Sunday 25 September 2016

Former home of Irish boxing legend Steve Collins on the market for €1.15m

Loachfail, Out Farm Lane, Castleknock, Dublin 15 €1.15m

Katy McGuinness

Published 17/04/2016 | 02:30

Loachfail was built by Steve Collins
The kitchen and dining area
Games room
Master bedroom
Aerial view

On March 18, 1995, in Millstreet, Co Cork, Irish boxer Steve Collins beat Chris Eubank on points to win the WBA super-middleweight title.

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It remains one of the biggest wins in the history of Irish boxing and he defended his title successfully seven times, including against Nigel Benn.

Around the time of his victory over Eubank, Collins built Loachfail, one of more than a dozen luxury homes on Out Farm Lane, a short distance from Castleknock in Dublin 15. It's a large and comfortable house ideally suited to family living on a grand scale, with 380sqm of living space on a 0.4 acre plot. The current owners are now down-sizing.

Loachfail is located behind a pair of the now obligatory electric gates, with a cobblelock driveway that has room to park a fleet of cars. The wraparound garden is in lawn to front and rear, surrounded by walls and with plenty of mature planting.

The gardens have been well maintained and feature a patio area for barbecuing and eating out of doors, as well as a substantial raised tree-house that will provide endless entertainment for children.

The house is in excellent condition, ready for a new family to make their own.

Master bedroom
Master bedroom
The kitchen and dining area
Games room
Aerial view

Certainly, a family could have a lot of fun with Loachfail, as it has been configured with entertaining and relaxation in mind.

There are enough different areas and space for the younger members to watch Peppa Pig, while the older ones are taking in a movie in the home cinema and the grown-ups are playing pool or having a few drinks with their friends in the games room (which just happens to have its own home bar), without any of them getting in each other's way.

The four ground-floor reception rooms and large open-plan kitchen are located off the octagonal-shaped reception hall. Walnut and maple flooring, recessed lighting and cornicing feature throughout.

The kitchen has an island unit that seats six and comes with plenty of fitted cabinets. There's a large bay-windowed TV/lounge area, plus a bright sun room that faces south-west and a separate utility room.

The formal dining room has an attractive bay window and marble fireplace, with a coal-effect fire, while the games room features a spiral staircase leading to an upper mezzanine level.

Up on the first floor, there are five bedrooms, three of which are en suite. The master bedroom has its own balcony and the en suite is particularly generous in size, having originally been two separate bathrooms.

The attic is used as a cinema room and playroom, both rooms having access to plentiful under-eaves storage.

Castleknock is seen as the most desirable of villages on Dublin's northside, with an impressive array of smart shops, pubs and restaurants.

As Loachfail is likely to be bought by a young family, its proximity to schools such as Castleknock College, Mount Sackville, St Brigid's National School and the Castleknock Educate Together will be another draw.

Phoenix Park and the Farmleigh Estate are two hugely popular local amenities. In terms of public transport, there are train stations at Castleknock and Parkway and a frequent bus service from the village into the city centre via the 37, 38 and 39 bus routes.

Dublin city centre is 5.6km away, while Dublin Airport is a 20-minute drive and there is easy access to both the M50 and M3.

Agent: Hunters Estates (01) 668 0008

Aerial view
Aerial view
The kitchen and dining area
Games room
Master bedroom

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