Four of a kind in the Garden of Ireland
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Realt-na-Mara, 1 Fontenoy Terrace, Strand Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, €695,000
With views from its front door directly out to the sea, this four-bedroom early Victorian house in Bray, built in 1847, has 147sqm of living space and is set at one end of a picturesque terrace of two-bay properties, on a quiet cul-de-sac. The house has been fully restored by the current owners and retains its period charm and original features while having been reconfigured for modern family life.
The sea-front location has none of the traffic noise or bustle of the main promenade, without compromising on sea views. It sits at the foot of Bray Head and the popular Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk, a 7km well-maintained route that winds along the headland. Ideally located for water sports, swimming and sea-kayaking, the terrace is home to musicians and artists, and has a strong community spirit with regular barbecues and parties organised by residents during the summer months. The property has been used as a rental to tenants in the film and television industry, with the directors of The Vikings and Penny Dreadful having stayed in the house while working locally. The terrace is named after the 1745 Battle of Fontenoy and the house was built as a recuperation home for British officers at a time when Bray was the Brighton of Ireland and the fashionable set were flocking to the seaside town to take the air and bathe.
Set back from the road, the house shares an entrance with its neighbours and is reached via a gravel drive flanked by lawn with mature planting and parking. Granite steps lead to the front door, which has a plain fanlight above.
The hall is bright and spacious, and to the right is the drawing room which interconnects to a dining room. The kitchen/breakfast room with Rayburn is to the rear. On the first floor return there's a fine double bedroom and family bathroom, while on the first floor there are two large double bedrooms and a single.
The back garden is set out in raised beds with mature planting and a productive vegetable patch.
Agent: Hunters (01) 275 1640
Residents of Aughavannagh describe their village as "the last place that God made". It's an area of outstanding natural beauty, located on the Wicklow Way, yet only 64km from Dublin. Mountain View sits on gardens of an acre. Downstairs, there's a spacious entrance hall and sitting room with double doors out to the garden and water feature. There's also a cosy TV room and a country-style kitchen with utility room, plus a double bedroom and the family bathroom at ground-floor level. Upstairs, there are three further bedrooms and a shower room.
Agent: Dooley Poynton (0404) 62292/
O'Mahony Auctioneers (01) 298 3500
Gorse Cottage is a picturesque cottage in the heart of Glendalough that would make a perfect artist's retreat. The interior is light-filled and the open-plan accommodation full of character and charm.
Located on grounds of 1.5 acres, the cottage is private, yet close to the village of Laragh, for shopping, pubs and cafes, and a 40-minute drive from Dublin. Features include original timber floorboards, large open fireplace and glorious views of the surrounding countryside, plus a separate annex, and the gardens are bordered by a stream leading directly to Glendalough Lakes and St Kevin's Church.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (0404) 66466
This former Georgian rectory, dating from 1711 in a glorious, mature setting, comes with three guest cottages and a staff apartment, and is located just an hour from Dublin. The Old Rectory has operated as a holistic retreat centre for over 20 years, but could easily revert to being a private family home. The main house has three large reception rooms retaining some original period features, plus a sunroom with deck. Upstairs there are six bedrooms and three shower rooms. The gardens are planted with numerous mature shrubs and trees, including a magnificent specimen holly tree, which is amongst the very largest in Ireland.
Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255