Seaside Victorian prom queen rules in Bray
No one did seaside living like the Victorians, with their direct rail lines to the coast, their brass bands and their long promenades on which to see and be seen.
When Caragh was built at Sidmonton Road in the mid-19th Century, Bray was the most popular seaside resort in Ireland. And the house still looks much as it probably did then.
A three-storey house including a garden flat, Caragh still has its original window shutters, and they still work.
It also has original varnished pine floors, and fireplaces all over the place.
There are three reception rooms on the main floor: a drawing room with a bay window and Carrara marble fireplace; a dining room, also with a bay window and fireplace; and a morning room overlooking the back garden with yet another fireplace.
The kitchen/breakfast room, incorporating an extension, measures almost 28 feet by just over 16 feet. It houses an oil-fired range as a back-up to the main, gas-fired central heating system.
Upstairs, the first bedroom has a bay window offering views of Bray Head, and an en suite shower room.
Four other bedrooms and the main bathroom with free-standing bath are also on this floor.
At garden level is a large study in what was originally the kitchen, and a utility room. The garden flat comprises a living room/ kitchen with bay window, and a double bedroom with built-in wardrobes.
The front garden has lawns and flowerbeds and a parking area, while the back garden has lawns on two levels, patios, and climbing roses.
Caragh is on a corner site with dual frontage onto Sidmonton Road and Convent Avenue. It's less than one kilometre from Bray Dart station, and around five minutes' walk from the prom.
Caragh is for sale through HJ Byrne auctioneers in Bray (01-286 2113), with an asking price of €1m.