Friday 31 October 2014

Take four: Homes for gardeners

Published 02/05/2014 | 02:30

5 Rathmichael Dales, Co Dublin
The Garden House, Castletown, Co Kildare
The Haven, Ballymackessy, Co Wexford

What: Four bedroom modern house on one acre garden

Where: Aughrus, 5 Rathmichael Dales, Co Dublin

Accessed via electric gates the one acre of lawn, shrubbery and trees are evident. There is also a rockery and water feature in this garden which also has a south-west facing patio.

The property, built in 1990 measures 3,050 sq ft and has four bedrooms (two ensuite) along with a large kitchen/breakfast room (21' x 15'9"), reception hall, dining room, drawing room, family room and study. There is a detached garage also. The BER rating is C2.

Rathmichael is near Shankill village and access to both the N11 and the M50 is a 3km drive. There are plenty of schools nearby including Loreto and St Gerard's in Bray.

Enquiries to: Lisney (01) 2806820

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What: Former estate gardener's residence Where: The Garden House, Castletown, Co Kildare

Constructed in 1860 as a residence for the head gardener at the Castletown estate, The Garden House sits on a one acre site in woodland on the estate, now owned by the OPW.

It originally produced fruit and vegetables. Many of the trees, flowers and plants remain. There is some refurbishment required to the property which is accessed through the woodland driveway and measures 2,700 sq ft.

Downstairs reception rooms include a sitting room, dining room, drawing room, library and garden room, which leads out to a courtyard. The kitchen has fitted wall and base units and leads also to the garden. Upstairs are four bedrooms, the main en-suite and a bathroom. There is a tennis court and an outside annex which requires refitting. The property is BER G rated so could also benefit from insulation upgrade works.

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What: Four-bedroom detached home with gardens

Where: 12 Hyde Park, Terenure, Dublin 6W

With four bedrooms (master en suite) and four reception rooms, Number 12 is certainly well proportioned.

It comes in at 2,360 sq ft and includes a drawing room, dining room, family/sunroom and study along with the integrated kitchen which has French doors out to the garden.

Both front and back are landscaped with flower beds, herbaceous borders and mature trees.

The rear garden is 60' x 40' in size and includes a sheltered London stone patio and a gravelled courtyard garden.

There are two sheds and entrances from both sides.

Located just off Fortfield Road and behind Bushy Park, and between Terenure and Templeogue villages, access to the M50 motorway is 3km away.

Enquiries to: Sherry Fitzgerald Terenure (01) 4907433

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What: Four bedroom bungalow on 0.7 acre garden

Where: The Haven, Ballymackessy, Co Wexford

This 11-year-old property comprises a kitchen/diner and sitting room (15'7" x 15'2") along with four bedrooms, main ensuite, together with a utility and main bathroom.

The total is 1,400 sq ft. There is a detached garage and two Barna sheds also, suitable for storing all those garden tools. The Haven is 5km from Enniscorthy town.

The gardens themselves have been fully landscaped and appear more mature than their age.

There is a large patio area and although mainly in lawn, there is low-maintenance shrubbery and flower beds and the whole looks out over countryside, giving a larger feel to the gardens, which are 0.7 acres.

The house is BER rated C1.

Enquiries to: Paula Treacy Estates, Wexford (053) 9242140

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