Monday 25 September 2017

This Dalkey cottage once belonged to George Bernard Shaw and it's on the market for €2.3m

Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
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This stunning cottage with views of Dublin Bay once belonged to Irish playwright and literary icon, George Bernard Shaw, and it's on the market for €2.3 million.

The Oscar and Nobel Prize winner lived at Torca Cottage between 1866 and 1874, with his family and mother's close friend, George John Lee.

Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald

His childhood home is now a celebrated stop Dublin’s tourist trail. It's where Lee, a constant figure in the young Bernard Shaw's life, introduced him to what would become a lifelong obsession for words and music.

The property has been meticulously upgraded and extended since Bernard Shaw's time. The five-bedroom, 286sq m (3,078sq ft) house features open plan receptions, upgraded bedrooms, landscaped gardens, electronic security gates, underfloor heating and two large sun decks.

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Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
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Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
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Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
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Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
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Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald

One thing that hasn't changed since the playwright's time is the unparalleled views of Killiney Bay, from Sorrento Terrace around to Bray Head and Greystones beyond.

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Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald
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Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald

It's easy to picture lazy mornings in one of the downstairs en-suite bedrooms, a copy of Pygmallion in one hand and a coffee in the other, as you take in the glimpses of the sea through the French windows.

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Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald

Bernard Shaw's Torca Cottage is the best known house in this sleepy area of Dalkey and may have replaced one of the earlier quarrymen's cabins on the same site.

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Torca Cottage. Photo: Sherry FitzGerald

He later wrote about the cottage:"'I lived on a hilltop with the most beautiful view in the world - I had only to open my eyes to see such pictures as no painter could make for me."

Torca Cottage

Torca Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin

Asking price: €2.43m

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald 01 275 1000

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