Timber-framed Woodstock is on the market in Rathmichael for €1.35m
There's a quasi-rural feel to this well located home
The name of Woodstock is synonymous both with a seminal music festival and the spirit of peace and love associated with the hippie movement. Held in upstate New York in 1969, it featured legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Santana.
It's a good name for a house, too, particularly one of timber-frame post and beam construction built in a part of Co Dublin that, until quite recently, had an agricultural sensibility belying its proximity to the capital. Rathmichael still feels quasi-rural, even though it is now bisected by the M50 and its original cottages and farmhouses are interspersed with all manner of modern mansions built during the heady days of the early noughties.
This is a timber-frame house, with 3,000 sq ft of living space. Externally, it's clad with reclaimed red brick, and the roof uses attractive French clay tiles.
Inside, the post and beam construction makes for a light and airy feel, with fewer walls than are customary and lending the interior a unique and almost rustic character that goes with its arts and crafts-style exterior.
Rathmichael lies above Shankill, and at its heart is an ancient ruined church and round tower. These lie within an earlier structure that historian Peter Pearson says must once have been one of the largest ringforts in Ireland, and an indicator that Rathmichael was a place of importance in early Christian times.
Evidence of human settlement from the pre-Christian period is seen in the inscribed stone slabs featuring concentric stone circles, cup marks and herringbone patterns found here, similar to those seen in Dalkey and other locations in south Dublin.
Another sign of Rathmichael's significance, writes Pearson in his book, Between the Mountains and the Sea, is that it was one of the only places in Co Dublin that had the right, since medieval times, to hold an annual fair, which took place on October 10 each year.
These days, Rathmichael's annual fete - hosted by the local parish and school each September - is more likely to feature gluten-free home-bakes, artisan marmalade and cuttings from green-fingered gardeners than the horses, cattle and frize (a type of cloth used in rough garments and cloaks) that featured in 1801.
And where once the traffic on the roads was of the horse-drawn variety, these days it's made up of local residents commuting in and out of Dublin city centre, and to and from the airport, for which it is conveniently located.
Woodstock was built in 2001, at around the same time as many of the other large detached homes in Rathmichael. Proximity to the city combined with larger gardens than were available - or affordable - in other, longer-established, suburbs contributed to Rathmichael's semi-rural appeal. And parking is not an issue in Rathmichael, because every house has room for a whole fleet of vehicles, with at least one likely to be a four-wheel drive.
Woodstock stands on 1.1 acres of private grounds, and is approached via a sweeping driveway that leads to a large gravelled parking area in front of the house. There are lawns bordered by mature trees and shrubbery, and the site feels secluded and private.
It comes with the benefit of outline planning permission for a second detached house, and so may be of appeal to multi-generational purchasers looking for a site that offers the possibility of two adjacent yet independent residences, as well as those in search of a development opportunity. At ground floor level, there's a double-height entrance hall overlooked by a galleried landing.
The kitchen is a luxurious room with an Italian travertine tiled floor and open fireplace.
The custom-made solid maple kitchen features black granite worktops, and top-of-the-range appliances including a Britannia oven with five-ring ceramic hob, and Zanussi dishwasher. There's a trendy Belfast sink and a spacious dining area with doors leading to the outside.
Also on the ground floor are a living room and study/family room, sunroom, guest lavatory and utility room.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, two of which are doubles. The master bedroom is ensuite, and has a walk-in wardrobe and there is also a family bathroom.
The benefits of a recently-constructed house are evident in the double-glazing throughout, a high-tech central vacuum system, the air to water heating system, and under-floor heating. Woodstock also has de rigueur electric gates and a video intercom system.
Despite its country living feel, Woodstock is handy for both Shankill village and its DART station, as well as for the Luas at Cherrywood and the Aircoach service. There are several bus routes in the area, as well as numerous primary and secondary schools, including the fee-paying St. Gerard's which caters for boys and girls of all ages.
Falls Road, Rathmichael, Co Dublin
Asking price: €1.35m
Agent: DNG (01) 2301616