Monday 5 December 2016

Top let: Grand designs on the rental market

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

The exterior.
The exterior.
The round tower, which the window overlooks.
The living room bay window which overlooks the round tower.
The exterior of the property.
The back door.

When you look out the window of your home, it’s nice to have a view. For most of us, it’s just the house opposite or a busy street; for some, it’s a green field or perhaps a glimpse of the seashore.

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For the new tenants of this country house in Glendalough, it’s the famed and historic round tower, deliberately in the frame of the large bay window in the living room.

Interestingly, the conical top of the megalithic tower was only replaced in 1876, a mere 16 years before this former hunting lodge was renovated, but the main structure is, of course, almost 1,000 years old (the tower, not the house!), and one of our most popular tourist attractions.

The current family, whose ancestors have occupied the lodge since it was built, found themselves temporarily imprisoned in it by the Secret Service when Michelle Obama and her daughters came to visit Glendalough in 2013 given its proximity — it’s literally a few steps away.

The 3,552 sq ft property is located behind original wrought iron gates and has been extended on several occasions. The house is set in extensive landscaped grounds, including a walled garden with parking for four or five cars, bordering on the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Happily, the landlord is providing a gardener to do the necessary, and a great deal of necessary it is.

The interior has a range of reception rooms; the main two have large bay windows, open fireplaces and high ceilings. There are two studies or offices and a den/playroom.

Also on the ground floor level is the brand new kitchen/dining room with Siemens appliances, a utility room, larder and shower room.

There is access to the back garden and patio from here.

There are five bedrooms upstairs, one ensuite and two bathrooms, all newly kitted out. A laundry room on the first floor completes the accommodation, which is unfurnished.

Agent Nicholas Crawford says it would be ideally suited to someone who wants to be away from it all, but from a commutable distance.

“The house has a spiritual quality and would suit a writer or someone in the film business (Ardmore Studios is nearby), or the corporate market. It’s just 18 minutes from the N11.”

LEASE:  One Year

Enquiries:  Crawfords (01) 2859441

 

Clockwise from above:; views of Glendalough; the      back door; the living room bay window overlooks the round tower; and the kitchen

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