Wednesday 7 December 2016

Top let: grand designs on the rental market

Glenegeary, Co Dublin: Rent €9,000 per month

Published 02/09/2016 | 02:30

The exterior of the Old Vicarage
The exterior of the Old Vicarage
Two of the drawing/music rooms
The landing
The modern kitchen opens to a seating/dining room

Religion ain’t what it used to be. Bishops and priests advocate all sorts of humility and brow beating these days — humble men of the people and all that. In days gone by, it was different. The upper clergy lived as grandly as the aristocracy and were kowtowed to in much the same way.

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The Old Vicarage on Silchester Road in Glenageary is a fine example of the grandee style an upmarket vicar might have been expected to enjoy in the Victorian era.

It is a large, almost stately, family home now, with myriad elegant reception rooms, original features throughout and a sense of humour reflected in the more modern aspects of its design. Built in the 1860s, this detached double-fronted residence extends to 5,250 sq ft.

The entrance is to the side, leaving the extensive double bay windows to the front to be admired fully.

Tucked behind electric gates, the long driveway has a turning circle, plenty of parking and an enormous landscaped garden.

The entrance hall on the first floor is approached from an interior lobby which, in a nod to its heritage, has a Gothic styled fanlight reminiscent of church pews and is itself almost a room, with a large fireplace and tucked alcoves.

There is a double inter-locking formal drawing/music room in midnight blue, with lavish furnishing and drapes

(suitable if the Bishop should pay a house call). A large dining room is finished in deep red with floor-brushing drapes. A large study and bathroom are toward the rear.

In the east wing, the master bedroom has a canopied bed, dressing room and ensuite.

A lovely wrought-iron stair leads to the ground floor, which has another reception hall and three double bedrooms to the front.

At the rear is an entertainment room (with French doors), another bedroom and a wet-room bathroom, laundry and large, modern kitchen which opens to a seating/dining room the same size again.

A quirky design eye has modelled the full length floor-to-ceiling window with Gothic insets which are fun — it opens to the garden where there is a large selection of trees, plants, shrubbery and lawn with patios scattered.

Should you ever want to leave, there’s a Dart at both ends of Silchester Road, and Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey are the two nearest towns, with Glasthule and Sandycove nearby. 

Agent Aoife Hanlon says it’s the perfect family home. “It boasts spacious living areas, generously-sized bedrooms and a mature manicured garden. You rarely see or get the opportunity to rent a property of this calibre.”

LEASE:  One year

Enquiries:  Lisney (01) 662 4511

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