Wicklow home with a baby grand piano and room for three generations goes on the market for €995k
The Gables 8 Riverfield Delgany, Co Wicklow €995,000
When Dermot Cafferky, head of Arrow Advertising and a director at the Eamonn Andrews Studio, sold the beautiful late Victorian property Thorndale House in Delgany, he wisely held onto six acres of the grounds.
Together with his son Darragh and daughter-in-law Ann, they commissioned an architect to build them a new home with a triple purpose back in the early 1990s. It was to be a family house for Ann and Darragh and their three children (another arrived soon after) with an extra wing for Dermot. He would be self-sufficient - he was, after all, in his sixties at the time with a hectic social calendar and varied business interests - but he would also be part of an extended household. It also needed to accommodate his baby grand piano.
It was an arrangement that worked beautifully for all involved, says his daughter-in-law Ann. Though, sadly, Dermot died in 2009, her four children grew up knowing their grandfather well, while he could enjoy their company - and crucially, also close the door to his wing of the house when he wanted peace and quiet.
Now, 23 years later, Ann and Darragh themselves are downsizing. The Gables was built on a 3/4 acre site and they have sliced off what was formerly their tennis court, an area that runs to a quarter of an acre, to build themselves a new dormer bungalow more suited to their needs now that most of the children are grown and flown.
The Gables came onto the market in June of this year at €1.05m but has recently seen a price drop to €995,000. That sum will buy you a generously-sized seven-bedroom home on a half-acre site within walking distance of Delgany village and, via a short cut, 15 minutes from the hipster hub of Greystones, its restaurants and shops.
Built on a rise with views of the Sugarloaf and a lovely sheltered garden screened off by mature planting, the house is bright and spacious. In designing their new home next door, the couple have gone to great lengths to ensure the views and that privacy have been maintained.
The front door is set in the centre of an L-shaped building, the family quarters and five bedrooms to the right, while to the left is self-contained accommodation comprising, on the ground floor, a sitting room, dining room, utility room, kitchen and bedroom with en suite. A spiral staircase leads upstairs to another bedroom or study.
On the family side of the house, there is an elegant drawing room with wooden-beamed ceiling where the baby grand now stands. There is a cosy TV room that one suspects is popular in winter, an office, guest WC and, crucially now that open plan kitchen/dining is the norm, a generous kitchen with breakfast bar and separate dining area. A large sunroom with comfortable sofas and double doors out to the garden has a wood-lined ceiling. It's a space bathed in sunlight and overlooks the garden with a paved area.
Upstairs, there are five large bedrooms with Velux windows in the pitched roof so that all are filled with light. The master has an en suite.
"We've been really lucky here," says Ann. "The kids have thrived, it's been a great family house - the place that all the children's friends come to. There's always been a great sense of fun here. But we're happy to move on now, we're staying in the area, after all."
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