Friday 24 March 2017

Wicklow home with clear views to Wales on the market for €1.5m

Wingfield House Dunbur Lower, Wicklow town, Co Wicklow €1.5m

Wingfield House in Wicklow has clear views to Wales
Wingfield House in Wicklow has clear views to Wales
The three-level extension
Wingfield's kitchen

Katy McGuinness

Wingfield is a name long associated with Co Wicklow, being the family name of the Viscounts Powerscourt of the Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry. They were once the second largest landowners in Co Wicklow, holding over 40,000 acres. Prior to coming to Ireland, the family lived at Wingfield Castle in Suffolk. Sir Richard Wingfield was made Marshal of Ireland by Elizabeth I, honoured by James I for his military achievements, and created Viscount Powerscourt in 1618.

But Wingfield House, located 3km outside of Wicklow Town to the south, has no connection with the Powerscourt Estate. The owners had lived in a house called Wingfield in Co Kildare, they say, and they liked the name so decided to use it again when they moved to Wicklow. For both of them it was a homecoming, in that they were born and bred in the area and, now that their children are grown, they are hoping to down-size to a smaller house and spend their retirement travelling around the world visiting their offspring.

Once past the electric gates on the main road, you drive for half a mile between green fields to reach the house, photogenic bunnies hopping around on all sides. Wingfield comes with almost 11 acres of land and, while the current owners do not keep any livestock, this would be a possibility for prospective purchasers with a hankering for a touch of the good life. (The closest the current owners came, they say, was raising turkeys for family and friends at Christmas one year.)

It's hard to concentrate on the road, however, because the view is so distracting. The Wicklow Lighthouse, now under the auspices of the Irish Landmark Trust and available for short-term lets, is in the foreground and beyond is Howth and, on a clear day, Wales.

Wingfield House in Wicklow has clear views to Wales
Wingfield House in Wicklow has clear views to Wales
The three-level extension
Wingfield's kitchen

"You could see Snowdonia yesterday," say the owners, who bought the property in 2000 and spent four years trying to obtain planning permission to extend what was a modest two-storey farmhouse dating from around 1850 into the substantial family home that it is now. Planning is notoriously difficult to achieve in the Garden of Ireland, and the couple are fulsome in their praise for local architect, Padraig Smith, who eventually got them their permission.

Smith added on a three-level extension to the back of the original farmhouse, and it is in this new extension that most of the living takes place. The kitchen / dining / living area has a cosy Aga and a wood-burning stove, and makes the most of the views with French doors opening out onto three balconies taking in the southern, eastern and northern aspects. The ground floor rooms in the original farmhouse - "the Christmas rooms", say the owners - are used as a grand hall / dining room and sitting room, both with marble fireplaces.

Two of the five large en suite bedrooms are located upstairs in the original house, while three are downstairs in the extension, where there is also a laundry room and a dry infra-red sauna. The house has geo-thermal and underfloor heating and an impressive B1 BER rating. The gardens are in lawn with mature trees and there are three stone outhouses with slate roofs that would lend themselves to any number of purposes.

Era: 1850 / 2004

Size: 399.5 sqm

Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 6623255

Viewing: By appointment

Wingfield's kitchen
Wingfield's kitchen
The three-level extension
Wingfield House in Wicklow has clear views to Wales

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