Wicklow home with views to thrill on the market for €645k
Carpathia Kilmolin, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow: €645,000
It's all very well hankering after country air and a view of the hills, but for families there are often tough compromises to be made when it comes to balancing the oxygen of life in the countryside with the practicalities of everyday life. Too often, the price that parents pay for all that fresh air and being able to permit their children a degree of freedom that they would never have in the suburbs is a second career as a chauffeur.
Devoted mothers and fathers spend years of their lives ferrying their offspring to and from school, and backwards and forwards from extra-curricular activities, parties and discos, often ending up too exhausted to appreciate the pleasures of their rural environment and without the time to devote to the chickens and raised vegetable beds that attracted them there in the first place.
There will be no such deal with the devil to be done by the new owners of Carpathia, a fine four-bedroom family bungalow three minutes' drive from the picturesque village of Enniskerry - because right outside the gate is the bus stop from where the 185 feeder bus serves Bray, the local schools, and the endless possibilities of the Dart line. The current owner says that the bus service is so regular and reliable that "you can run your life by it". It has, she says, given her children independence from an early age.
From Enniskerry itself, the number 44 bus brings locals to the fleshpots of Dundrum Town Centre and beyond, all the way to DCU.
With the transport logistics taken care of, new owners will be able to sit back and relax and enjoy the views - of which there are plenty. From the side of the house there is a 360-degree panorama that takes in everything from the Dublin Mountains to the Scalp and Dublin Bay, with the Little Sugarloaf, Rocky Valley, the Sugarloaf proper and Bray Head all featuring. At this time of year, with the foliage turning, there is no need to head for New England - the colours here are simply magnificent.
Carpathia is a house that has seen plenty of parties in its time, with as many as 200 guests celebrating everything from significant birthdays to christenings. The owner says that the conservatory at the back of the house is "where all the action takes place", summer and winter. "It's hidden from the road," she says, "and it opens out onto a wide terrace. It just draws people to it."
Inside, Carpathia (named, incidentally, for the first boat that came to the rescue of the Titanic) is a bright, light-filled home that feels warm and welcoming, with four bedrooms, a kitchen/dining room and living room as well as that beguiling conservatory.
Outside, the tiered garden is configured to maximise the views - a photogenic herd of brown and cream Farrow & Ball cows is generally present in the background - and offers places for children to play, as well as the tantalising prospect of installing a tennis court on the lower tier, something that the current owner never got around to.
Enniskerry village is, she says, a real community, with schools, shops, The Parting Glass wine shop, Kennedy's and The Kingfisher, two lovely cafés, and, crucially, an excellent pub, The Powerscourt Arms.
Size: 110 sqm
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 286 6630
Viewing: Strictly by appointment