With an escape route to the sea
Dunard, Chapel Pass €650k
The seaside village of Blackrock in County Louth began to be a fashionable watering place back in the 19th century, and there were enhancements to lure holidaymakers, including hotels, a promenade and various secluded bathing places for use by demure swimmers.
North of the village centre is the Priests' Beach, and directly north of that is the Ladies' Beach, and truth be told the two beaches might be a little too close together to satisfy the modesty of either party.
If you did find yourself tempted into any mischief by the proximity of half-naked priests or ladies (or both), you could avoid the consequences by escaping into your home at Dunard, a fine red-roofed house at Chapel Pass. A flight of steps leads up from the Sea Road directly to the garden of Dunard, so you could be in your drawing room within minutes, denying any unwholesome curiosity about unfrocked bathers.
Needless to say, thanks to its situation in an elevated spot above the beaches, Dunard has magnificent views of the Irish Sea and the Cooley Mountains. A new owner might even consider switching the interior layout to make the absolute most of the views, by putting the living rooms upstairs.
As it stands the first floor is occupied by four bedrooms, and the master bedroom is rather special, having an en suite shower, a walk-in wardrobe and two balconies - one east and one west.
The ground-floor layout is designed to give most of the rooms a good view. The drawing room is dual-aspect, with a marble fireplace. There's a bay-windowed sitting room as well, together with an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room with French doors to the patio. The overall floor area is 3,168 sq ft.
Dunard is for sale for €650k with Sherry FitzGerald Carroll, (042) 933 2173.