Monday 25 September 2017

Skerries home with beach views and a dream kitchen on the market for €925k

Extended home looks out over the beach and beyond

The facade
The facade

Eithne Tynan

Against the south wall of the chancel of Holmpatrick Church of Ireland church in Skerries, County Dublin, there's a brass plaque on a wooden mount. It commemorates a son of the parish, Richard Wellington Shegog, who died while trying to save the lives of others.

Shegog was a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, a graduate of Trinity College who enlisted in 1915. He was working in a dressing station on the front line during the Ypres campaign when it was shelled, and he died of his wounds the following day.

Kitchen with breakfast bar
Kitchen with breakfast bar

That was August 1, 1917, and he was 31-years-old. He left a young widow, Florence, and an infant son, also named Richard, who had been born the previous year.

He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Ypres.

Salcombe (below left) is situated just off the beach in Skerries
Salcombe (below left) is situated just off the beach in Skerries

"Your husband was one of the coolest men I have been with," the chaplain, Leonard B Caley, wrote in a letter to Florence after his death. "He showed me photos of you and the baby. He kept them in his Bible."

Another chaplain wrote to assure Florence that "your husband died a hero", as he had continued his work of trying to help the injured even in a heavily shelled position.

The 90ft long front garden is almost right on the beach
The 90ft long front garden is almost right on the beach

The young army doctor was the son of the rector of Holmpatrick, another Richard Shegog, and his home was at 'Salcombe', at nearby Great Strand Street, not 200 metres from the church where his name has been preserved for posterity.

The house had been built in 1896 and is one of a cluster of four Victorian semi-detached properties staring fixedly eastward, with their backs to the common thoroughfare.

The family room
The family room

It's easy to see why, as the whole of Skerries South Strand stretches out in front of them in a limitless coastal view that begins almost where the front garden ends.

The house has now been upgraded and extended, but it still has many of the features that might have been there during Richard Wellington Shegog's boyhood, including the high ceilings, the sash windows (though they're now double-glazed versions) and the fireplaces.

Master bedroom with Victorian marble fireplace,
Master bedroom with Victorian marble fireplace,

But there are modern conveniences now that would have amazed Richard, such as gas-fired central heating and solar panels for hot water.

The overall floor area is now 2,314 sq ft in a split-level arrangement, with two storeys at the front and three at the back.

The bathroom
The bathroom

The extension added space to both the ground and first-floor levels, and is equipped with underfloor heating.

On the ground floor, the extension takes the form of an open-plan kitchen and dining room at the back of the house, with a glass wall and patio door giving onto a pretty paved courtyard garden.

The extended, three-storey rear of the property
The extended, three-storey rear of the property

There's oak flooring in the dining area, while the bespoke kitchen has granite countertops and a round breakfast bar.

Elsewhere on this split-level ground floor there are two comfortable reception rooms. One is a high-ceilinged sitting room at the front of the house, getting the best of the sea views, and with a gas-fitted fireplace to keep the chilly sea breeze at bay.

The other is a family room which opens into the dining room, and it too has an oak floor and a gas-fitted fireplace.

Back in Richard Shegog's day, the drawing room was upstairs on the first floor, complete with ceiling coving and ornate centrepiece, and two big sash windows from which to supervise the goings-on on the beach. This has now been converted to the master bedroom and it has a Victorian marble fireplace (gas-fitted).

There are two more bedrooms on the first floor and return levels, and another two on the second floor, both with period fireplaces.

There's also a shower room on the top floor.

By way of storage and offices, there's also a utility room and workshop at ground level and, handily enough, a cellar beneath the sitting room - not high enough to stand in but useful for storage.

The courtyard garden out the back faces due west, for evening sun, and is surrounded by creeper-clad stone walls and raised flower beds in cut stone.

At the end of the garden is a sliding wooden gate offering vehicle access from a rear laneway.

The front garden, meanwhile, is 90ft long and mostly lawned, with a hedge and flowerbeds and a gravelled path leading down to a pedestrian gate. Beyond that is Weldon's Lane and then the sea, stretching as far as the eye can see.

It's less than ten minutes' walk from here to the centre of Skerries, and you can stroll along the beach to get there, if you like.

The railway station is about one-and-a-half kilometres away, and there are dozens of commuter trains every day from there to Dublin Connolly.

Alternatively you can drive down the M1 and reach the city centre in about 40 minutes.

'Salcombe', at South Strand in Skerries, is for sale with agents Sherry FitzGerald Blanc in Swords, (01) 890 0944, and has an asking price of €925,000.

Salcombe

Holmpatrick, Skerries, Co Dublin

Asking price: €925,000

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Blanc in Swords, (01) 890 0944

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