Home at the foot of the Wicklow mountains on the market for €695k
Space and privacy in scenic Co Wicklow within easy reach of Dublin
At the time when the owners of Cedar Creek bought the house back in 2010, it was surrounded by trees that were completely blocking the view of Djouce mountain. Knowing that this was one of the best features of the house, they set about removing the small forest to reveal a beautiful view over the Wicklow mountains.
Not from the area, the owners were drawn to Roundwood for the space it provided, while not being too far from the capital. "We loved the space and privacy that the house offers, while still allowing an easy enough commute to Dublin," says the owner. "There is so much to love about this area - Glendalough is close by, as are the Sugarloaf, parts of the Wicklow Way and the Sally Gap. There are excellent biking trails, golf clubs and local pubs serving great food."
The house was built in 1976, when energy ratings weren't given too much thought. There was one fireplace with an open fire, that the current owners removed and replaced with not one, but two wood-burning stoves. They also insulated the whole property, and brought the BER from D1 to an impressive B3.
"My favourite thing in the house is the stove," says the owner. "It provides such warmth and cosiness, so it's lovely to sit by it and relax in the evenings. My husband loves the garden, particularly early in the morning or on late summer evenings."
Cedar Creek is a well-presented four-bed home with a generous floor area of 2,786 sq ft.
Double front doors lead into the hall. To the left is a playroom, which could easily be used as a home office or study. Beside this is a bedroom with built-in wardrobes and wood flooring. There is a guest bathroom to the right of the bedroom.
To the right of the hall is the main living room with a wood-burning stove set in a brick hearth. Behind this room is the open-plan kitchen/dining room. The kitchen is fitted with cream country-style units with granite worktops. There is a matching dresser, an integrated Neff double oven and hob, and an American fridge-freezer. Patio doors open out to the garden, and there is a utility room to the side that's plumbed for a washing machine and dryer.
An opening from the kitchen brings you into another living room, also with a stove and a built-in television unit. This then leads into yet another reception room that could be used as a guest bedroom or kids' den.
Upstairs there are three more bedrooms. The master has an en-suite shower room, as does the second bedroom. The third bedroom has a nice window seat to make the most of the mountain views. There is also a family bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower and his and hers sinks.
The house sits on a large plot of nearly an acre, laid out mostly in lawn with mature trees and shrubs. It has electronic security gates and parking for several cars. There is a paved patio to the rear, where you can sit back and really appreciate Djouce in all its glory.
The house is 10km off the M11 motorway, just outside the village of Roundwood in Co Wicklow. The picturesque village is 45 minutes from Dublin city centre, making a commute into the capital very manageable. Once on the motorway, Dublin Airport is also about 45 minutes away.
If you don't like the idea of sitting in traffic, the DART departs from Greystones, which is 20 minutes from Roundwood. Wicklow town and its many shops and supermarkets is 18km south, or Bray is only 18km in the opposite direction.
What To Do
It's easy to see why Wicklow is the capital's favourite playground. A short drive takes you to some of Ireland's most scenic places, with walks, biking trails, golf courses, beaches, restaurants, cosy pubs and artisan food produce galore.
There is such a variety of walking routes throughout the county that you need never get bored with the same scenery. Close to the property is the Sugarloaf, which is a favourite with families at weekends. A track leads you to the shoulder of the mountain, where it then becomes a steep climb to the top. Kids feel a real sense of achievement at they reach the summit and can look down over Wicklow and Dublin.
For more serious hikers, the Lugnaquilla Mountain Trail is popular with experienced groups. Standing at 925m, it can be difficult to navigate in poor weather, so walkers need to be fully prepared for the exposed conditions.
Wicklow is well known to film buffs for the part it's played in movies like Braveheart, My Left Foot, Ella Enchanted and John Boorman's Excalibur. The Excalibur Drive is a 42-mile round trip that starts and finishes in Roundwood. It takes you past locations that were used in films in the county, including Kilruddery House, where the likes of Far and Away and The Count Of Monte Cristo were shot.
For golfers, there are three courses on your doorstep - Ballinastoe Golf Club, Roundwood and Djouce.
Eating and Drinking
You don't have to travel far for a good feed around these parts. The Roundwood Inn in the village is a traditional pub where locals meet and put the world to rights over a delicious pint of Guinness and a great roast chicken and chips.
Just down the road, the Grange Kitchen at Djouce golf club doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside is a warm, cosy restaurant serving really good home-cooked food, using local ingredients where possible. It gets busy at weekends with weary walkers who are looking to recharge their batteries.
The ever-reliable Avoca is only 10 minutes away in Kilmacanogue, which is great for the days when you can't be bothered to cook and like the idea of going home and throwing something tasty in the oven.
Dubliners aren't the only set of people who like to escape to Wicklow, it's also a popular spot with actors who are looking for a quiet life, out of the spotlight. Daniel Day Lewis and director John Boorman live five minutes from Roundwood in Annamoe with their families and are regularly spotted in the Roundwood Inn.
The late John Hurt also spent several years living close to Lough Dan and was well known to locals for getting involved in community charity events.
What's Not To Like
There are three reception rooms on one floor of Cedar Creek, so new owners may want to look at redesigning the downstairs to make better use of the space.
Roundwood, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €695,000
Agent: Savills (01) 288 5011