Sunday 15 December 2019

A one bedroom Martello tower fit for a king in Dalkey

Situated at the edge of the Irish Sea this beautiful bolt hole offers panoramic views of Dublin Bay, a coastline often compared to that of Naples.

One of only two Martello towers in private residential use in Dublin, this labour of love comes on the market for €2m. 

The Bullock Martello Tower remains the most remarkable structure on the Bartra property.

The quirky yet fastidiously authentic building stands behind high walls, amid sheltered gardens, affording total privacy from surrounding homes in the estate.

Access is up a steel set of stairs, the most significant intervention to the exterior as, in years gone by, this was via a ladder.

Inside, a domestic scene has been created but the character of the tower has been wholly retained. The limited palette of materials, textiles and colours were chosen to complement the granite stone structure. 

A clear glass door with stainless steel frames was put in place to allow as much light to flow into the former Garrison Room – which once slept 12 soldiers – as possible.

This first floor level has been transformed into a stunning living, dining and reception area – complete with suspended stainless steel kitchen.

A private master suite, comprised of a bedroom, dressing area and en suite bathroom, lies on the lower floor.

A Victoria and Albert bath standing at the foot of the bed, original fireplace to one side, the cubby hole is a haven of peace, warmth and tranquillity.

The original gun powder storage room has been transformed into a gleaming shower room made of Italian marble. Originally this floor was made of clay so that guns could safely be stored there.

Up on top floor - accessed by boat-like nooks - a timber-decked roof garden, with a 360 degree panorama stretching from Howth Head to Killiney, greets your arrival.

The view of the whole of Dublin Bay, Dublin city and the Dublin mountains brings home to you the true beauty of Bartra Tower – its location.

Contact agent:  Ganly Waters (01) 662 3255

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