Blessington home is worth a dam €850k
Old Rectory €850k
When a new rectory was built in Blessington, Co Wicklow, in the 1870s, it was located in a pleasant enough setting a little way out the Kilbride Road.
The setting is a lot more pleasant nowadays, though, because in the 1870s there was no Blessington Lake. The reservoir didn't appear until the 1940s, with the damming of the River Liffey, for which dozens of homes were controversially evacuated.
The occupant of the rectory at the time must have been one of the few local residents pleased by the endeavour, because his modestly pretty view was suddenly replaced by a spectacular vista of water and wildlife.
The current rectory stands on 4.9 acres of grounds. It sits across the road from the lake but with an uninterrupted view of it, and it's only about half a kilometre from Blessington's main street.
Rectors were never expected to live in pokey houses, so it's a comparatively spacious 2,852 sq/ft. It still has period features such as high ceilings and sash windows, but it could do with modernising, its décor having been dragged forward as far as the 1950s at some point and then left there.
The ground floor is all given over to living rooms radiating off a central hall where the staircase is.
There are three reception rooms - a drawing room, a dining room and a living room, all with fireplaces.
The kitchen has quaint painted cabinets and an Aga. There's a utility room off it and a cloakroom and downstairs toilet.
Up on the first floor, meanwhile, there's a bathroom and five bedrooms, with the master bedroom en-suite.
Blessington is about 45 minutes' drive from Dublin via the N18. Joint agents Sherry FitzGerald Ballsbridge (01) 269 8888 and JP&M Doyle in Blessington (045 865 568) are selling Old Rectory for €850,000.