Tuesday 24 April 2018

Check out the indoor pool in this €3.25m Howth home with two helipads

Home for high-fliers with two helipads and a spectacular position

An aerial view
An aerial view
Six sets of double doors lead from the pool out to the garden
Pine Lodge's distinctive facade
One of the four bedrooms
The hallway
The spacious kitchen is fitted out to a professional standard
The main reception room, ideal for entertaining guests
The dining room
Courtyard with sitting area
The bathroom

Katy McGuinness

Never mind that island they keep talking about on those Lotto ads, anyone striking it rich or coming into an unexpected windfall (it would have to be a significant one) over the coming weeks might think about splashing out on Pine Lodge, a lavish property on a secluded site on Howth Summit that comes with all the trappings for a very nice life indeed.

Amongst the features that make the house so desirable for those with a taste for the good things in life is an indoor swimming pool, which would allow new owners to enjoy that holiday feeling all year round, even in the depths of winter.

The pool has a depth of 3 to 4 ft, which precludes any Tom Daley-style diving antics, but is more than adequate for putting in a few gentle laps and generally splashing around with friends and family. Six sets of double doors lead out to the garden so, when the Irish weather does oblige, Pine Lodge really can serve as a mini-private holiday resort.

The swimming pool is not the only lavish feature. The house benefits from not just one, but two helicopter pads, which will come in handy if the new owners have plenty of equally high-flying friends. The current owner worked in aviation and flew his own helicopter, as did plenty of his pals, which goes some way towards explaining what some might consider an extravagance. Whether there is as much demand for helipads these days as there was back in the glory days of the Celtic Tiger is moot.

Pine Lodge's distinctive facade
Pine Lodge's distinctive facade

With 7,392 sq. ft. of living space, Pine Lodge is a very large home, although, as currently configured, the main house has just four bedrooms. There is separate guest accommodation, however, with two separate en suite units that would be suitable for staff or granny accommodation. The current owners bought Pine Lodge about 20 years ago when the building was incomplete, and set about creating a spacious family home on the elevated site, which has partial views over Dublin Bay.

There are 1.78 acres of manicured gardens, with stands of mature tall trees to ensure privacy.

The single storey, redbrick house is laid out around a courtyard. New owners will probably wish to undertake some re-modelling, or may even decide to apply for planning permission to demolish the existing house and start all over again, given its spectacular position. Certainly, purchasers with deep pockets and a taste for contemporary architecture could create something exceptional on the site.

Pine Lodge is located behind electronic gates and approached via a sweeping driveway.

The principal reception rooms are accessed off the entrance hallway, and these are a mixture of casual and more formal rooms, the latter on a very large scale and clearly designed with serious entertaining in mind.

The kitchen is kitted out to professional standard, with features including an eight-ring gas burner. Doors open out onto the patio and terrace, from where there are partial sea views.

The main reception room, ideal for entertaining guests
The main reception room, ideal for entertaining guests

There are two self-contained bedroom suites, each with its own bathroom and dressing room, as well as two further bedrooms, several additional bath and shower rooms, and a children's play room.

A frequent bus service runs from the Summit, just a minute's walk from Pine Lodge, and the DART in Howth gives the village easy access to the city centre and Dublin's south side. Schools in the area include the prestigious Sutton Park, and there is a good choice of sporting and recreational clubs, plus, of course, coastal and hill walks.

Howth is one of Dublin's most desirable coastal villages, and has a thriving food scene. The pier is packed with restaurants that specialise in seafood, with some of the most popular being Aqua, The Oarsman and Crabby Joe's. One new addition is Boqueria, a tapas restaurant, which recently moved from Stoneybatter to larger premises in Howth. The pier also has several retail fish shops, to facilitate those who prefer to cook at home.

The annual Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, held in March each year, is a highlight of the culinary calendar in these parts, and sometimes features an appearance by local boy made good, former boy band member and now television chef, Donal Skehan. Howth Castle, meanwhile, is the site of a well-regarded cookery school. The farmers' market runs every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, offering a a good selection of local produce.

Pine Lodge was originally placed on the market for €3.5m at the beginning of 2015. The drop in price reflects the softness at the top end of the market in terms of properties that, despite their premium location, require some work and imagination to increase their appeal to prospective buyers.

Pine Lodge

The dining room
The dining room

Carrickbrack Road, Howth Summit, Howth, Co Dublin

Asking price: €3.25m

Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald

(01) 8394 022

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