Demesne chance in Delgany
The La Touche family built Bellevue House in Delgany in 1754 and afterwards couldn't stop adding to it. For instance, during the 19th century they put on a conservatory. Not just any conservatory though, but a 264 ft-long curved affair that cost them £4,000 and looks quite the curiosity on old Ordnance Survey maps.
The conservatory has long gone, as has the house itself, having been left vacant and eventually demolished in the 1950s.
The former 600-acre demesne has been carved up too. Part of it is occupied by Delgany Golf Club, and a relatively small number of householders are also getting a share of its pleasures these days.
Among them are the owners of Eastwood, an unusual detached house at the north-eastern boundary of the Bellevue demesne, just south of Kindlestown Hill.
Thanks to its setting it has long views over hill and dale, and there's an acre of well-planned gardens from which to take the utmost advantage of them, with mature trees, lawns and tiered seating areas.
Eastwood has a distinctive, Y-shaped layout sprawling over a substantial floor area of 3,393 sq ft. It's a dormer, so most of the square footage is on the ground floor. The first floor has only the dual-aspect master bedroom, with a skylit en-suite.
The rest of the bedrooms (another four, with one en-suite) are downstairs, to one side of the entrance hall. The other side has the living rooms, of which there are five in all. At one corner of the house is a dual-aspect drawing room with doors to the garden, next to which is the dining room. The kitchen also has doors to the garden and opens into a family room and from there into a conservatory at the south-west corner of the property.
Eastwood is for sale for €975,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Greystones, (01) 287 4005.