Sunday 18 March 2018

Distinctive lodge, flooded with light

Secluded Laurenstown home has a €775,000 price tag, writes Donal Buckley

Above, the attractive, simple front of Blackstone Lodge, surrounded by large lawns, which stretch to the rear of the property
Above, the attractive, simple front of Blackstone Lodge, surrounded by large lawns, which stretch to the rear of the property

Nestled in the picturesque country side of north county Dublin, the cool exterior of Blackstone Lodge belies its warm interiors, especially its upstairs master bedroom and its ensuite.

Located on a one-acre site at Laurenstown, St Margarets, the house extends to 283sqm (3,046 sq ft) and its asking price is €775,000.

The house has a naturally bright and spacious feel inside with the open-plan living room and L-shaped dining hall. Its large windows allow light to flood into each room and also allows the occupants impressive views of the surrounding countryside.

Its combination of setting and accommodation is likely to appeal to those looking to acquire a large country home set in rolling countryside yet within easy reach of all the amenities of the capital city.

Accommodation includes an entrance hall, kitchen, guest shower room, dining hall, utility room, living room, study, four bedrooms, an office, two shower rooms and en suite.

Blackstone's gardens are just some of the appealing features of this property with large sweeping lawns to the rear and sheltered decking and paved areas to the side, all of which enjoy total privacy.

Electric gates, set in stone-finished walls, and a gravel driveway lead to the front of Blackstone Lodge where there is plenty of space to safely fit several cars.

Mature boundary hedges and trees enhance the sense of seclusion.

Inside, as well as an entrance hall, there are two other halls, one of which leads to the ground floor bedrooms.

Then there is an L-shaped dining hall with a flagstone tiled floor, complemented by exposed beams and a galleried ceiling. From it a stair- case leads to the upper level.

The main living room features an Inglenook fire place, solid fuel fire, a split level TV area, exposed beams, double doors to a study and is lit by large picture windows over looking the garden.

A kitchen is equipped with a breakfast bar, and from here a half-stable door provides access to an outside patio area. A utility room supplements the kitchen's work and storage space.

A guest shower room is located at this level and is equipped with a corner shower unit and fitted for heated towel rack.

A study is also adorned by exposed beams and lit by a large window with views to the garden.

Two of the bedrooms are located at ground level and one of these has built-in wardrobes and a spiral staircase leading to the upper level.

Upstairs picture windows have scenic views of the surrounding countryside and the landing has a pine panelled ceiling.

An unusual feature of the master bedroom is the large gable window overlooking the garden area.

This bedroom also has an ensuite with a large corner bath and the spiral staircase which leads to a lower room which can be used as a dressing room.

The fourth bedroom, an office and a shower room complete the upstairs accommodation.

All main doors, frames and windows are "Iroquo" teak hardwood and it has a C1 BER rating.

Outside buildings include a summer house with ESB sockets and light, which is currently used for storage.

A second block-built two storey shed could be converted to stables and tack room at ground level and an office on the first floor.

Blackstone Lodge is located within short driving distances of Dublin Airport, the M50 motorway and the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords.

Contact agent: Property Partners O'Brien Swaine 01 4578909

Irish Independent

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