Five-bed with an orangery is ripe for the picking at €3.1m
D-18 luxurious home features luxurious light-filled space
There'll be dancing at the crossroads in Cabinteely Village tomorrow night with the legendary Sean Norman Ceili Band playing at a traditional music session in the Horse And Hound. It's the annual Cabinteely ceili, and by all accounts it's a splendid event, handily within walking distance of Felicitas, located in the superior enclave that is Brennanstown Vale.
There are a few dozen individually-designed homes in Brennanstown Vale, all of them substantial, detached houses sitting on generous wraparound sites. Like Felicitas, most were built in the early 1990s and the development has matured well, the landscaping now filled out.
Felicitas sits behind wrought iron electronic gates with granite piers, and is approached by an illuminated driveway with a large turning circle and ample parking for a fleet of big cars. The vehicles in these parts tend to be almost as large as the houses, so that's a good thing.
Felicitas has three quarters of an acre of garden, mainly in lawn with raised flowering beds, and a large south-westerly facing terrace placed to take advantage of whatever sun the Irish climate deigns to bestow upon the citizenry. The current owners extended the original house some years back, adding a new wing to the side. This addition accommodates a large media and games room on the ground floor, and an ensuite bedroom on the first floor.
At 5,600 sq ft, Felicitas is a substantial family home that has been well planned in terms of its interior layout, in that on the ground floor all of the principal rooms are accessed from the reception hall.
Immediately to the right of the front door is the double-aspect drawing room, with windows to the front and doors opening out to the west-facing terrace and garden to the side. Off the drawing room is a compact study or home office, which also has French doors on to the terrace and double doors back to the entrance hallway.
Opposite the drawing room is the sitting room, with windows overlooking the front garden, but it is at the back of the house, in which the open-plan kitchen, family room and spectacular orangery (aka fancy conservatory) are located, where most of the living is done.
The marble-floored kitchen is a glamorous room, with high-gloss fitted units, illuminated worktops and a double sink with waste disposal and a water filter tap. Among the appliances included in the sale are the Baumatic ceramic hob and microwave, and Bosch and Miele integrated dishwashers and fridge freezer. The family room has a carved feature fireplace with a wood-burning stove.
There aren't any orange trees in the orangery at the moment but perhaps new owners may consider introducing some.
The structure was designed and installed by Amdega of Darlington in the UK and has under-floor heating and both manual and automatic roof ventilation. The current owners use it as their dining room and it's a luxurious light-filled space - it too opens on to the terrace.
Also at ground floor level are the utility room with double Belfast sink, a shower room and sauna, and a guest lavatory.
Upstairs, there are five double bedrooms, four of which are ensuite, and a separate shower room. One of the bedrooms is used as a sitting room and was created by knocking two of the original bedrooms together. It would be straightforward to reinstate this as two separate bedrooms if six bedrooms are preferred. The master suite has a walk-in wardrobe and an ornamental morning balcony facing west.
Brennanstown Vale is located almost equidistant between the villages of Cabinteely and Foxrock. There is a good choice of cafes and restaurants in both.
In Foxrock, locals have a choice between Bistro One and The Gables, while Thomas's is a treasure trove of specialty foods and the Scarlet Heifer is an excellent butcher. In Cabinteely, Urbun is the go-to daytime meeting spot, while 31, Pielows and Las Tapas are other eating options. The Park shopping plaza and Cornelscourt are both convenient.
For commuters, the Carrickmines Luas stop is a short walk away and the journey into the city centre takes half an hour. Felicitas is a couple of minutes' drive from the M50, making access to the airport straightforward and speedy.
Carrickmines has a popular golf, tennis and croquet club, and Leopardstown and Foxrock Golf Club is also close by. There are several national schools in the area and Loreto Foxrock is a secondary option for girls, with plenty of other choices for both boys and girls reachable by public transport.
Nearby Cabinteely House, once home to Joe McGrath of Sweepstakes fame, now falls under the remit of DLRCoCo. Its grounds are a magnificent local amenity, with one of the best children's playgrounds in South Dublin.
Next door to Felicitas, Lisney is selling Heronford, which has permission for a second large house on its site, for €1.75m.
Brennanstown Vale, Brennanstown Rd, Carrickmines, Dublin 18
Asking price: €3.1m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 2894386