The Putland family once had a vast, 600-acre estate south of Bray, Co Wicklow, including what must have been a magnificent walled garden in the northeast corner, near the family's manor house.
Later, the house and grounds were sold to the Loreto Sisters, who established their school there, and in the century and a half since, the estate has been gradually made over to housing.
The walled garden, for instance, is now occupied by the L-shaped cul de sac estate known as Sidmonton Gardens. The wall of the walled garden remains, however, which is all to the good for the occupants of No39 Sidmonton Gardens.
No39 is at the very end of the street and its boundary wall is the former garden wall - a glamorous, ivy-clothed red-brick affair topped by mature trees - which lends to the garden of No39 a wonderfully storied atmosphere, with strong hints of Frances Hodgson Burnett. The house has no neighbours to the side or rear, and it overlooks a pocket park to the front, so really, it wants for nothing by way of verdure and privacy.
A conservatory extension at the back of the house gives on to a southwest-facing patio and beyond that is the gravelled garden and a deck.
The conservatory is reached through sliding doors in the open-plan living and dining room, which is dual-aspect and has an open fire. The kitchen is also at the back, and there's a study to the front, off the L-shaped hall, which also has a fireplace (electric-fitted).
The first floor has four bedrooms (two sharing an ensuite shower) which brings the total floor area to 1,572 sq ft. There's a wired, block-built shed in the garden as well.
No39 is for sale for €645,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Bray (01) 286 6630 and there's an open viewing tomorrow (Saturday) from 12-12.30pm.