Sunday 19 November 2017

Hollywood has star quality

Three houses on 50 acres. Price: €5m

Elegance is one word which sums up the attractive features of both Hollywood House and its surrounding 50 acre estate in Glenealy, Co Wicklow.

Ringed by mature woodland, the main house is approached by a long avenue which is lined by trees and colourful rhododendrons and from its elevated site residents can enjoy very attractive views of the Garden County's famed countryside and hills.

Classical features of the main house include the columned arch in the entrance hall, decorative plaster wall panels and the designs of some of the internal doors as well as the large lantern roof light over the stairs and landing which floods natural light into the inner section of the house.

Its three main reception rooms are centred around the impressive double reception and stairs hall, all of which are of graceful proportions and full of light from high sash windows. An unusual feature of the living room is its secret door to an office.

The neo-classical house dates from 1760 but was significantly remodelled in 1892 to enhance its classical features and these also include stucco ceilings and bow windows in the drawing room and one of the bedrooms. This drawing room also has French doors leading to the garden.

When it was brought to the market in 2008 it was priced at €9m. Since then it has been reduced to €5m and this price also includes a three-bedroom guest cottage as well as a three-bedroom gate lodge.

Accommodation in the main house includes six bedrooms and three bathrooms as well as a semi-basement which accommodates a one-bedroom staff apartment as well as a games room and two store rooms.

To the rear of the main house is a courtyard enclosed by a number of buildings including a coach house, stores and a garage. For horsey enthusiasts there are five loose boxes in the courtyard and a further six stables in an outer yard where there are more store houses.

The property also boasts one of the few remaining intact ice houses in Ireland. About 20 of the 50 acres are devoted to avenue, grounds and woodland while the other 30 are in five enclosures. Its easily maintained grounds include terraced lawns, a brick-lined wall garden and an all-weather arena.

For horse enthusiasts the surrounding countryside offers hunting sports as well as trekking through forestry.

Co Wicklow is also home to Druids Glen, The European and Powerscourt golf courses as well as the golden beaches of the east coast and harbours from which to fish and sail.

The joint agents are Colliers International 01 6333700 and Knight Frank 01 6623255

Irish Independent

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