Seclusion in leafy Foxrock can be guaranteed for €2.5m
Silkwood, The Byway, Westminster Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18 - €2.5m
If you turn off Westminster Road and drive down a narrow lane in the sought-after leafy suburb of Foxrock, you will find an elegant property tucked away from the noise and bustle of the village. "Silkwood is unseen from the road," says selling agent Nicola Bergin of Bergins, of the property now on the market at €2.5m. "It sits behind Lismullen, down a little lane called The Byway with three other houses, on 0.6 acres of garden that has had 20 years to mature."
It is certainly a house that ticks all the boxes in terms of privacy and seclusion, and yet it is only five minutes' walk to Foxrock village. Built in 1988, it was purchased by the current owners over 20 years ago. In 2001, they extended to the rear, adding a sunroom and ensuring that the mature trees and shrubs in the gardens were planted to give maximum privacy.
Architecturally, Silkwood has a lot of charm - with double-fronted gables front and back and the look of a turn-of-the-century home, like many in the neighbourhood. It has an Arts and Crafts style front porch with tiled roof and wooden uprights, small-paned windows and, at the rear, a large bay window and French doors opening on to a sunny terrace.
The owners have made much of the garden, with terraces to the side and rear, imaginative landscaping and a pretty, old-fashioned garden house where it is easy to imagine yourself passing an afternoon happily with a book.
The property is a fine family home with five bedrooms and three bathrooms, and enough room for up to eight cars to park in front of the house - assuming the double garage is full.
Inside, there is plenty to impress the visitor - the hallway is a large double-height space with a cantilevered staircase leading up to a first floor gallery. Double doors opposite the hall door lead to the formal dining room, which has glass doors that can be folded back to open on to the sun room and, via French doors, to the garden.
To the left of the hallway is another elegant space designed for entertaining. The drawing room runs the entire length of the house, with columns mark off a raised area to the front - making the perfect stage for children's plays or even a grand piano.
The kitchen is large and bright with a long counter running down the centre that is ideal for breakfast on the go. The units are by Frank Daly and there's room for a dining table. It is full of the light that floods in from the French doors to the side terrace. Internal double doors link in to the dining room, where there is plenty of room for 10 or more guests.
To the rear is the cosy family room with an open fireplace and more French doors to the garden. There is also a WC and utility room.
All the bedrooms are on the first floor and have good-sized fitted wardrobes. The master suite has views out to Three Rock Mountain. There is also a floored space above the double garage, fully wired and plumbed and ready to convert to a bedroom or office.
The owners are downsizing now that their family has grown. The property, says Nicola Bergin, is in "pristine order" so, although a purchaser might want to put their own stamp on the décor and perhaps add an en suite or two, they could take their time about redecoration.
Silkwood is likely to attract another family - it is close to a number of good schools such as Loreto Foxrock, St Brigid's and Hollypark, and also to the Luas and bus routes, sparing parents of teenagers long hours spent picking up and dropping off. For the grown-ups there is plenty to do nearby - including a round at Leopardstown Golf Club or a flutter at the racecourse.
Agent: Bergins (01) 660 3587
Viewing: Strictly by appointment