Spacious hole-in-one in leafy Foxrock for €2.2m
We discover a neo-Tudor style home with a putting green
Spouses of keen golfers often complain that their obsessed other halves are rarely to be found at home, hence the expression 'golf widow'. The shoe can sometimes be found on the other foot, with the cliché of the poor golf widower left to fend for himself at home, heating up ready meals and watching Netflix on his ownsome, while his good lady wife is off gallivanting on the golf course or, perish the thought, in the club house.
If the issue becomes intractable, there's only one thing for it. Like the mountain and Mohammed, the current owners of Dolmur took a pragmatic approach to the problem of too much time spent on the golf course, and installed their own putting green in the back garden.
In a move that looks remarkably like killing two birds with one stone, they did away with the lawn in the garden and replaced it with synthetic grass, so that nobody's precious free time would have to be taken up with mowing, weeding, trying to get rid of moss or any of that nonsense.
The 80ft-wide garden is described as low-maintenance, and that's an understatement. It is also south-facing, and there's a large sandstone-paved patio which makes it ideal for barbecues and summer entertaining. The garden is secluded, and has been landscaped with some flair, with a pond, raised flower beds and tall hedging to ensure privacy.
Dolmur is located in a smart gated development on Brighton Road in Foxrock. Brighton Road is one of the leafiest in proper old Foxrock, and retains a number of large, old detached properties, while others have been redeveloped with schemes such as the one in which Dolmur is situated. It's a large, six-bedroom, Tudor-style home with 3,832 sq ft of living space that includes a double integrated garage.
Gated developments are controversial. For many families the peace of mind that comes with having a safe and secure environment in which children can play and ride bicycles and get on with the business of being children, without having parents hovering over them, is worth the tut-tutting when they admit to living in one.
Dolmur is located close to the entrance of the development and has its own granite cobble-lock driveway with parking for several cars, surrounded by some good, well-established planting. Inside, there's a double height entrance hallway with a vaulted skylight, and there are five reception rooms at entrance level. To the front are the living room and den, while to the rear there are interconnecting dining and drawing rooms, and a conservatory.
The kitchen/ breakfast room has fitted units, granite worktops and a range of integrated appliances that are included in the sale. The ground floor also has a utility room and a guest lavatory.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is fully en suite and has its own dressing room, while a second double bedroom is also en suite. There are four further bedrooms, all of which are doubles, which share the family bathroom. This comes with a Jacuzzi bath.
Foxrock village is a proper village, in that it has a post office, butcher's shop and greengrocers. The Scarlet Heifer is the butcher's, and is known for supplying high-quality meat to a number of Dublin restaurants. The greengrocer's is Thomas's, a Foxrock institution, where you'll find not just fruit and vegetables but a great delicatessen and a wide range of specialty foods.
And while Foxrock does not have a pub, it does have a wine bar - The Gables - which is also a restaurant, as well as several cafes. Bistro One is another favourite dining spot for locals, and the village also has a few smart boutiques, as well as a grooming salon for the pampered pooches of the neighbourhood, of which there are many. For bigger shops, most of the locals use Dunnes in Cornelscourt.
Families considering a move to the area will be happy to know that Foxrock is well-served in terms of schools, with a couple of national schools within easy reach. Loreto Foxrock is the nearest secondary school, but proximity to the N11 and Luas means that there are a number of other options to consider.
Carrickmines Tennis club is one of the most active in south Dublin, and the facilities at Westwood include a gym and swimming pool.
Golfers are well-catered for with a driving range within walking distance, and when they wish to venture beyond their own back garden and put the skills honed there to the test on a proper course, there are plenty from which to choose. Horse racing fans will enjoy the convenience of being able to walk to the track at Leopardstown.
10 Dunboy, Brighton Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18
Asking price: €2.2m
Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald (01) 2894386