This €850k Wicklow retreat has the dreamiest loo and acres of rolling countryside too
Wicklow retreat comes with an acre of prime land and rolling countryside
The Garden of Ireland never looks better than it does at this time of year, especially if you catch it on a day when the sun is shining, the skies are blue and you can glimpse the sea shimmering in the distance.
Glen Hill House, nicely tucked away behind electric gates down a quiet country cul-de-sac, a mile or so outside the village of Newtownmountkennedy in the direction of Roundwood, is a prime example of the value that can be achieved by purchasers willing to expand their vision beyond South County Dublin into north Wicklow. And in the summer months in particular, the lifestyle prospects offered by a house of almost 4,000 sq ft with an acre of mature, secluded garden are at their most beguiling.
Glen Hill is positioned in such a way as to enjoy spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and out to the Irish Sea. In terms of commute, it's 30km from Dublin City centre. Depending on the time of day, the journey can take as little as 40 minutes and proximity to the M11 makes Dublin Airport easily accessible.
The accommodation at Glen Hill House is laid out over two floors, with a generous and considered flow to the living space at ground level and a sense that all the rooms are used on a daily basis, rather than being kept for high days and holy days.
To the right of the entrance hall is the dining room, which has a polished timber floor and feature fireplace. Painted a deep coral, it's a room that looks as if it could host a great dinner party.
Doors lead from the dining room to the kitchen, which is the heart of the house and the focus of family life. Designed to accommodate the needs of a busy crew, there's a large dining area and adjoining sun room with wood-burning stove.
The kitchen has a large Belfast sink and breakfast bar, and is kept cosy all year round by a four-door Aga.
Off the kitchen is a large utility room and separate pantry, both highly desirable features that feature high on the checklists of house hunters these days. A pair of French doors leads to the terrace, positioned to make the most of the views, which is ideal for eating outdoors, weather permitting. Another set of double doors leads from the kitchen to the sitting room, which has a marble fireplace and large bay window.
Down the hall is a family bathroom, a playroom/bedroom, a bedroom with a large walk-in wardrobe and a guest bedroom also with a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite bathroom and doors to outside.
Upstairs, there's a large open-plan landing/family area, with floor to ceiling windows and a Juliet balcony, from where there are more of those spectacular sea views.
On this level, there are three further bedrooms. The master has a balcony and both it and the other double bedroom are ensuite. The third bedroom is a single.
Outside, the gardens have been beautifully landscaped and scrupulously maintained. There are secret pockets and lawns, with trees and hedges to ensure privacy and seclusion. A large green house with raised bedding will appeal to those who would like to grow their own, and there is also a small enclosed orchard to complete the idyll.
Prospective purchasers who act quickly could be in residence and preserving fruit and making chutney come the end of the summer. A designer hen house would not be out of place.
There's also a double garage with loft storage, a summer house and an attractive children's Wendy house - all features that are hard to come by in the Dublin suburbs, where space is at such a premium.
Add in the extensive choice of golf clubs in the area, the thriving GAA and football clubs, the proximity to all manner of equestrian facilities and the walking trails in the Wicklow Mountains and around Glendalough, and it's easy to see the appeal of Glen Hill House to an outdoorsy family who find themselves squeezed for space and short of sea views in the Dublin suburbs.
Glen Hill House
Grove Meadow, Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €850,000
Agent: Colliers (01) 6333700