This unique four-bedroom home near Greystones backs on to an organic vegetable farm
Spacious and stylish four-bedroom home near Greystones backs on to an organic vegetable farm
Growing your own is all very well, but there's a significant amount of work involved in maintaining raised beds, what with all the digging and weeding and sowing, and that's before you even have to deal with the pesky critters who think that they have just as much right to feast on the fruits (and vegetables) of your labours as you do.
Not to mention the fact that the vagaries of the Irish climate mean that you need either a greenhouse or a poly-tunnel if you want to grow tomatoes that actually taste of something or any other semi-exotic crops that thrive on sunshine. Good-looking greenhouses are an expensive business, and poly-tunnels are plain unsightly. So, what's a family to do, to be assured of a convenient supply of vitamin-filled fresh vegetables without having to give up the possibility of a beautifully landscaped garden in which to play and relax?
That family could do worse than consider moving to Creggs, located on Johnstown Avenue beside the village of Kilpedder, just off the N11, which backs onto the farm of Marc Michel, who has been growing organic vegetables there for a couple of decades now, and supplies his produce to some of Dublin's best restaurants and specialty food stores, including Morton's in Dublin 6 and Cavistons in Glasthule.
Handily for locals, Marc operates a farm shop which is open every weekend, so the new owners of Creggs will not have far to travel for their greens, and will benefit from the biodiversity of their neighbour's land.
The current residents will no doubt miss all those vegetables when they move on from Creggs, which they bought from the builder more than 15 years ago, finishing the fit-out of the house to their own specification.
However, with their family grown, the house is now too big for their needs and they plan to downsize.
Located in a quiet cul-de-sac of five houses overlooking a green area that is set within a small development of just a couple of dozen houses, Creggs is a detached four/five-bedroom house with 3,079 sq ft of living space.
The house is surrounded by 0.3 acres of immaculately maintained landscaped gardens that are a testament to the current owners' green fingers and dedication. Laid mainly in lawn, the gardens feature herbaceous borders planted with a variety of shrubs, plants, trees and hedging, as well as a raised water feature and a patio area with a pergola. There's a detached garage with a car port that has loft space for storage, as well as parking for several cars to the front of the house.
To the left of the large entrance hall is the formal dining room, from where an archway leads to the sitting room, which could be used as a fifth bedroom if new owners so require.
To the right of the hall there is an elegant drawing room, while to the back of the house is a bright open-plan kitchen/living/dining room with a separate utility room and cloakroom. There is also a sun room that looks out onto the side garden and a guest lavatory.
A large deck spans the width of the house to the rear. Several of the rooms have open fires and there is also a wood-burning stove for extra cosiness in the winter months.
Upstairs, off the galleried landing, there are four double bedrooms, two of which are en suite, as well as a family bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath.
Kilpedder is a small village with a shop, petrol station and a pub, but Greystones, Kilcoole and Delgany are close by, and there is a good choice of primary and secondary schools in the area. This includes the Educate Together national school and new Temple Carraig secondary school, both in Greystones, and St Gerard's on Thornhill Road in Bray, which has Montessori, primary and secondary departments.
Throughout the day there's a half-hourly bus service to Greystones, which is on the DART line, and also a bus service along the N11 into Dublin city centre, passing UCD en route. The 133 provides a direct bus route to Dublin Airport, a journey that takes an hour and ten minutes.
Sports are well catered for in the area, with golf, GAA, rugby, tennis, horse-riding and sailing facilities all available.
Greystones is known for its cafes and restaurants, with Chakra and The Happy Pear perennially popular choices, and Sunil Ghai's (of Pickle fame) new Indian takeaway bound to be just as much of a hit with locals. In Delgany, Farrelly's Butchers, the Delgany Grocer and the Firehouse Bakery (don't miss the sourdough, or the doughnuts for that matter) make food shopping a pleasure, and the Pigeon House is where everyone meets for brunch at the weekend.
Johnstown Avenue, Kilpedder, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €695,000
Agent: Hunters (01) 2897840