Tranquillity off Monkstown lane
Mews offers peace and calm from bustling Dublin village
William Vesey, a brother of Lord De Vesci, one of Dun Laoghaire's ground landlords, was responsible for the building of St John's Church in Mount Town in 1858, which was designed by the architect, Joseph Welland.
It was, writes Peter Pearson in his authoritative work Between The Mountains And The Sea, built in the anticipation of a growing Protestant population but, in fact, the church was rarely filled to capacity.
It's funny how these things work out, though, because the church is now used by a conservative Catholic group and masses are said in Latin. The interior, reordered by Richard Orpen, features an eclectic array of fittings: the main altar was designed by RM Butler for the Dominican Convent in Eccles Street; the side altar came from the Jesuit house at Rathfarnham Castle; and the Stations Of The Cross are from a country church.
Around the corner, William Vesey built Vesey Place, which runs from York Road to the junction with Knapton Road. The street comprises two elegant terraces, one single-fronted three-storey-over-basement, and one double-fronted two-storey-over-basement.
Number 8 Vesey Mews is located to the rear of one of these latter, double-fronted houses and accessed by a lane that starts halfway along Vesey Place, that marks the border between Monkstown and Dun Laoghaire. There is parking along the lane, but there is also vehicular access to the mews itself.
A pale-green painted door off the lane leads on to a secluded courtyard in front of the mews, and there's a charming paved west-facing garden here. There's enough space for a table and chairs and some beds and pots, but not so much that maintenance will be onerous. A potting shed is equipped with power.
Number 8 has 1,075 sq ft of living space over two floors and has been smartly dressed for sale.
At ground floor level, there is an entrance hall that leads into an open-plan bay-windowed living room with an open fire and exposed brick wall, while to the rear is the kitchen/dining room, with a range of fitted cupboards. Upstairs, the house has three bedrooms, of which the master is en suite.
There is also a family bathroom. The house currently has a BER of E2, which is something that new owners may wish to address.
It may well be that No8 will appeal to prospective purchasers downsizing from larger houses in the area, as Monkstown is one of those South County Dublin villages that no one ever seems to want to leave. The Crescent, with its attractive mix of shops and restaurants, is the place around which all Monkstown life revolves.
The strip of restaurants includes FXB, Cinnamon, Café du Journal and new arrival, Le Plancha, which recently relocated from Blackrock. Across the road is That's Amoré, a tiny place with a reputation for serving authentic Italian food.
The Crescent is also home to some smart boutiques, including Seagreen, which does a roaring trade in designer yoga leggings and Bella Freud jumpers, and The Blue Door interiors shop, where the locals do much of their Christmas shopping.
Howbert & Mays Garden Centre is another busy spot, fulfilling the horticultural needs of both the green-fingered and those who prefer to have the hard work done for them.
Monkstown also has a good selection of shops catering to more prosaic, everyday needs. There's a post office and dry cleaners, for instance, as well as a couple of florists, a wine shop and a convenience store.
And then, of course, there is Avoca. Within 10 minutes' walk of Vesey Mews is the IMC multi-screen cinema, the Tesco supermarket at Bloomfields and the town's two piers, along which many local residents take a daily constitutional.
There are also two tennis clubs - De Vesci Gardens and Monkstown - close by and four sailing clubs with active programmes for all ages.
A few doors along the lane, No2 Vesey Mews, for which Lisney had been asking €745,000, went sale agreed in September.
8 Vesey Mews
Monkstown, Co Dublin
Asking price: €645,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 2844422