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Indoor pool, home cinema and BBQ pit make this property special.

Katy McGuinness

Katy McGuinness

Whatever the ultimate resolution of the Irish Water debacle, it's not something that the purchasers of Brandywyne are going to have to worry about.

The enormous house in Rathmichael uses well water and has its own Biocycle eco sewage processing system, so it will not be liable for any charges.

And with geothermal heating, solar panels and underfloor heating throughout, Brandywyne has an enviable BER rating of B2 despite extending to over 8,500 sq ft and having an indoor swimming pool. On a chilly November morning, with frost on the ground, the house is enviably warm even with its open-plan layout.

Not that utility bills are likely to be a major consideration for anyone in the market for the property, which has been for sale since July. Initially priced at €2.5m, DNG's Bray office is now seeking €2.2m.

You usually get plenty of house for your money in Rathmichael, where big detached homes are the norm. But few of them are quite as large as Brandywyne, which has been designed for life on a grand scale.

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Rathmichael Haven is a cul-de-sac of individual houses each sited on its own large plot. Brandywyne, constructed in 2007, sits on a sloping site of over an acre. The neighbouring property is currently being extended and renovated and construction has begun on a development of 11 executive-type detached houses on the land immediately adjacent on the other side.

The exterior of Brandywyne House in Rathmichael
The exterior of Brandywyne House in Rathmichael
One of the ensuites at Brandywyne House
The open-plan kitchen at Brandywyne House
One of the double bedrooms at Brandywyne House
The 11m indoor swimming pool
The open-plan dining area
Open-plan dining room with 'Alien Vs Predator' statue
The home cinema in Brandywyne House

Behind ornate electric security gates, the driveway ascends through landscaped front gardens planted with trees to the front of the house, where there is parking for half a dozen or more cars.

At ground level, the kitchen, family room and dining room are orientated towards the garden at the back of the house and flow into one another in a manner designed for relaxed family living and lavish entertaining. A double height atrium with vaulted ceiling makes the dining room both bright and dramatic. The kitchen has a vast breakfast bar island, custom-made solid wood units and marble counter tops. The seven-ring Britannia range and various Miele appliances - including a coffee maker, microwave oven and dishwasher - are included in the sale.

Set into the floor of the family room are two glass panels affording a view directly on to the basement swimming pool below. From both the family and dining rooms, patio doors open out on to a huge part-covered decked area at the back of the house, beyond which is a barbecue pit. With a sound system and outdoor lighting, the party potential is obvious.

Also on the ground floor is a cinema room with HD projector, retractable cinema screen and tiered seating. Behind the screen, double doors give access to the garden. To the front of the house on ground floor level is a den and study, and there is also a large playroom, a guest lavatory and a utility room on this level.

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Upstairs Brandywyne has five double bedrooms, located off a spacious roof-lit landing area. Three, including the master, are ensuite, while the other two share the family bathroom. All the bathrooms are spacious and finished to a high standard. The master bedroom has a dressing room and a large terrace with views out towards Dalkey Island and Sorrento Terrace. A laundry room on this level is super-practical.

At basement level, a glass-walled gym looks out on to the 11m swimming pool, which has a separate changing room and sauna. Access to the pool area is controlled by a security keypad and an environmental control system regulates humidity levels.

A lift services all three floors of the house, making it wheelchair-accessible.

With Portuguese marble and solid oak floors throughout, the impression is of a house on which there has been no stinting in terms of finishes and gadget nerds will love the iRoom home entertainment system with speakers throughout the house centrally controlled via iPad.

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Locally, there are two national schools within a short drive and St Gerard's co-ed secondary school is also close by.

The DART station at Shankill affords access to other schools situated along the coast, while LUAS stations at Cherrywood and Bridesglen are close.

The nearest shopping is at Shankill Village, which has Dublin Bus and AirCoach services, and Dundrum Town Centre is a 15 minute drive. Pony-mad children will be interested to know that the renowned Festina Lente riding school, home to the best-mannered ponies in the country, is only a short distance away.

Brandywyne House, Rathmichael Haven, Rathmichael, Dublin 18. Asking price: €2.2m. Agent: DNG (01) 2867625.

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