Wednesday 21 February 2018

Watch the birdies at Strand Road in Portmarnock

The view from the back garden of No 2, Lissadell House
The view from the back garden of No 2, Lissadell House

It may take its name from the Sligo estate that has been the subject of a protracted, multimillion-euro legal battle, but Number 2 Lissadell House in Portmarnock is unlikely to land its owner in any quarrels about rights of way.

The property, located at Strand Road in Portmarnock, is secured behind a pillared entrance complete with cast iron electric gates. Trespassing is not a real possibility.

Mind you, the occupant should probably beware of flying golf balls, and embarrassed golfers searching for same. The 150-foot rear garden backs onto the first fairway of the Championship Portmarnock Links designed by Bernhard Langer.

Number 2's 3,014 sq ft accommodation includes a sitting room with a marble fireplace on its ground floor, as well as a large (33 feet by 18 feet) open-plan kitchen/ dining/living room with French doors to the back garden. Also on the ground floor are a utility room and guest toilet. Upstairs are four bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The master bedroom also has double doors to a balcony, from which you can either watch the golf or look over it to Howth Head, Ireland's Eye and the Irish Sea. Above that level are three attic rooms with skylights for whatever purpose takes your fancy. Including these rooms takes the overall dimensions up to 3,658 square feet. The 150-foot garden is in two parts. Next to the house is a a paved patio with shrubs, and beyond that is a lawned area where the stray golf balls might land.

Portmarnock train station is about two kilometres away, and the Number 32 bus to Lower Abbey Street stops nearby. The beach, meanwhile, is about five minutes' walk from the house.

Number 2 Lissadell House is for sale through Corry Estates in Portmarnock (01 846 1122). The asking price has just dropped by €100,000 to €1m.

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