Wednesday 16 October 2019

New home view: Elite homes in Rathfarnham valley

Glinbury Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Asking price: From €1.295m

Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402

The open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room
The open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room

The river Glin runs through the grounds of Whitechurch Lodge, built as a country house in Rathfarnham in the early 1800s and surrounded by high stone walls.

The period property most likely belonged to the owner of the mill on the southern part of the site. The river that powered the mill created a fertile environment for decorative plant species collected here and abroad in the 19th century for the gardens of Whitechurch Lodge.

The ancient river valley and the hundreds of trees and plants today form an environment for a new arrival on the grounds of Whitechurch Lodge - Glinbury, a high-end development of just 11 homes that launched last weekend.

The three-acre development site is just across the leafy Whitechurch Road from Grange Golf Club which, in turn, is beside the 210-acre Marlay Park. Indeed, the new, well-heeled residents of Glinbury will be able to walk to Marlay Park to access its walks, tennis courts, playing pitches, weekly market, and the Brambles coffee shop housed in a revamped stable courtyard.

Glinbury is being developed by Heatherbrook Homes, which is led by a rare entity in Irish business - a female property developer, namely Leona Melia. Heatherbrook is building nine four- and five-bed houses on the site and will also refurbish Whitechurch Lodge itself and divide it into two four-bed semi-detached homes.

When the showhouse for the first six five-bed detached houses opened for the first time at the weekend, two of the houses went sale agreed. Each of the six homes measures a hefty 3,024 sq ft and is priced from €1.295m.

Designed by O'Carroll O'Riordan Architects, the double-fronted five-beds are contemporary in style, with a dark brick and contrasting mortar to a front bay incorporating a recessed porch. There is acrylic render to the remainder, granite to the sills of the windows, and ribbed zinc to the feature windows.

The extra-high front door and its glass surround leads to a double-height entrance hallway that's overlooked by the upstairs wraparound landing. The architects made the most of this additional height by designing 10ft ceilings and custom-made 8ft-high doors throughout the ground floor.

Large windows frame views of the landscaped front garden, enclosed by period-style railings, and of the granite rear patio. A set of steps leads from the patio up to a sloped lawn sheltered by mature trees. There is a keycode entry door to the garden's block-built shed.

To the left of the entrance hall is a study while, to the right, double doors lead to the front living room, which has a bay window and a wood-burning stove in a limestone and granite fireplace.

A kitchen/ dining/ living room spans the entire rear width of the house. In the showhouse, the lounge space in this room is decorated with an L-shaped sofa facing a TV embedded in a feature wall of cabinetry. A sliding glass door opens from the dining area onto the patio.

Drogheda-based McAuley Kitchens supplied the bespoke kitchen, with its solid wood shaker-style doors and glazed features to the extra-high cabinets. The kitchen units are painted in Charleston Gray from Farrow & Ball, complementing the Silestone Calacatta Gold worktops. Off the kitchen is a utility/ boot room with a door to the side passage, Silestone countertops, a washing machine and dryer, and a splashback in white metro tiles.

Unlike houses in most new developments, there is underfloor heating to both the ground floor and the first floor. There is a family bathroom and five bedrooms on the first floor, including the master with its large ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and bay window that commands views of the trees in the river valley. All the other bedrooms have fitted wardrobes from McAuleys.

The master ensuite has a hotel-style fitout, with a bespoke double vanity, a free-standing bath, a large shower enclosure, and large-format porcelain tiles on the floors. The attic was designed to facilitate a future conversion.

Viewings of the Glinbury showhouse will take place from 11:30am to 1pm tomorrow.

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