It's hard to imagine a house for sale in Dublin at the moment with better views than Bramley Hill, located high up on the Hill of Howth on Danesfort Avenue, a private roadway off the Old Carrickbrack Road, a turn off beyond Howth Golf Club.
Step through the front door into the limestone-tiled entrance hallway and immediately you are looking out at a spectacular panoramic view south across Dublin Bay towards Dun Laoghaire. On a sunny day in early autumn, the vista of sea and sky is magnificent.
Bramley Hill was designed by the late David Byers, an architect who worked as a commissioner at the OPW and was responsible for negotiating the purchase of Farmleigh for the State and for the restoration of Castletown House. The owner says that his brief to Byers was that every room was to have a view, an instruction that was carried out almost to the letter - the utility room, guest lavatory, and bathrooms are the only ones that don't.
The two-storey house was built in 2000 and is configured with the living space on the upper level and the bedrooms below.
At one end is a large double-aspect reception room with a raised dining area and a solid walnut floor. There's a limestone fireplace and doors leading to balconies on two sides, with steps down to the garden.
At the other end is the spacious handcrafted kitchen with a polished granite central island, and this is the room in which the family eats when not entertaining. In between, there's a playroom/study and a family television room. A deck runs across the back of the house and it's a spot from which it would be hard to tear oneself away on a sunny day. It's ideally situated to host long al fresco lunches that segue seamlessly into dinner.
On the floor below there are five bedrooms, four doubles and a single. Two have ensuite bathrooms and there is also a family bathroom. Several of the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and the master suite has a walk-in wardrobe. The finishes throughout are high quality and the bathrooms are hotel standard. Bramley Hill has double-glazed sash windows and a central vacuum system, and all carpets, curtains, light fittings, kitchen and utility appliances are included in the sale.
The current owner bought the site from a member of the Jameson whiskey-distilling family, who lived at Danesfort, a substantial period house visible from the front garden of Bramley Hill. He says that he spent a not inconsiderable proportion of his budget levelling a large area to one side of the house so that his children would have a flat expanse of lawn on which to play, but that instead they preferred to hide out in the wooded area beneath that formed the backdrop to many of their adventures. The Wimbledon-standard striped lawn would make a magnificent site for a marquee for a summer wedding, should prospective purchasers have nuptials in mind. In total, the gardens extend to a little over an acre, and are attractively landscaped. There's a double garage with attic space above.
Era: Constructed in 2000
Size: 420 sqm
Agent: Quillsen (01) 833 5844
Viewing: Strictly by appointment