Sunday 25 August 2019

Take it as red in Foxrock

Teach Rua has almost a full acre of carefully landscaped gardens

Teach Rua has an imposing red-tiled exterior and vast gardens in Dublin 18.
Teach Rua has an imposing red-tiled exterior and vast gardens in Dublin 18.
The large kitchen at Teach Rua with breakfast area.
The hallway of Teach Rua
The 0.85ac of gardens can cater for a game of croquet
The drawing room is big enough to comfortably fit a grand piano
Katy McGuinness

Katy McGuinness

Foxrock is at its leafiest in autumn and the colours of the tall mature trees in the old part of the suburb are gorgeous at this time of year.

The owners of Teach Rua have their work cut out keeping the fallen leaves swept and gathered off the lawn and into one of the garden's giant compost heaps.

As soon as they manage to clear them all and pat themselves on the back for having completed the task, the wind blows again and brings down another blanket of yellows and reds and browns.

In any event, it's a small price to pay for being surrounded by such magnificent foliage, and for the luxury of a 0.85ac garden in the heart of one of Dublin's most desirable suburbs. The current owners built Teach Rua in 1994, having annexed the site from the grounds of their previous home, Wroxham, on Brighton Road.

Wroxham was one of the houses built by Samuel Beckett's builder father, William, in the vicinity. Beckett himself grew up at Cooldrinagh, across the road on Kerrymount Avenue. Beckett Senior's architect was Richard Orpen, brother of the more famous William, the celebrated London-based artist, who painted the great and the good of Edwardian society.

Samuel Beckett is arguably Foxrock's most famous son, (the fictitious Ross O'Carroll Kelly is another contender for the title) and there is a plaque in Beckett's honour on the village green, which was unveiled by his niece, Caroline, last year.

Two seating areas are inscribed with two of his most famous works - Waiting For Godot and Come And Go.

The current owners lived at Wroxham for 14 years and built Teach Rua when they were ready to downsize from the bigger house, which had seven or eight bedrooms. Their architect was Derek Heavey and the owners recall a crack team of builders who started in May and were finished and ready for the family to move in by November.

Teach Rua is accessed via a long driveway leading from Brighton Road. The orientation of the house is towards the south west and the rooms all look out towards those magnificent gardens. In summer, say the owners, they have spent many a happy afternoon lunching on the terrace and attempting to instruct their grandchildren in a game of croquet, with a full-sized pitch marked out across the lawn.

Teach Rua has 3,445 sq ft of living space across two floors. Off the entrance hall, the family room and a guest bedroom with ensuite bathroom lie to the right, while the drawing room is directly ahead, looking out on to the garden.

There's plenty of room for a grand piano, an indication of its generous proportions.

A formal dining room is situated between the drawing room and the kitchen, and there is a guest lavatory and pantry on this level too.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, as well as a family bathroom.

The master bedroom is located above the drawing room and it also has views out over the back garden. The bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is good under-eaves storage, as well as a handy cleaner's cupboard on the landing which the owners find useful as a wine store. Outside there's a large garage, shed and greenhouse, and the garden has apple trees, gooseberry bushes and blackcurrants.

Horse racing enthusiasts will relish the prospect of being within walking distance of Leopardstown, which is also home to the gym, tennis and swimming facilities at West Wood.

There is a golf centre in Foxrock village and several good courses within easy reach. Carrickmines Tennis Club is also close by.

Foxrock has several good restaurants and cafes, including Bistro One, Michel and The Gables, and the latter also has a wine shop. And because it's Foxrock, it also has two estate agents, Hunters and Sherry FitzGerald.

Daphne Kaye joined forces with the latter earlier this year and the agency is now handling the sale of Teach Rua.

Foxrock is, however, the only village in Ireland without a pub or lounge, so those of a thirsty disposition should perhaps look elsewhere.

Teach Rua

Brighton Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18

Asking price: €1.95m

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 2894386

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