Wednesday 21 February 2018

Top let: Grand designs on the rental market

The drawing room at Templemore Avenue is lavishly furnished.
The drawing room at Templemore Avenue is lavishly furnished.
The dining room has floor to ceiling windows and cast-iron fireplace.
The kitchen with island unit and seating.
One of the double bedrooms
Sinead Ryan

Sinead Ryan

'The Cranberry' is a seemingly unremarkable terraced house from the late Edwardian period nestled on Templemore Avenue, bisecting Rathmines and Rathgar.

A red-brick and pebbled exterior, small garden and driveway leads to the smart cream front door.

However, upon entering, you are no longer in 2015, but transported back to when Queen Victoria's first-born found himself on the throne.

Swathing drapes, rich velvets, gilt mirrors, chandeliers and canopied beds echo a sumptuous luxury which sadly came to a swift end after the extravagant Edward's demise.

Here it is recreated, but with a modern twist, in this comfortable let, on short term lease, suitable for either foreign visitors, a corporate executive flying in for meetings or someone whose own house is being altered and who needs a few weeks' respite.

With three bedrooms (a fourth has been added to the attic), two reception rooms and a long kitchen with a 'winter terrace', the owner - an interior designer - has drawn on her talents to create a turn-of-the-century home from home.

The drawing room extends into the dining room, which is lavishly furnished with full-length wall panelling, polished floors and high ceilings. Both rooms have cast-iron fireplaces and floor to ceiling windows. The kitchen is on the downstairs return and has a range with gas oven, larder-style fridge freezer with a wine rack, an island unit with seating for six and a utility room housing laundry machinery. There is a cloakroom here also.

Double doors lead to the breakfast room with wood burning stove and out towards the terrace, which is enclosed with a Perspex roof and wooden beams to the rear.

French doors lead to the garden which is tiled with a fountain feature. There is a working office (occupied) to the rear, which has separate access and unavailable to the tenant.

On the upstairs return is one ensuite double bedroom with a claw-foot bath and separate shower.

There are three other bedrooms - two on the first floor - with high canopy beds, chandeliers and antique furniture, and one in the attic conversion which also has a shower room.

Templemore Avenue is under 5km from St Stephen's Green and 900m from the centre of Rathgar village.

The UCD campus at Belfield is 5km to the east.

Lease: Short term only

Enquiries: Karen O'Rourke 0862639751

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