Legendary Landscapes: 5 Luxury Homes in Ireland
For St. Patrick’s Day, we spotlight five properties in the Emerald Isle
For St. Patrick’s Day, we spotlight five properties in the Emerald Isle
Ireland’s rich and fascinating history, folklore, and culture is celebrated the world over. The land of saints and scholars, Ireland’s legendary landscape, dramatic coastline, and charming cities and towns make it an attractive choice for luxury home ownership. According to Michael Grehan, Chairman of Sherry FitzGerald, “Ireland’s residential market started recovering in 2014 after a very difficult seven years which saw capital values fall by 55%-65%. Thankfully, this recovery has seen house prices rise by an average of more than 5 percent per annum, thanks to strong growth in the economy which has resulted in near full employment.
Whereas the rate of recovery was initially stronger in Dublin and our other main cities such as Cork, Limerick, and Galway, in the last two years or so our more rural towns have outpaced our cities in terms of percentage growth. This function is largely driven by affordability as there is generally significantly better value to be found outside our major cities. So for those who do not have to live in our cities for work purposes or family reasons, there are significant advantages in living in rural Ireland where they can benefit from more affordable living in some of the country’s most scenic locations, whether that be looking out on the wide open expanses of our heather covered mountains or our stunning unspoilt beaches.”
Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, we explore some distinguished Irish properties currently offered for sale by Sherry FitzGerald.
No. 17 Abington in Malahide, County Dublin
This detached family residence of style and character is in Abington, one of Dublin’s most prestigious private residential developments, minutes from Malahide village, the seafront, and Dublin Airport. An elegant brick façade opens to a reception hall with a crema marfil tiled floor, wood paneling, and a hardwood staircase. Double doors lead to a formal drawing room with a fireplace. Farther along is a large conservatory, sun-filled sitting room, designer kitchen, formal dining room, and magnificent family room with three sets of French doors opening to a patio and side garden. The second floor houses a study and four bedrooms, including a luxurious master suite with a private terrace. A spiral staircase ascends to two additional bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes. The 0.6-acre grounds are protected by electronic security gates and include ample parking, a double garage with studio apartment, and an expansive lawn with children’s playground. The landscaped gardens are bounded by mature trees and a hedgerow and feature colorful shrubbery and a serene water feature.
Elgin Road Residence in Ballsbridge, Dublin
One of Dublin’s foremost residences, this handsome dwelling presents the perfect opportunity to own a turnkey property on prestigious Elgin Road in the heart of Ballsbridge. The four-bedroom Victorian redbrick home has been thoroughly refurbished and extended, and offers 5,650 square feet of grandly appointed living space, as well as a detached mews house with three more bedrooms. Landscaped, gated gardens flank the double-fronted home, incorporating sheltered patios, lawns, a water feature with fountain, and a summer house that has a paved barbecue area; off-street parking can accommodate up to five cars. The property is just a stroll from some of the city’s most famous sites, including the National Art Gallery of Ireland, the National Concert Hall, Herbert Park, Aviva Stadium, Merrion Square, Stephen’s Green, and Grafton Street.
There is generally significantly better value to be found outside our major cities
Rockview in Dalkey, County Dublin
Rockview is a grand Victorian residence on nearly a third of an acre with direct shoreline access. Sited on Dublin’s prized Coliemore Road seafront, minutes from the heart of Dalkey Town, the 3,750-square-foot, five-bedroom home offers panoramic views across Dublin Bay to Howth, the Bailey lighthouse, Dalkey Sound, the Muglins, and Dalkey Island. The property has undergone a painstaking renovation which preserved its original character. At the entrance, automatic gates open to a graveled forecourt with a garage. A loggia/conservatory entrance leads to two reception rooms, a bespoke eat-in kitchen, and an en suite study, which doubles as a fifth bedroom. The upper floors include four double bedrooms. A large sunroom opens onto a large sun terrace overlooking the rockery garden which has a path leading down to steps to the sea.
Another market which has gone from strength to strength in recent years is our holiday home market
“Another market which has gone from strength to strength in recent years is our holiday home market as more and more national and international people realise that many of our established holiday home destinations offer something very special and unique with stunning unspoilt scenery, a very pleasant moderate climate and a very special “céad míle fáilte” Irish welcome,” Grehan notes.
Boltown Hall in Kilskyre, County Meath
Boltown Hall, a historically significant estate, encompasses 102 acres near Kells in the heart of County Meath. The property was built circa 1860 by Joseph Hone Dyas and was passed down to his son, Harry Dyas, who bred the champion racehorse Manifesto—winner of the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree in 1897 and 1899. Boltown Hall remains an outstanding equestrian property, with several loose boxes, a tack room, floodlit sand arena, cross-country course, horse-walker, paddocks and pastures. The heart of the estate is Boltown Hall itself, an elegant 4,628-square-foot residence, updated for the 21st century yet retaining all the charm of a traditional Irish country house. The front porch opens on to an entrance hall. The main level features a cozy family room and dining room, both with fireplaces, and a country kitchen. Sash windows provide plentiful sunlight and scenic views of the Meath countryside. The main house links to a courtyard apartment with a kitchen/lounge area and an en suite bedroom. A tarmacked road connects to the farm and pastureland, hay and cattle barns.
There are significant advantages in living in rural Ireland
Oldcourt House in Donadea, County Kildare
Built circa 1800 by the Aylmer family, Oldcourt House was once, as its name suggests, a courthouse. The Aylmers backed the rebels in the 1600s, and were outlawed later that century. Another Aylmer, the 7th Baronet, founded the famous Kildare Hunt, and was a yeoman leader in the 1798 Rebellion. The house became a rectory and remained so until 1975, when it was fully refurbished as an elegant family home. Subsequent owners have preserved its original Georgian architecture and period details, and updating where appropriate. A protected historic structure, Oldcourt House sits alongside one of the gems of County Kildare, the 600-acre Donadea Forest Park. Reached via a winding drive, the house itself is completely private. At the entrance, a bright hall opens up to a fine drawing room and formal dining room, with a sitting room on one side and a sunny games room on the other. Further highlights include a country kitchen and six bedrooms, including a self-contained guest/staff suite. Surrounding the house are beautiful, mature gardens graced with specimen trees and shrubs, and orchards. The property also includes a hard tennis court, stables and paddocks, and lovely woodland trails.