The beautifully designed and well-kept garden on an acre is the outstanding attraction of a house in Glenageary, although the house – designed by architect Michael Scott in the 1930s – has many fine features as well.
The private garden has been carefully maintained by the handful of people who have owned the property. Dominated by a blue Atlantic cedar in the middle, this is a garden richly planted with trees and flower beds. There are gravel roads around a lawn and an almost separate area near its end with a central fountain. There is even an old shelter in one corner of the garden, now mostly blocked.
Rathbarry was designed by Scott for the wine merchant and skilled amateur filmmaker Desmond Egan, whose short films are in the archives of the Irish Film Institute. Typical features of the Arts and Crafts-style house include a lovely oak parquet floor in the entrance and lounge, and multi-paned metal-framed windows with brass handles. The current owners considered but chose not to replace them when they worked on the house after moving in 40 years ago.
Conservation architect David Sheehan handled some of the work they have done on the house: one of his main changes was to create glazed double doors at the end of the entrance hall, which opened onto the rear patio. They frame a beautiful view of the garden as you step in from the veranda.
Rathbarry, a 279 sqm (3,000 sq ft) detached five-bed room almost opposite St Paul’s Church on Silchester Road, near the corner of Adelaide Road, is for sale for € 4.5 million through Sherry FitzGerald. It’s a high price, and whoever buys it will probably spend more money on modernizing and expanding the house. It has been well maintained, but new owners will probably replace the dated kitchen at the back of the house and upgrade some bathrooms. The house, not a protected structure, has a Ber of F.
Agent Michael Grehan reckons that it is “possibly the best opportunity for family home property 2022 so far” and adds “the integrity of the land and secluded boundaries really makes this a rare find … It’s the best plot on an acre in Glenageary – and I have seen most of them ”.
Like other houses on Silchester Road, Rathbarry is far from the road, with a wide dirt road and lawn lined with mature trees. An arched brick entrance with two cream-colored pillars opens onto the veranda, then into the bright entrance with parquet floor; two arches on its right side frame the stairs and a side hall leading to the kitchen.
The large lounge to the left of the front hall has a shiny herringbone parquet floor, high baseboards, a mahogany fireplace with recessed white marble and two wide original jars in front and on the side. The dining room on the other side has a wide bay window overlooking the garden at the front and a display of colorful plates on speaker rails.
The living room / family room behind the lounge, with two tall windows overlooking the garden to the rear, is bright; it opens up to a sun room with tiled floor and floor to ceiling with double doors opening onto the patio.
The kitchen, with its large creamy Aga, is located outside the side hall on the opposite side of the house. More rooms at this end include a luggage room with tiled floors and doors to the garden at the back, a guest toilet, utility room and a large wine cellar.
Upstairs, a half-level door opens to the roof of the rooms next to the house and a terrace with stunning views of the garden to the rear. There are five bedrooms on the first floor, three double bedrooms – one equipped as a home office – and two singles. The main bedroom at the front of the house has the original multi-panel windows overlooking the spire of St Paul’s on the other side of Silchester Road. It has wardrobes with mirrored fronts and a large, modern, fully tiled bathroom. The family bathroom and the separate toilet are tiled in blue and white.
A wide patio extends across the back of the house: branches of a turkey, planted next to the garden wall, sweep over one side of the patio; further down there is a colorful myrtle tree. Originally designed by Watsons Nurseries in Killiney when the house was built, it is partly a formal garden, with box hedges around juniper trees and colorful flower beds that include blue geraniums, purple polygalas and orange trees. Wisteria and roses run down the back wall of the house. It has been carefully maintained and it has been a wonderful place for family weddings as well as for grandchildren to play at.
#Michael #Scott #fivebed #room #arts #crafts #style #million #euros