All’s well that ends well in Glenageary for €2 million

Five-bed architect-designed house in secluded woodland setting

Thu, Oct 17, 2013, 09:23

This large property takes its name from a historic well in the garden dating from the 1600s, where local monks collected water and traversed the land to buy fish from the boats in Dublin Bay.

Extending to 309sq m (3,326sq ft), the house was designed by Paul Brazil Architects in 2007, and was rented out for a couple of years.It’s now for sale through estate agent McNally Handy, with an asking price of €2 million.

Monkswell’s house and gardens are sunken into a private site in Glenageary, allowing total privacy from the main road. No element has been overlooked in the design, and the house is in turnkey condition.

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A large south-facing kitchen-cum-dining room in the style of Smallbone looks out over a decked terrace and has three sets of French windows. A companion Aga, which has a dual heating function, sits snugly in the speckled grey granite worktop, as does the Liebherr wine cooler and integrated appliances.

Off the kitchen lies a formal dining room, which overlooks a small stream in the garden. A drawing room with a large sandstone fireplace has double doors leading to a raised paved limestone patio with topiary laurel trees and box hedging.


Sense of grandeur
A fifth bedroom lies on the ground floor and could also be used as a study or playroom.

The red tones of the Merbau hardwood floors give a warm feel throughout the property and are in perfect condition. Solid custom-built oak doors and Carlson windows give a robust sense of grandeur to the property.

Upstairs, accessed by a stairwell flooded with light from a glass-roofed atrium, are the bedrooms, all of which have interesting ceilings due to different pitches in the roof.

The master suite, which occupies the first floor return, is luxurious with its own private living room and a small balcony overlooking the gardens.

Through the dressing room is the lavish bathroom. It features a colossal porthole measuring four feet in diameter, which sits above the bath where one can soak while watching the in-built television. The first floor has three further bedrooms, two of which are en suite, and a large family bathroom.

What makes Monkswell so special along with the architectural detail is the planning and thought that went into the magnificent gardens.

The well, set in granite and complete with the historic cross, is a reminder of the monks who passed through here centuries ago, and a stream flows through the garden. This has interwoven decks on various levels with flush LED lighting and a small humpback bridge.

Careful planting of a Hazel copse and topiary hedging boldly mix with the mature trees and shrubs, resulting in a garden like the house itself – laden with character.

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