Architectural composition on Orwell Park for €1.65 million
This lavish paragon of Victorian elegance has all the original features you would expect in a period home and is set on an exclusive road where there has been heated trading activity in recent times
Orwell Park is coming down with “trophy” homes, each redbrick vying with the next in terms of original features or the grandeur of the reception rooms. Number six Orwell Park exemplifies the Victorian style on this exclusive road.
The six-bedroom, semi-detached house takes its name, Inversnaid, from the poem by Gerald Manley Hopkins. But number six is far more serene than the frenetic rushing waters of the waterfall in the eponymous poem.
Beyond the statement leaded stain glass panels of its front door, the interior is set out over two floors and extends to a roomy 302 sq m (3.250 sq ft) . This means the owners can enjoy the grandeur of Inversnaid’s interconnecting reception rooms every day rather than just on special occasions.
The rooms are beautifully proportioned. They have 15-foot high ceilings, slide-back interconnecting doors, complimentary marble fireplaces, working shutters, picture and dado rails and matching stained glass panels in the front and back box bay windows. This gives the rooms a great sense of balance. There is direct access to the garden from the dining room.
When compared to the period grandeur of the front formal rooms the kitchen, situated to the rear and accessed by a terracotta-tiled back hall, while spacious, feels underwhelming by comparison. It’s darker in reality than it appears in the photography. It has a white four-door Aga, laminate flooring and double doors that lead outside to the north-west facing back garden.
On the hall return is the first of the property’s six bedrooms. This room has a shower en suite and an open fireplace with lovely honeycomb tiled inserts.
There are three bedrooms on the first floor; a box room that could be converted into a light-filled en suite bathroom for the front bedroom, which in turn is as big as the drawing room downstairs. The back bedroom is similarly proportioned, dwarfing its six-foot bed.
On the first floor return there are two more bedrooms, a good-size double to the rear and a small single to the front that was once the maid’s room. The bell is still in situ.
There are numerous stained glass windows throughout the house, including in the family bathroom and on the first floor landing. They diffuse the light that pours through the large sash windows.
The property has an E2 Ber and is asking €1.65 million through agents Lisney. In June, 2011, number 17, a six-bedroom, end of terrace redbrick, sold for €1.58 million, according to the Property Price Register. In April 2012 number 68, was registered as having sold for €1.55 million. In January of this year, number 27, a three-bedroom, double-fronted detached house, sold for €2.15 million.
There is off-street parking for up to five cars as well as a garage and double width side passage to the rear.