Big and bright home with an enchanting garden for €895,000

Tara is an airy four-bedroom house that has been tastefully decorated and is in turnkey condition with a large garden


Tara, number 21 Ulverton Road in Dalkey has a huge back garden that you could get lost in, the kind that seemed to exist only in childhood’s past. Extending to 36m (120ft) it is private and sloped with each area within it separately defined.

There is a cobblelock patio and a raised timber deck that the owners use as a barbecue area.

The garden also catches all of the afternoon sun. Steps lead down to a small lawned area and through to a playground designed around a stately laurel tree – built to accommodate the owner’s 10 grandchildren. It is the kind of space that is becoming increasingly rare in modern life – room for the children to play somewhat unsupervised but in complete safety.

Specimen trees include camellia and rhododendron. Rambling roses climb the perimeter wall.

The house also comes with a granny flat, a sizeable space that has a separate front entrance.

It is a space the grandkids call their own and boasts all sorts of hidden delights including a mini-kitchenette secreted behind wardrobe doors that open out to reveal all the necessary basics.

Designed by Ballybrack-based Peter Browlett he also built a hidden hot press, which is sequestered behind shelving.

To the rear there is a pull-down bed, what’s known in the US as a Murphy bed.

The main house is well appointed with warm solid American walnut floors throughout the ground floor. A formal sitting room the width of the original part of the house is very simply decorated with a gas fire and overlooks the front.

Overlooking the garden to the rear is another good-sized familyroom. It has a wood-burning stove and sliding glass doors leading outside.

Sandwiched between these two rooms is the kitchen, a working style up with no eat-in area. This is how the current owner likes to entertain but the next owner might like to open these two rooms into one. There is a small toilet and separate cloakroom in the hall.

The house measures 158sq m (1,705sq ft) and is asking €895,000 through agents Lisney.

The roomy back garden means there is space to extend should you require more living room. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, a fine big single, roomy enough for a double bed. The master bedroom is situated to the front.

There is a nice family bathroom and a separate shower room.

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