Good mews stories

Two mews, one a bachelor pad on the aptly named Lad Lane, the other a family home on Heytesbury Lane, offer stylish living for city slickers


Once upon a time 46 Heytesbury Lane was all inglenook fireplaces and Tudor beams. The country cottage style was given a serious face-lift in 2006 and the house is now a sizeable, modern space of 251sq m (2,700sq ft) concealed from view behind huge gates. The asking price is €1.85 million through agents Bergins.

The house is on one of Dublin’s popular mews streets and is called Cacians, a gin-and-tonic name that stands for Cork and Club, ice and no slice, the preferred bar order of the original owner. It is big enough to accommodate drinks’ parties and family life.

The living space is open plan, divided into three. The ground floor is limestone clad and has underfloor heating. The first third is an office area for the family computer and is also home to a baby grand piano. A second office is situated to the rear of the house and has direct access outside.

The middle third is a fine polished granite countered kitchen. Steps lead down into the dining room where there is an open hearth.

Sliding doors take you through to a lovely, light-filled sitting room, glazed on two sides with more light streaming in through the roof light.

Double doors on both exterior walls open out to a west-facing garden – perfect for evening drinks. The garden is shaded by overgrown evergreens, so tall that they obscure the sun – these are in need of serious pruning. The L-shaped outdoor space is big enough to keep small kids happy and currently has a slide and a playhouse as well as a large trampoline that is hidden from view.

On the first floor, there are four double bedrooms. Two share an interconnecting bathroom that has a separate bath and double shower. The master bedroom is to the front and has lots of storage.

A set of glass stairs takes you up to the attic room, a huge space that runs the width of the house. Thanks to the judicious use of roof lighting the room feels positively tropical.

There is off-street parking for up to three cars.

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