Killiney rectory in need of salvation for €650,000

This old rectory needs work but retains touches of period grandeur and has a large private garden


Once a rectory, Woodfield, Church Road, Killiney, Co Dublin is now in need of, if not divine intervention, then a little TLC.

Although it needs a good deal of work, you can see touches of grandeur everywhere in this three-storey house, from wall panelling to ornate plasterwork on the ceilings and handsome marble fireplaces.

Colliers is asking €650,000 for the detached house, which has views of the Dublin mountains. A new owner may want to reconfigure the 371sq m (4,000sq ft) of living space, particularly on the ground floor, where an abundance of rooms are not used for anything in particular.

A half an acre of gardens set well off the road provide privacy, and a long driveway leads to a flight of granite steps up to the front entrance. The grandest rooms are at hall level, including two main reception rooms, which have decorative cornicing, ceiling centre roses, dado rails, shuttered windows and marble fireplaces.

Also at this level is a study with decorative plasterwork. In contrast, the kitchen-cum-breakfast room is quite modern, with Shaker-style units, the shuttered windows looking southwest a reminder that you are in a period house. A laundry, utility and guest wc are also at this level.

At garden level is a familyroom and two rooms that have no obvious current function. The hotchpotch of rooms also includes a kitchenette, storeroom, toilet and cloakroom.

On the upper floor, four of six bedrooms are en suite, mostly with shower rooms, and several of the bedrooms have cast-iron fireplaces.

The gardens, like the house, need some work but the potential is there for a heavenly home.

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