Modern design in Foxrock for €2.75m

This comfortable family home, built around a striking reception hall, has marble fireplaces and Travertine tiled floors but it’s the garden, with its venerable trees and opulent borders, that is a real attraction


There is a spot on the landing/viewing gallery in Oakwood from where, if you stand with the light from a front-facing box window behind you, the house reveals its very particular charms. Above, below and all around there are creamy coloured walls and polished wood and, central to everything, a striking reception hall with the Travertine tiled floor and oak doors that are a feature throughout the house.

Oakwood has a striking reception hall, creamy marble fireplaces and Travertine tiled floors but it’s the garden, with its venerable trees and opulent borders, that is the most appealing part of this large house. By dint of liveable spaces and an accommodating layout it is also pleasingly comfortable.

The garden is central to the house’s appeal, its venerable trees (the spreading oak that gives the house its name among them) and opulent borders overlooked by Oakwood’s many box windows. The house proper has more than 5,000sq ft (464.5sq m) of floor space with an additional 1,260sq ft (118sq m) in a dramatic, multi-functional, attic conversion. Sherry FitzGerald, quoting €2.75m., is looking after the private treaty sale.

The vendors built Oakwood 14 years ago, reared a family there and are now downsizing to a home they are building on an adjoining plot of land.

All of the ground-floor rooms lead off the reception hall. The drawingroom, facing almost due south and with a wall of windows and French doors to the garden, has an understated fireplace in marble. A study with similar orientation is lined with bookshelves and, in a corner, has an interesting stained glass window. A TV/family room has another fireplace in cream-coloured marble and large box window to the front.

The kitchen/breakfastroom faces the rear garden and extends smoothly, through a squared arch, into a front facing diningroom whose wide box window gives light, views and a mood of intimacy.

The well-stocked and fitted kitchen, with its gas-fired Aga, Travertine tiled floor and dappled worktops, is a convivial space and leads to the garden through a pleasant sunroom.

Three of Oakwood’s four bedrooms are en suite, all have garden views. The third floor attic space has five scarlet painted, reinforced steel girders, dormer windows and skylights in the 10ft high ceiling.

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