Stepaside for Georgian style

Four-bed with broad lawns and a glasshouse up for auction with an AMV of €825,000

Thu, Sep 26, 2013, 09:11

This Georgian style house was built in 1977 and sits on just over an acre of manicured gardens in Stepaside, Dublin 18. The house was originally for sale last year with an asking price of €895,000 and is now being auctioned through estate agent Daphne L Kaye on October 8th next with an AMV of €825,000.

Derriana’s spacious oak floored front hall is accessed through a Georgian style, wisteria clad portico and leads on to a double drawing room. This room is nice and bright, thanks to the full height sash windows overlooking the gardens. A large white and green marble fireplace stands between two alcoves at one end and, at the other, an archway leads to a smaller diningroom. The forest green walls echo the climbers and trees to the front of the property. Off the dining area is a pitched roof sunroom with wraparound glass windows that, again, bring garden elements to the interiors. From here, French doors open to a rose covered pergola, with flagstones underfoot and a box-hedged patio.

The kitchen is divided into a service area and breakfast room but new owners may want to make this one large open space by removing the dividing wall. The well lit breakfastroom has an oil-fired royal blue Aga with travertine flooring running all the way through to the moderate sized service area, which has wooden units and new, black granite counters. A small utility lies off the kitchen and leads to a wonderful kitchen garden with a colossal, fruit-laden fig tree, strawberries, rhubarb and a greenhouse with tomatoes.

Derriana stands over three floors, with the first housing three bedrooms, all light filled with full height sash windows and Georgian style door architraves. The well proportioned master bedroom has dual aspect windows, old pine flooring and a fine sized en suite. A walk in hot press provides a good deal of storage on the landing. Upstairs lies an open plan library/study with French navy walls lending a tranquil air.

This leads on to a large guest bedroom which overlooks the kitchen garden.

The current owner is downsizing as the rest of the family have left the nest. What makes this house so special is the care, and labour of love that has resulted in the marvellous gardens. With many specimen trees, the one that catches the eye is the giant white cherry blossom, which the current owner describes as being “like a bride” in late spring. Throughout the sweeping driveway there are lots of flower beds brimming with roses, lavender and hydrangea. Attentive planting ensures colour throughout the seasons. A further glasshouse with grape-filled vines and a small folly off the pond will give new green-fingered owners much pleasure in the gardens, and also possibly keep them fit; tending to the preservation of this lovely oasis.

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