Modest house, glorious summer garden


Carrickmines: €3.5m:Everything is coming up roses in a secluded house on 1.36 acres of gardens, says Property Editor Orna Mulcahy

Lisheens, a modest home hidden away on 1.36 acres of superb gardens at Brennanstown Road in Carrickmines, Dublin 18, has been home to the same family for the last 30 years.

However, the owners are now selling up and preparing to pass on their wonderful garden to buyers who they sincerely hope will maintain it.

The property will be auctioned on July 5th by Lisney and has an AMV of €3.5 million.

The four-bedroom house is hidden from view, set well back from the road next to Brennanstown Vale in an area where many of the properties have been snapped up for future development.

The tree-lined front garden has a winding driveway leading to the low dormer-style house which dates from the 1940s.

It's a charming house, not particularly large at 210sq m (2,260sq ft) and with its principal rooms - drawingroom, diningroom, study and main bedroom - in a row overlooking the garden.

New owners will inevitably refurbish completely and may decide to replace it with a far larger house. Howevever, the relatively modest AMV could attract househunters selling up closer to town in order to enjoy the privacy and peace that you get with a large enveloping garden.

Old roses and lavender flourish below the terrace that leads out from the drawingroom, while below them is a velvety smooth lawn bounded by shrubs and specimen treees screening a second wide lawn that would convert beautifully to a tennis court.

Rambling roses cloak old fruit trees while even the compost heap - the size of many a town garden - has sprouted the most enormous densely petalled poppies. It's a summer garden now at its best. The gardener who has tended it for the last 25 years will need to be negotiated with separately!