Arts and Crafts cottage with country charm in Booterstown for €795,000

Home’s original period features are now married with contemporary comforts

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Address: 17 Beech Grove, Booterstown, Co Dublin
Price: €795,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald
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Beech Grove is an enclave of traditional cottages constructed in the early part of the 20th century. Dating from 1915, the single-storey pitched-roof houses front on to a pedestrian lane, which has immense character. Car parking is at the end of the grove, which means that all the houses here have lots of privacy, there is little in terms of traffic noise and it is a very safe place for children to play.

Number 17 was stylishly renovated and extended by its current owner in 2019. It has oodles of charm and its original period features are now married with contemporary comforts. “It’s like a warm cashmere blanket, as it feels like you are in the country, but everything is on your doorstep,” says the owner, who is staying in the area but looking for something a little larger.

To the front of the house lies a south-facing, sun-trap garden – of which the current owner has made best use with the installation of a patio. To the rear there is a private internal courtyard, which is laid out as an al fresco dining area and has additional access from a side alley.

Inside the front door lies a livingroom with oak flooring and a log-burning stove now sits in the period fireplace which has a tiled inset. From here there is access to the courtyard where an olive tree is growing happily. Sash windows allow much light into the south-facing front of the property, with more flowing in from the three sets of French doors from the courtyard to the rear.


There is good storage in the pretty kitchen which has a Belfast sink, hardwood countertops, a Miele oven and Bosch dishwasher. This space opens to the dining area which has oak flooring and built-in bench seating alongside an open fireplace.

A study lies beyond which has a full wall of built-in storage with space for two computer monitors. This room, like the rest of the house, is very bright, with lots of light flowing in from the front.

Upstairs, along a corridor lit by overhead Velux, lie three bedrooms, one of which is used as a second study and dressing room. Here light bounces off the white flooring and the property has a lovely bathroom with an all-important full-size Victorian-style bath.

All in all, the 94sq m (1,012sq ft) E1-rated property is full of charm and character. It has been launched on the market through Sherry FitzGerald, seeking €795,000.

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables