Charming cottage on the hill

Quirky Victorian redbrick cottage opposite Druid’s Chair pub in Killiney for €495,000

 

A house on Killiney Hill Road opposite the Druid’s Chair pub, just beyond the roundabout junction with Victoria Road, is for sale at a price seldom seen in this neighbourhood. Number 1 Killiney Hill Cottages, the first house built in a small terrace of redbrick Victorian houses, is for sale by private treaty through Hunters estate agents for €495,000.

It’s a quirky house that may appeal to a couple or a single buyer – but they will need to be fit to enjoy living here. There are 10 steep steps from the road down to the front door and 14 steps up to a separate sun deck behind the house. The deck, nestled beside the side wall of the turreted arch across Victoria Road around the corner, has a narrow view down over back gardens of houses on Killiney Hill to Killiney Bay.

The 107sq m (1,150sq ft) house, a protected structure, was extended in the 1980s, but new owners would likely want to do more work to modernise it.

Accommodation includes a kitchen/breakfast room, two bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor and a wide livingroom/diningroom and a main en suite bedroom upstairs.

Pots of flowers

The kitchen/breakfastroom, up a few steps from the tiled front entrance hall, is a good size and has doors into the small garden space at the front of the house; sheltered by bushes and stocked with pots of flowers, this small space is made to seem larger by a mirror fixed to a wall.

There’s a double bedroom at the other side of the front hall and a cell-like single bedroom that would make a good study.

Upstairs is the main living area of the house: a wide under-eaves livingroom/diningroom has timber floorboards painted white, terracotta red walls and a ceiling painted white. It has a black cast-iron fireplace, windows looking across the road to the Druid’s Chair pub and, at the livingroom end, windows looking down towards the sea.

Steps at the opposite end lead up to a double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom with a painted wooden floor.

Outside, there’s a shed and a covered storage area, with a path leading around the side of the house to the raised sun deck.

There is a parking space at the front gate of the house but it doesn’t belong to the property. The only other places to park near the house are in a small car park opposite the Druid’s Chair, or in spaces just outside the pub.

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