Imposing elegance on de Vesci Terrace for €2.95m

Stylishly refurbished 1830s house has a granite-faced mews at the back


Imposing and stark, the bright, high-ceilinged rooms of number 3 de Vesci Terrace have been refurbished with elan. For the owners, who divide their time between France and Ireland, no detail has been too much, no feature neglected. The results, from working window shutters to decorative plasterwork, solid oak floors, marble fireplaces and the impressive modernity of a stainless steel kitchen, make for elegant viewing over 4000sq ft (371sq m) of floor space.

In sheltered, leafy privacy on the edge of Monkstown, with a shared, four-acre private park in front, the setting must have looked much as it does now when number 3 was built in the 1830s. Terrace residents have keys to the park opposite, an oasis of grassy walks, venerable trees and tennis courts.

The architect owner’s stylish refurbishment is in no way at odds with a rear, granite-faced mews which has 1,000sq ft of contemporary comfort alongside an integrated garage with ceramic-tiled floor.

The mews is close to the house, albeit with a pleasant, landscaped garden between. Both are for sale with an asking price of €2.95 million.

Though houses on de Vesci Terrace do not often come on the market, two are currently for sale. Number 10, at the end of the terrace, is on offer for €1.65 million. A basement about half the size of No 3 and no mews explain the lower price tag.

The diningroom of number 3, with the feel of a ballroom, cuts a swathe through the ground floor. A front-facing Oriel window throws light on a white marble fireplace, shining oak floor and lavish centre rose. The drawing room, a shorter version of the diningroom with similar fireplace, leads via double doors to a morningroom designed to catch the day’s early sun. Upstairs are four bedrooms, three sharing a large, sumptuously modern bathroom. The main, en suite bedroom has a walk-in dressing room.

A study/office, on the return to the garden-level kitchen, has a window overlooking the mews. The kitchen, with a dining area overlooking the rear patio, has a large steel centre island. There is a fifth bedroom on this level.

The mews’s first-floor living area is open-plan, with rows of velux windows and timber flooring. The impressive garage would readily convert to a second bedroom.