Menu of delights in Dublin foothills for AMV €1.675 million

This cleverly-renovated and extended schoolhouse in Kilternan will whet the appetite of foodies with its professional-standard kitchen and the separate wine room

 

The Old Schoolhouse on Ballycorus Road in Kilternan started a modest life in 1861. The current owners purchased the property in 2004, and the granite-faced schoolhouse went through more of a metamorphosis rather than a re-modelling.

It was put on the market in 2007 with a €4.3 million price tag – it didn’t sell – and is now for sale again, to be auctioned by Sherry FitzGerald on May 14th with an AMV of €1.675 million.

A bit like nouvelle cuisine, the transformation focused on high quality products, all laid out in a simple but creative manner, resulting in an elegant property with a footprint of 372sq m (4,000sq ft).

Walking through the smoked oak and crema marfil floored house there are a few tell-tale signs that the current owner is a chef; from the French Laundry cookbook in the drawing room, to the huge eight gas burner Britannia stove sitting opposite two Fischer and Paykel fridges in the Enigma Design walnut kitchen.

Wine room

A room off the kitchen will have wine lovers weak at the knees. It houses a multi-temperature Liebherr vinidor wine cooler, set in a smart walnut cabinet with inverted stemmed glassware racks.

And if one has overindulged whilst being innovative in the kitchen, the property includes a separate log cabin housing a gym.

A wrap-around patio lies off the double-height living room adjacent to the kitchen, and is perfect for entertaining in the summer months, with lots of room for guests to mingle.

The house has two statement fireplaces, one in the entrance hall by Artefaction and a Minnie Peters one in the drawing room, which marry well with the understated décor of the house.

Four bedrooms, three of which are en-suite, are on the ground floor off a wide corridor which has an inbuilt Oakline office suite. But it is the main bedroom that really impresses. It is the only room upstairs and boast two terraces – one for morning coffees and the second is perfect for watching the sun set while enjoying an aperitif.

The house stands on two acres of gardens, some of which are formal, with lollipop privet trees and box hedging, and like the house itself, is presented like a good steak – perfectly à point.

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