Room to roam: Killiney house with big garden

They are not easy to find in today’s market but some impressive family homes with substantial gardens can still be found in Dublin


For some househunters, the quality and size of the outside space is as important as the house itself and it isn’t easy in the current market to find family homes in Dublin with large private grounds.

Woodmere on Ballinclea Road, in Killiney, Co Dublin, which costs €1.25 million through Lisney, is an architect-designed house with an A-line roof. It is looking good for its age: it was built 45 years ago by Dundrum-based builders James N Earls & Sons & Daughter.

The house measures 303sq m (3,265sq ft) and has half an acre of the most lovely south facing garden laid mostly in neat lawn, with a nymph water feature and a raised deck to the rear. It is fringed with both trees and well groomed hedging.

The house at Woodmere adjoins the second hole of Killiney Golf Club. Either side of the house has gated pedestrian access and to the side is a detached double garage.

The property joins a lane on one side and has separate vehicular access to the rear garden, which may help any future planning application.

The five-bedroom house has a wide, bright reception hall with a parquet floor.

Also at this level there’s a diningroom, a drawingroom that runs from the front to the back of the house with folding French doors to the rear garden, and a TV/familyroom that also overlooks the garden.

The kitchen, unlike the reception rooms which have floral borders and pelmet curtains, is a very modern space with sleek cream units, a vaulted ceiling and lots of windows to make it bright, spacious and airy.

The kitchen has display cabinets, saucepan drawers, a Corian work surface, a Siemens stainless steel integrated microwave and four ring electric halogen hob with Britannia extractor, a built-in Siemens twin oven and a De Dietrich American style fridge, to name a few of the appliances.

A tall window illuminates the stairwell and landing on the first floor where there are four bedrooms, an en suite shower and a family bathroom.

On the second floor there’s a suite comprising a large main bedroom with a shower room . The BER is F.