Six-bed house in Bray for €925,000

Detached, bungalow-style property has been extended and modernised


Behind its surrounding walls, trees and entrance gates, Dylan Lodge has a couple of surprises in store. There is the house itself, which, with 3,250sq ft (300sq m) of floor space, is larger than it appears and has views more sweeping than expected. Then there are the gardens, lavishly landscaped to create distinctive areas of quiet repose.

Built some 27 years ago by a Bob Dylan fan (hence the name), the present owner bought Dylan Lodge for IR£150,000 in 1989.

The original house has been vastly expanded and modernised. It has six bedrooms, three reception rooms, a large kitchen/breakfastroom and a two-roomed, tiled basement area that could be used as a games room or home office.

With an asking price of €925,000, agent HJ Byrne is looking after the private treaty sale.

The layout, with living spaces on the ground floor and bedrooms to either side of a short divided staircase, is traditional and has a great deal of natural light. Internal doors are of hardwood, most floors are of polished timber, and a pivotal, darkwood counter in the large, open-style kitchen/breakfast- room makes a stylish point.

Kitchen fittings and storage spaces are extensive, a tall fridge is encased in exposed brick, and double glass doors in an exposed brick wall open to a lushly bordered patio.

The reception hall, big enough to be a living space in its own right, gives direct access to the rest of the house – to rooms such as the diningroom, where there is a timber-surround fireplace and bay window framing sea views. Most rooms, including the sittingroom, have similar or more sweeping views, some to as far as Lambay Island, many taking in Bray Head.

The main, en-suite bedroom and a smaller bedroom are to the right of the divided staircase. The other bedrooms (one of which is en suite) and a family bathroom are to the left.

The basement is accessed by fairly steep steps from the entrance hallway.

The split-level garden has a botanical spread of plants and trees, pebbled walks, lawns, granite steps and a walled area landscaped in granite where prunus trees form a semicircle.