The big picture from Killiney Hill

Large four-bedroom property on Killiney Hill with tiered gardens, sweeping views and dramatic proportions for €2.95 million

 

To truly appreciate the vistas from Hillside on Killiney Hill Road, you need to stand at the very top of the tiered gardens to the rear of the property. In summer, mature trees and shrubs form a dappled cloak over the front gardens, hiding some of the panorama that is visible when the deciduous trees are bare.

The views, also remarkable from the front rooms, take in the entire bay, sweeping all the way to the Sugar Loaf in Co Wicklow. From the exterior, the house, which is semi-detached, appears to be quite modest, but with 430sq m (4,630sq ft) of floor space and a separate coach house, the property is anything but.

Rooms are of dramatic proportions, and once inside the front hallway, it’s clear that this house was built for entertaining. Dating from the mid 19th century, it was restored by the present owners. As they are UK-based, the property is currently rented.

Finest room

The drawingroom is the finest room in the house and features an impressive antique marble fireplace. A remarkable 18-pane bay window overlooks the front gardens, and the window seat at its base would accommodate a rugby team.

New oak flooring and polished stone has been laid throughout the ground floor.

Some of the period details have been lost in a near 200-year existence, but these have been sympathetically replaced by antique-style replicas, The exception is a leaded window off an inner hallway, which feels out of place alongside an original portly sash.

The kitchen, to the rear of the property and opening out on to one of the many terraces, was handmade by John Daly Furniture Craftsmen in Co Monaghan.

It has all the bells and whistles one would expect from a salubrious property, including an Aga, and high-end Neff and Miele appliances.

An impressive cantilevered staircase, with curved wainscoting, leads to the four bedrooms upstairs. In keeping with the property’s general spaciousness, the bedrooms are large and the bathrooms are of jaw-dropping proportions. The master suite features a jacuzzi hot tub and dressing area.

A wing off what would have been the servants’ quarters now features a livingroom with a decked terrace overlooking the manicured rear gardens. The coach house has been converted into a two-bedroom mews.

The property is for sale through Lisney, with an asking price of €2.95 million.

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