True to the chosen name Ard Aoibhinn, meaning Mount Pleasant, this remarkable house extends to 250sqm (2,700 sq.ft) and comprises a charming split level family home occupying a wonderful elevated site extending to approximately half an acre of gardens and grounds. This property affords the residents absolute privacy and commands wonderful views looking south and west over the River Liffey and surrounding lands. Electronic gates at the recessed entrance, which is at the foot of Knockmaroon Hill, lead to a winding driveway that ascends amidst woodland to the house and gardens.
There is ample parking to the front of the house with a double detached garage neatly tucked in behind it. There is a beautiful patio area leading to the kitchen entrance and fronting on from the conservatory, steps lead to rear lawn that is a veritable sun trap due to the south facing orientation and elevated position beyond all neighbouring properties.
The house we know today as Ard Aoibhinn started life as a cottage on a site known locally as Brass Castle as this was the officer's quarters of an army artillery regiment in the 19th Century, this is a far cry from the C2 BER rated house that stands before us now developed by an Irish builder returning from what was then Northern Rhodesia in the 1970's and purchased by the current owners in 1981 where they have resided ever since. Both increased insulation, boosted by the timber panelling and the addition of solar panels make this an efficient, comfortable and cosy home. As a note of interest this site was referenced in the Gothic ghost story The House by the Church Yard, published in 1863 by Sheridan Le Fanu.
The main entrance to the front of the property leads to a reception hallway from which the ...