DescriptionMonte Alverno, which is tucked discreetly away just off Sorrento Road, is quite possibly one of Dalkey's best-kept secrets. Enclosed by wonderful mature gardens extending to 1.2 acres, the property enjoys the luxury of seclusion while being situated in one of Dublin's finest coastal locations. Designed with flair and imagination c.1835, Monte Alverno was renovated and restored in 1895 by prominent Dalkey resident Alexander Conan and brought into the 21st Century by its present owner. Steeped in history, (Lord Edward Carson resided here while a student in Trinity College,) this magnificent castellated Victorian residence is built with extensive use of local Dalkey granite and incorporates numerous unique features, making it an exceptionally fine home of outstanding architectural and historic merit.
Passing through the imposing electronic gates to enter the property from Sorrento Rd, you'll find a private driveway shared by three other properties. Another set of exclusively owned double gates then leads from there into Monte Alverno proper. Here you will find yourself in a generous courtyard of cut granite, which provides ample parking and access to the large carport. The house itself, which is superbly positioned, enjoys a spectacular elevated south facing site extending to 1.2 acres (approx). Maritime views from here are unparalleled and considerably enchant the appeal of this fine home. Add to this the tremendous privacy, its well-serviced position beside Dalkey Town and the result is one of the finest locations in Ireland. Quality and attention to detail throughout the house is of the highest standard and is maintained flawlessly in all aspects of its design.
The impressive entrance hall, with its double height domed ceiling over the magnificent stairwell, sets the tone of what is to follow. The wonderfully elegant double drawingroom, dayroom and feature study, with its hand crafted oak wall panelling all enjoy a sunny south facing orientation and outlook over the formal garden and Killiney Bay. The dining room, situated to the side of the property, has a view into the impressive conservatory with its feature natural granite outcrop complete with waterfall that flows into the large fishpond. Informal dining is also well catered for in the breakfast room, which is situated off a very homely and well-equipped Miele kitchen. A good size laundry/utility room, guest cloakroom and staff/children's cloakroom are also found here.
On the first floor there are six very comfortable bedrooms, (the master bedroom includes a superb dressing room and bathroom ensuite). Two family bathrooms, a den/sitting room and access to the turret are also located on this level. All the main bedrooms are south facing and enjoy unobstructed sea views sweeping from Sorrento Terrace over Killiney Bay and across to Bray Head. The spiral staircase within the turret leads to the Sleeping Cabin (which is currently used as an office/study) with its 270º view of the surrounding area which then continues on to provide access to the roof where you have a spectacular 360º panorama and access to the flagpole.
The residence is set in grounds that are laid out in beautifully manicured lawns, raised flowerbeds and mature wooded walkways. Neatly tucked into the corner of the site, there is an all weather floodlit tennis court beside the Chinese garden that has its own waterfall and lily pond. On the upper terrace, another outstanding feature of this stunning property is the hugely impressive, 65 ft long heated swimming pool complete with its dramatic dragon motif and under water lighting. Surrounding the pool, there is a large Liscannor paved patio area from where there are also spectacular views of Killiney Bay and beyond. The Observation Tower beside the pool incorporates a fully tiled changing room with a shower, pedestal w.h.b., wc, storage etc. and at its lower level, a plant and chemical room that services the pool. There is also at the higher level, a generous greenhouse and bathing area. Steps at the side of the greenhouse lead down to the terraced back garden, gardeners' shed, boiler house; and further down, a purpose built bin store, concealed 12,000 litre fuel tank and discreetly located, a gas and electric meters.
Because of its convenient and desirable location, the property benefits from having on its doorstep, a number of excellent local amenities, including good shops, restaurants and schools; not to mention the wonderful walks around Killiney & Dalkey Hill, Sorrento Park and Coliemore Road. There is also easy access to and from the city centre via the DART, a mere ten minute stroll away.
Monte Alverno, which is discretely tucked away behind imposing electronic gates, is accessed off a private granite set driveway. To the front, in the forecourt area, there is generous parking that includes a double carport. The gardens extend to approx. 1.20 acres of beautifully manicured south facing lawns with well stocked herbatius flowerbeds and granite/ Liscannor patio areas, in addition to which there is a wooded walkway along the south facing boundary. Concealed garden lighting provides discrete illumination to the whole area. Steps from the front terrace lead up past the natural rockery and to the Chinese garden and gazebo with its own waterfall and lily pond. From here is access to the tennis court, observation tower and plant room. Further steps lead up to the large heated and flood lit swimming pool with its spectacular dragon motif and changing room. Beside the pool, there is a greenhouse/potting shed and more steps lead down to the sunken patio area which is surrounded by further granite outcrops.
AccommodationInner Hall 14.61m x 3.63m.
Drawing Room 12.09m x 5.97m.
Day/Goose Room 7.24m x 5.97m.
Study 4.88m x 8.51m.
Conservatory 4.29m x 14.48m.
Dining Room 7.92m x 6.12m.
Breakfast Room 6.32m x 3.63m.
Kitchen 4.29m x 7.90m.
Wine Cellar 2.11m x 3.25m.
Utility Room 3.35m x 4.27m.
Upstairs Landing 18.59m x 3.58m.
Master Bedroom 7.24m x 5.97m.
Bedroom 2 7.37m x 4.88m.
Bedroom 3 3.99m x 5.00m.
Bedroom 4 3.91m x 6.07m.
Bedroom 5 3.99m x 6.07m.
Bedroom 6 2.08m x 4.57m.
Den 3.71m x 4.27m.
Back Landing Office
Sleeping Cabin 3.05m x 2.46m.
FeaturesA truly magnificent family residence
Beautifully appointed, spacious accommodation extending to c. 8, 300 sq ft approx.
Enjoying stunning sea views
Superb south facing gardens which extend to 1.20 acres of beautifully manicured lawns
Large heated and flood lit swimming pool
BER DetailsBER: Exempt
DirectionsFrom Dalkey main street, take the left hand turn at the Sorrento Lounge (Finnegan’s) onto Sorrento Road, Monte Alverno is set back behind private entrance gates on the left handside just before the right hand turn for Vico Road.
Viewing InformationStrictly by appointment with Sherry FitzGerald Dalkey on 01 275 1000