This is a most impressive towered and gabled red-brick Gothic-Revival house. Built in the late 1870's designed by George Coppinger Ashlin, one of the leading Irish architects of the 19th century. The property is entered through solid double doors underneath the tower. The entrance lobby has a delightful encaustic ceramic tiled floor in a rich pattern. Double doors with glazed lead panelled glass bearing a red rose in the centre, leads with a step upward into the hall proper. This generous hallway opens to the inner hall where the main stairway is situated. The hall has two doorways positioned on either side, the drawing room and dining room. Behind the dining room is access to the services area. A butler's pantry houses the lift, which gives access to the first floor. This area has ample storage presses and picture window to the rear. A door from here leads to the kitchen/breakfast room with access to the service wing.There is a utility room located here also. Another door provides access to the front of the house.
The timber staircase forms the dramatic rise to the first floor with an oratory located on the first return. On the first floor are five principal bedrooms. The main bedroom is luxuriously appointed with en suite bathroom, dressing room and has a door to an east-facing terrace. The second largest bedroom has a door opening out to a balcony with panoramic sea views. From the landing, a step down leads to the family bathroom with separate bath, shower, whb, wc and bidet. There are two further bedrooms at this level one with en suite shower room and a smaller bedroom with door to balcony. The back stairs from here leads to the service quarters. From a central position on the landing is a secondary staircase that leads directly up to the intimate, square tower room, which has breathtaking views out over the Bay. The overall presentation of this house cannot be understated. It is a tribute to the Gothic Revival in Ireland and its' application in a residential project creating a comfortable family home.
Imposing electric gates allow access to a sweeping gravel driveway. The gardens are a favo ...