MARINO AVENUE WEST, KILLINEY, COUNTY DUBLIN, IRELAND
A magnificent Victorian Italianate mansion enjoying a truly spectacular position overlooking Killiney Bay, with remarkable and panoramic sea vistas from the rocks of Dalkey Island to those of Bray Head.
Summerhill House is one of Dublin’s finest residences. Occupying an enviable position on Marino Avenue West, off Killiney Hill Road, the generous grounds of some 5 acres or 2 hectares afford privacy and remarkable sea views over Killiney Bay. Often referred to as ‘Ireland’s Bay of Naples’ Killiney Bay is renowned for its picturesque quality. Views extend from the obelisk on Killiney Hill towards the rocks of Dalkey Island over the sea to Bray Head and around to the Wicklow mountains.
Dating to circa 1850 the house is built in the Victorian Italianate or Neo-Renasissance architectural style. The accommodation comprises two storey’s over a basement level with all the principal reception rooms and bedrooms facing south and enjoying superb coastal views. Accommodation within the house extends to some 7,550 square feet or 701 square metres and includes 5 reception rooms and 7 bedrooms. The Guest Lodge extends to some 1,485 square feet or 138 square metres and includes 1 reception room and 2 bedrooms.
A generous reception hall leads into a gracious stair hall with a feature chimneypiece and a fine carved timber staircase. An impressive and large double drawing room with two marble chimneypieces faces south and east and enjoys incredible coastal views. It links to the dining room which features parquet flooring and has a glorious marble chimneypiece with incredible colouring. The study has a large bow or bay window and enjoys superb sea views. The large family room faces south and opens onto a large garden terrace. The kitchen is spacious and has a raised seating area which enjoys sea views.
Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms suites and 5 further bedrooms. The master bedroom features a large bay or bow window and enjoys superb coastal views. The other 3 principal bedrooms all face south and enjoy sea and mountain views. A generous landing gives a luxurious feel to the entire bedroom floor. The basement can be accessed internally or externally from both the parking terrace and a tunnel linking to the lower garden terrace(s). With good ceiling height it is a very usable space and currently comprises a bar room, gym, games room, sauna room, laundry and plant room.
Enjoying an idyllic elevated position within a highly regarded and sought after location within South Dublin the private grounds are uniquely large, most especially within this highly desirable area, extending to some 5 acres or 2 hectares. The grounds are laid out in their original Tuscan terraced style with renaissance style balustrading adorning the upper terrace. The gardens are simply delightful and all the more enchanting due to their large size and both the privacy afforded and the spectacular views, most especially from the upper terraces. Being elevated the views over Killiney Bay are magnetic but compellingly the lapping waves on Killiney Beach below can be heard within the gardens, as indeed can the rhythmic bells of nearby Saint Alphonsus and Columba church.
A large paved terrace along the southern elevation of the house enjoys fine views and can be accessed from the drawing room, family room and dining room. The tennis court, putting green and guest house are also accessible from this terrace and gravelled pathways lead to the lower terraces and stable block and an upper woodland walk. A pumped waterfall cascades down into a water pool with a feature fountain. The tennis court has a tarmacadam surface and night lighting. A middle terrace has a wild flower meadow and productive garden, with raspberry, strawberry, onion and rose beds and plum and apple trees.
The lower terrace can be accessed from steps off the upper terrace or independently from a secondary vehicle entrance. A large stable block is now used as garden stores and workshops but could easily be returned to stable use or possibly converted into garaging or further guest accommodation, subject to any necessary permission(s). Golfing enthusiasts are well catered for with the former grazing paddock on the lower terrace now comprising 2 Par 3 golfing greens and combining with the practice putting green on the upper terrace.
Killiney is a seaside resort running along a stunning coastline, south of Dublin City. Neighbouring villages include Dalkey and Shankill.
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PSRA Licence Number 003640
BER Exempt (Building Energy Rating Certification)
Eircode A96 x402 (Property Specific Code)
GPS Location (gate) 53.255470 (latitude), -6.116300 (longitude)
GPS Location (house) 53.256768 (latitude), -6.116980 (longitude)
Dublin City Centre (St. Stephen’s Green) 10.3 miles or 16.6 kilometres. Driving time of 29 minutes
Dublin International Airport 26.5 miles or 43 kilometres. Driving time of 30 minutes
DART Commuter Train (Killiney Station) 0.3 miles or 0.5 kilometres. Walking time of 8 minutes, driving time of 4 minutes
M50 Motorway (Junction 16) 2 miles or 3.2 kilometres. Driving time of 8 minutes
Killiney Strand (Beach) 0.3 miles or 0.6 kilometres. Walking time of 6 minutes, driving time of 4 minutes
Dalkey Village 2.2 miles or 3.5 km. Driving time of 8 minutes
Dun Laoghaire (Deep Water Harbour) 3.6 miles or 5.9 km. Driving time of 14 minutes