THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE, LARAGH, COUNTY WICKLOW, IRELAND
A delightful country home with a picture postcard aesthetic and gloriously positioned within the charming village of Laragh and with views overlooking the Wicklow Mountains. In all about 0.3 acre or 0.12 hectare.
The Old School House benefits from a south-westerly facing aspect with the principal reception rooms and bedrooms all enjoying good natural light and views over the village towards Glendalough and the surrounding Wicklow Mountains. Positioned just off the village green on the scenic Sally Gap mountain pass road the village church, pub, cafÃ© and shop are all within easy walking distance, as is the historic and celebrated Glendalough monastic settlement.
Dating to circa 1830 and built of local granite stone The Old School House, as the name suggests, was originally a school with a teacherâ€™s living quarters attached. Edwin Lucas recounting his time at the school from circa 1903 recalls how â€œsome of the girls would arrive in the morning with flowers for the teacher: wild honeysuckle, wild cotton, cuckoo flowers and in early spring daffodils, primroses and wild cowslipsâ€, which gives an evocative sense of nature in the surrounding area both then and now. â€œSchool hours were from 10.00 A.M. till 3 P.M.â€ Edwin Lucas recounting school days from circa 1903.
In more recent years The Old School House has been home to a noted restaurant [Mitchellâ€™s restaurant] and more recently as a tea room [The Conservatory]. In each case successfully accommodating the enterprise alongside a family home. The Old School House has been a family home for many of the years since graduating from school use and is easily suited for use entirely as a family home if preferred. The delightful conservatory is an elegant room to enjoy whether within a private home or as a paying tea room patron or purveyor of a gift shop [another previous use being as a gift and homewares shop]. A small wedding party of circa 75 guests were recently hosted.
Inside the house has a great period character and being set into the hillside allows the upper floor level to ...