- For sale
The Old Rectory is a truly charming and elegant country house (built 1878) surrounded by magnificent private woodland gardens, together with spacious coach house offices, indoor swimming pool, stables, haybarn, sand arena and paddock in a most delightful setting on the western environs of Ashford Village and within easy reach of Dublin via the N11/M11. Glendalough Monastic site is a 20 minute drive.
Great care and attention have been given to retaining the original period features such as fireplaces, doors, sash windows and servant bells, whilst at the same time ensuring all modern comforts.
The Old Rectory was built in 1878 as a Rectory for the Parish of Killiskey under the supervision of Thomas Dean Architects, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin.
Over the various ownerships and occupancies, a fascinating compilation of original historical notes and photographs have been handed down and will be passed to the purchasers. Documents include the original tender from Maguire & Sons listing costings for the fit out. It is interesting to note the marble fireplace in the drawing room, excluding grate, cost £6.00. There is also a loan note from the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury in the sum of £600.00 to cover build cost.The house has historical connections with the Synge and Casement families.
The Old Rectory is approached through electric gates via a sweeping tree-lined avenue. A traditional front door with original fittings welcomes you into the tiled porch with neo-gothic embellishments leads to the entrance hall with feature wooden staircase. The drawing room to the left with south and west facing windows overlooks the stunning garden views and is an elegant and relaxing room with high ceilings and feature marble fireplace. The family/TV room to the right is flooded with light and also has a feature marble fireplace. The dining room with it’s grand piano and marble fireplace is a wonderful room for entertaining.
The downstairs library bathroom with it’s wall to wall bookshelves is quite unique. The traditional kitchen with tiled flooring and oil fired four oven Aga is the heart of the home. There is also a useful playroom/study to the rear of the kitchen. Double French doors open onto the large west facing patio area leading to the gardens which take full advantage of the afternoon and evening sun. The rear hall has a large boot room, pantry, WC and utility room. The back door leads to a plant filled, sun drenched enclosed courtyard which links the main house to the original coach house
The main hall, staircase and first floor landing are flooded with light from the full width 4 pane window above the return half landing. The first-floor landing leads to the main bedroom, well-equipped with wardrobes and en-suite shower room. There are a further four spacious double bedrooms and a large family bathroom all of which are superbly presented.
The overall property extends to approx. 1.63 ha (4 acres) of which approx. 2 acres are occupied by the magnificent gardens the balance taken up by the house, coach house, courtyard, outbuildings, stables, sand arena and paddock. .
The grounds are a particular feature of the property with privacy ensured by an array of mature trees, shrubs and flowers. The gardens are designed and laid out for easy maintenance, reputed to have been planted at the about the time the house was under construction, under the direction of the head gardener to the nearby Mount Usher Estate. This accounts for the varied and unusual array of specimen trees including weeping blue cedar, weeping beech, Indian bean tree, myrtle, magnolia, strawberry tree and Soulagean burgundy glow, to mention but a few.
The Pool House
The swimming pool was originally an outdoor pool. It was enclosed by a substantial building in 1987 which extends to approx. 207 sq. m. and would suit a number of alternative uses subject to the necessary planning consents. Although structurally complete the building requires internal fitting out and the pool equipment upgrading.
The Coach House
A delightful two storey coach house situated in the courtyard immediately to the rear of the house is used as, on the ground floor a gym with kitchenette, shower room and fireplace.. On the first floor is a bright spacious open plan office. Subject to planning consent, would readily convert to residential use.
The property is within an easy walk of Ashford Village, some 5km from Wicklow Town and an easy commute to Dublin City (46 km) and airport (45 minutes) via the M11/M50 Motorways accessed to the north east and south east of Ashford.
Ashford village caters for all the general daily requirements. The Mount Usher gardens offer a wide variety of services including farmers market, dining and country clothing. The towns of Wicklow and Greystones are the two main shopping centres of the area.
There are numerous championship golf courses within easy reach and harbours from which to swim, sail and fish and the beaches of Brittas Bay and Silver Strand are all close by. There are two equestrian centres, Boswell and Bel Air within an easy hack. The Wicklow Pony Club is a vibrant and sociable activity for children. There is a magnificent international cricket ground at nearby Oakhill. Wicklow Tennis Club is nearby.
Mains water, mains sewage, O.F.C.H., alarm and excellent broadband
Adjoining the paddock is the stable block well-equipped with four stables, tack/feed area and machinery/ hay store. Separately there are two garages. Off the paddock is a large flood lit sand arena.