Not a blade of grass moved in the opulent Foxrock house on Brighton Road for 3.5 million euros – The Irish Times
Standing on a third of an acre, there’s not a blade of grass out of place at Serena, an imposing five-bedroom house on Brighton Road in Foxrock. Dating back to the early 1990s and hidden behind sandstone pillars and electric gates, the substantial property has been built to a very high standard to an architectural design by the late Aidan Powell.
Its sweeping staircase with a minstrel’s gallery hosted quarter strings and speeches while dominated from a double-height room by ‘one of the largest Tipperary crystal chandeliers on the market‘, says the owner, who moved to Wicklow after swapping city life for Wellingtons.
Every room in the 435 square meter (4,682 square foot) home is meticulous. “It’s quite a magnetic home and when set up for entertaining it’s a truly inviting place.”
The heart of the house is a Christoff kitchen, which was extended in early 2003 when a garage was also incorporated and is now an adjacent family room. A lantern roof has been added to the kitchen which now fills the room with light. Its paneled walls, Aga and separate free-standing ovens are set around a breakfast bar with a highly polished black granite surface.
Next to the kitchen is an informal breakfast room, which opens onto the garden, as does a small lounge, which is the perfect place to leaf through the morning papers.
The interiors, designed by Helen Turkington, have a high level of detail, from the paneled walls to the electrically operated blinds and curtains, to the central vacuum system, the laundry chute and the Bang & Olufsen sound system.
A striking two-story turret adds interest to the front of the property. Although in ancient times these structures were used for defense, sometimes when incorporated into modern construction they can look like an afterthought with no real function. At Serena, the upper part of the turret creates a beautiful space housing the en-suite master bedroom bathroom, while on the garden level it houses an antique kidney-shaped desk in an office space next door. of a billiard room. Here, the walls have been painted with a red leather effect by decorator and mural artist Nathaniel Clements to complete the room. This is one of two moody rooms in the house, the other being a dimly colored room off the kitchen, used as a TV room.
As expected, the master bedroom is more like a five-star hotel suite. Adjacent to an elegant marble fireplace, French doors topped with a Georgian transom window lead to a balcony swathed in purple Chinese wisteria blossoms. The bathroom here got a total upgrade just before Covid with a new shower, vanity and marble tiling.
The gardens aren’t as large as one might expect, but what they lack in space they more than make up for in quality and character. Originally designed by Paul Martin, Richard Fanning of Rathdrum was recently commissioned to upgrade them. A good number of old boxwood hedges have been removed and replaced with an older English garden style planting, with an abundance of allium, hydrangea, rhododendron and agapanthus. To the front, columns of Portuguese limestone have been erected to create two carports – hidden from the elements by coiled stems and long, drooping clusters of fragrant wisteria.
Winding limestone paths lead to the south facing rear garden, which is mainly laid to lawn, patio and an entertainment area next to the kitchen. Beyond the back lawn is a charming garden room which provides a bedroom for overnight guests.
With six reception rooms, all of which were refurbished in 2017, and a gleaming kitchen that opens to a rear garden entertainment area, there will be plenty of interest in this property on one of the main roads in Foxrock. Considering its size and age, C2’s Ber is decent considering the property has open fireplaces.
Serena has now been marketed through joint agents Mullery O’Gara and Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty looking for 3.5 million.