Violet Hill, Windgate Road, Baily, Howth, County Dublin

Price: €4500000

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PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

C2

Hidden off Windgate Road at the end of Fairy Hill Lane on the southern slopes of the Howth Peninsula lies “Violet Hill”, a uniquely aspirational home on a magical site approaching 2 acres, perched above Dublin Bay. Following its acquisition in 2012, a project of tasteful enhancement ensued to provide what is now an endearing home of remarkable appeal in a splendid setting. The principal reception rooms, along with its kitchen and two of its four bedrooms along its southern facing façade open to terraces through their bespoke “Crittall” style fenestration, giving the house a contemporary look of a summer residence. The southern façade has a double height vaulted entrance which fills the interior with natural sunlight from its perfect orientation. A long sandstone terrace spans the font façade bordered by box hedging and planted borders , providing an elevated sheltered verandah area on arrival, the perfect vantage point from which to take in the glorious vista. The double height entrance hall is an impressive voluminous space, overlooked by a gallery landing above and enhanced by an inviting reception area with views through glazed panels to the rear garden. An expanse of dark walnut flooring welcomes and combined with the elegant rhythm of those “Crittall” windows is offset perfectly by the neutral brilliant white of the walls. This sets the tone for the classic comfortable style throughout the rest of this special home. The interiors at Violet Hill are consummately appropriate to the house, a sophisticated, aesthetic mix of luxurious textured detailing is consistent throughout. Showcasing contemporary bespoke light fittings, natural woven carpeting, hardwood flooring, neutral tones and textured wall paper, exemplary stonework and a feast of fine bathroom & wardrobe cabinetry. The rear stairwell is a lovely light filled space, again the style here is simple, pale soothing tones and white walls contrasts perfectly with the different greens and blues outside. Conveniently located at the foot of the rear stairs off the kitchen, and to the rear of the main reception hall are two tastefully appointed powder rooms. The South facing living room is a delightful space with sumptuous furnishings in silk, walnut and floors cloaked in woven carpeting complimented by warm pale sea grass walls. This room is optimal in both scale and aspect, whilst the focal view of Dublin’s southern coastline commands attention, shallow steps lead to the slightly elevated formal dining space with doors opening to the east where yet more light and an alternative garden scene towards the pool is enjoyed. The central kitchen, everyday dining area and family living space faces south. This large sun lit area forms one grand corner of this home. It is well-appointed and equally suited to quiet relaxation, or entertaining while enjoying the same arresting bay view. The kitchen treatment is a sleek, contemporary confection of stone, steel, glass and fashionable high gloss cabinetry, with an oversized island for causal use. A corner pantry is cleverly designed within while the kitchen is suitably well appointed. An expansive family reception area here is homely and comfortable, with room for sofa seating, a warm, convivial feel and enviable social amenity. Adjoining the kitchen space, and exponentially increasing its potential for entertaining, is a stone terrace, of course with fabulous 180 degree views south and sheltered to the rear by the front façade. This area is ordained by an impressive outdoor fire place enveloped in corteen steel to warm this space when in full flow. This inside and outside space forms the hub of family life but is also versatile enough to serve as a spacious, festive venue. The pool itself is located on the eastern boundary and enjoys a perfect southerly aspect on its surrounding sandstone paving. A sun soaked sanctuary surrounded by brick walls beside the natural beauty of garden and landscape. Below this area south is a hard tennis court while on the opposite Boundary is a large double garage and ample parking. The garage offers loft space potential. For fitness and leisure there is also a neat gym space on the western side of the ground floor. It could easily accommodate a 5th guest bedroom or study, towards the rear of the kitchen is generously proportioned utility space with cloaks storage and convenient access to the garage, parking area and gym. The master bedroom suite upstairs is a study in flow and indulgence. Occupying the entire south easterly area upstairs across its landing bridge with compelling views from its large window. This main bedroom is comfortable and spacious with an extensive range of fitted wardrobes and beautiful ensuite bathroom, with a feature double shower, twin wash hand basins and a centre bath with views over the rear garden. Three more neat double bedrooms are located on the first floor along with large main bathroom. The second bedroom has its own smart shower room ensuite and each of the two centre bedrooms enjoy access to through French doors to a balcony with spectacular views. All of the bedrooms are charming and characterful, all have fabulous views, two with en-suites, replete with bright off white marbles, mosaics, tiles and luxurious fittings. This home is the product of owners who resided here for some years before embarking on a project of improvement which has resulted in a home with a unique warmth of character so well realised that every need is catered for effortlessly and comfortably. It is an ode to how a very special home should be for the very fortunate new owner to live this dream. Violet Hill sits on an elevated position right in the centre of its near flat 2 acres of garden. To the North it is sheltered by tall pines along its border. To the front the main house overlooks level lawns encircled by bright pathways and flanked by small stands of Sycamores, underplanted with well stocked borders. This vista is the first of many epic moments, uninterrupted to the sea. The garden has four main lawns, easily maintained with plateaued vantage points in several areas from which the bay scene can be savoured. A hypnotic scene of sky and sea, ever changing with the seasons and the solid progress of ships to and from the port. This is a deeply affecting site, where time can seem to stand still. Violet Hill’s mesmerising location and combination of simple green garden in perfect seclusion, may be as close to an earthly Eden as one can find in this part of the world. Howth is a very special, picturesque enclave of Dublin, its protected maritime and upland heath environments are a great venue for healthy outdoor pursuits, while the rich cultural heritage centres around the historic fishing village, which in addition to its numerous hostelries nowadays has a vibrant food scene with broad culinary appeal. Viewing available by appointment with Conor Gallagher, Gallagher Quigley Mobile +353860561313 Email Conor@gallagherquigley.ie

Features

Features

Panoramic views south of Dublin bay
Approximately 2 acres of private gardens
Swimming pool / tennis court
Double garage
Sunny southerly aspect
Oil fired central heating
Walk-in condition
BER CERT C3
C415M2/4,465 Sq.Ft



External

Handmade Rosemary House Roof tiles
Jetmaster Internal/External open fireplaces
Corten Steel external Chimney
Crittall Steel Windows Internal/External
Donegal Sandstone/Donegal Quartzite Paving/Tiling
24kw Macgen Generator
Heated Pool
Tennis Court flood lit.
Host Ireland Microwave Business Broadband System
HKC Intruder Security System, Hikvision Turbo CCTV System
Tri-cel Waste Water System


Flooring
Italian Smoked Oak Hardwood flooring
Steel bridge

Kitchen/Dining
Fisher Paykel Appliances
Silestone Quartz Kitchen Benchtop
Stovax Firebox

Bathrooms
2 x Arcade Albermarle Baths
Carrara Marble Master Bathroom

Other
Air Flow System
Two acres fully fenced

BER Details

BER: C2

MAP & DIRECTIONS

Violet Hill, Windgate Road, Baily, Howth, County Dublin

CONTACT AGENT

Contacts

Contact name: Gallagher Quigley
Phone: 01 818 3000
Fax: 01 854 0026