I was excited to be invited to preview a fantastic new development near Kilmacanoge in Co Wicklow. Nestling at the foot of Sugarloaf in the grounds of Avoca Handweavers, Ireland’s most prestigious garden and food store (A foodie’s delight!) is an old coach house, previously owned by the Jameson whiskey family.
The present owners, a local professional couple have refurbished this beautiful building with an abundance of style bringing the modern conveniences we all expect together sympathetically with the historic features of this old building. They have made a long term commitment to this project and will manage the apartments themselves. Any tenants living here will be very well looked after.
There are 3 apartments around a central courtyard, each with a distinctive style.
The first and smallest, has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an open plan kitchen/ dining room with separate utility and a snug living room. The décor reflects the owner’s eye for colour creating a comfortable modern space.
The middle apartment is the largest, it has a fantastic open plan living space spanning the full width of the building. The original walls of the old coach house have been exposed and full height arch windows, which were the original entrances for carriages, provide a view to the central courtyard.
Large full height doors at the rear of the property allow the beautifully landscaped private garden to appear connected with the living space. The light here is exceptional as it enters the building from both sides and casts shadows across the wooden floor from the Georgian style panels.
In the evening, a cozy atmosphere can be created by the cleverly crafted fireplace and open fire. Upstairs, there are 3 comfortable bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
The final apartment provides a wow factor! I gasped when I entered for the first time as this spacious New York loft style apartment is so surprising in this context and exceptionally well presented.
The enormous open plan living / dining / kitchen area has been thoughtfully divided by glass screens to give the option of a cozy space in winter.
Upstairs, a unique bathroom has been created within the turret of the old clock tower. Here, you can shower whilst gazing up at the exposed brink of the inside of the tower and imagine what went on here in times gone by.
This unique development perfectly marries contemporary living with a characterful and carefully restored historic building. Its location provides easy access to the beautiful Wicklow countryside whilst only being 40 min drive to St Stephen’s Green in the centre of Dublin.
Guide Prices : €3,500 – €4,950 per annum,
Contact Local Line for viewings and more information.
Note : Viewings will be conducted directly by the owners.