- Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
- Overall Floor Area: 175 m²
The Battery is an iconic Georgian military building steeped in history, it was built circa 1800 in preparation to defend against Napoleon’s French Fleet. At this time there were 74 towers built around Ireland, mainly concentrated in the south and east and many such as the tower at Sandycove were attached to a battery or fort. The property stands on approximately 0.4 acre of immensely private grounds and offers breath-taking panoramic 270Â° views to Dun Laoghaire Pier, Howth, the Forty Foot and beyond. It has been in the same ownership since 1955 and now offers the discerning purchaser a unique opportunity to acquire a landmark property in the heart of Sandycove, one of South County Dublin’s most popular coastal suburbs.
There is dual access to the house with vehicular gates to the Forty Foot side and a pedestrian gate to the Sandycove Beach end. To the front, there is off-street parking for a few cars and a pathway leads up to the front door from the pedestrian gate, the garden is filled with mature planting and echiums, making it very private. Internally, the accommodation extends to approximately 175 sq.m. (1,884 sq.ft.) and briefly comprises of a covered courtyard entrance area which opens out to a secluded raised patio which faces due south. Steps lead down to further ancillary buildings at a lower level, including the Guard Room and Master Gunner’s Store.
On entering the house, you are welcomed by a living/dining room, off which there is a dual aspect drawing room with a conservatory that was added at a later stage. There is access from the living/dining room out into the semi-circular lookout area which is laid out in grass with a large granite outcrop to the centre. High granite walls hug the perimeter, granting complete privacy, while still retaining unrivalled panoramic 270 degree views to Dun Laoghaire Pier, Howth, the Forty Foot and beyond. There is a raised platform area to The Forty Foot side, an ideal spot for an evening drink. Off the living/dining room, there is a hallway where there are three bedrooms, one of which has a mezzanine level and en suite shower room. The main bathroom is in the original vaulted, Napoleonic era gunpowder room. Finally, there is a functional galley style kitchen/breakfast room and off this there is a second dining or family room, completing the internal accommodation.
In Peter Pearson’s book documenting the architectural history of the area: Between the Mountains and the Sea, he says “It is safe to say that the Martello Tower at Sandycove Point is the most famous of all such towers because of the brief residence there of James Joyce and the battery or fort which forms the massive cut stone bulwark between the once-sacred ‘men only’ territory of the Forty Foot and the general public, was erected shortly after the construction of the Martello Tower. It occupies much of the rocky outcrop which comprises Sandycove Point and in fact the granite bedrock rises up through the fort to form its highest point. The Kirkwood engraving shows a tall flag staff or mast with stays rising from the centre of the battery. During the second world war an anti-aircraft gun and a search light were installed at the Sandycove Battery, and the gun was used towards the end of the emergency in 1945. The buildings at the property included a guard room, the master gunners store, a vaulted powder room and the soldier’s quarters which form the main part of the old house … All these structures, including the semi-circular walls of the battery itself were built of the finest hewn granite and maintain a quality of complete timelessness. The main function of the Martello Tower and The Battery was to resist a naval attack; as it happened the tower and batteries had an uneventful history and never saw any military action.”
Sandycove Point is one of the most scenic locations in South County Dublin with an abundance of natural beauty on its doorstep. The Battery is surrounded by many other buildings of architectural interest to include the James Joyce Tower and Geragh, the iconic Michael Scott home built in 1937. Sandycove and Glasthule villages offer a huge array of services and shops to include Cavistons, 64 Wine, Hatch Coffee and The Punnet together with many excellent restaurants and pubs including Fitzgeralds. Sandycove and the surrounding coastline is an area of great natural beauty with many scenic walks and swimming spots including the Forty Foot on your doorstep. There is an excellent selection of public transport links to include the DART, a bus route and the Aircoach, providing a direct link with Dublin Airport. This area is very popular with families, artists, musicians, and writers because of everything it offers.
Courtyard (7.10m x 3.50m )with cobbled granite floor, Viessmann gas-fired central heating boiler, door to storage cupboard, single glazed sliding door that opens out to the roof terrace and door to
Entrance/Vestibule (2.00m x 1.50m )cloak hanging area either side with storage cupboards over, polished stone floor and glazed door opening into the
Living Room (6.20m x 4.20m )with tiled floor, built-in storage unit, door out to The Battery lookout, door to inner lobby and door opening into the
Drawing Room (6.00m x 3.90m )dual aspect multi-paned sliding sash with shutters, open fireplace with marble surround, vaulted ceiling, views over Sandycove and French doors opening into the
Conservatory (4.20m x 2.90m )with concrete screed floor, overlooking The Battery lookout with stunning views across to Howth, Scotsman's Bay, Dun Laoghaire Harbour and beyond
Inner Lobby (2.30m x 1.30m )with chequered quarry tiled floor and further storage
Kitchen/Breakfast Room (5.10m x 2.80m )with a range of fitted units, stainless steel sink, shelving, larder storage, space for standalone gas cooker with extractor over, digital heating and water controls, Miele dishwasher, Hotpoint fridge/freezer and rooflight
Lobby with fitted storage, dual immersion unit and door to
Dining Room (5.00m x 3.90m )with dual aspect multi-paned sliding sash windows, hatch to the kitchen, fireplace with gas fire inset and vaulted ceiling
Bedroom 1 (5.10m x 3.70m )with timber floor, fitted shelving and cupboards, box bay with window seat (1m x 1.5m) with views out to sea with The Kish lighthouse in the distance, beamed vaulted ceiling, timber ladder up to a mezzanine level and door to en suite
Mezzanine Level (3.00m x 2.70m )with fitted shelving and storage
En Suite Shower Room/Workshop (2.80m x 2.00m )with w.c., step in shower, worktops, fitted shelving and multi-paned sliding sash window to the front
Family Bathroom with cast iron bath, shower attachment, pedestal wash hand basin, w.c., extractor, fitted storage and wall mounted heater
Bedroom 2 (3.30m x 2.30m )with window overlooking the Battery and Dun Laoghaire harbour
Bedroom 3 (3.80m x 3.70m )with timber panelling, vaulted timber-clad ceiling and overlooks the Battery and Sandycove Point down to the Muglins
The Battery stands on approximately 0.4 acre of immensely private grounds nestled between The Forty Foot and Sandycove Beach. There is pedestrian and vehicular access from Sandycove Point and there is off-street parking. A pathway leads up to the front door from the pedestrian gate, and the garden is filled with mature planting and echiums, making it very private. There is a secluded raised patio/sun terrace which faces due south, accessible from the inner courtyard, steps lead down to further ancillary buildings at a lower level, including the Guard Room and Master Gunner’s Store. There is access from the living/dining room out into the circular lookout area which measures approximately 30m in diameter, it is laid out in grass with a large granite outcrop to the centre, high granite walls hug the perimeter giving great privacy while still retaining unrivalled panoramic 270? views to Dun Laoghaire Pier, Howth, the Forty Foot and beyond.
GUARD ROOM: 4.9m x 3m (16'1" x 9'10") with slate pitched roof and bordered by cut granite stone walls
MASTER GUNNER’S STORE: 2.2m x 4.4m (7'3" x 14'5")
POTTING SHED: 2.5m x 1.5m (8'2" x 4'11")
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