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The Old School House, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow

4 Bed

4 Bath

205 m²



  • Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
  • Overall Floor Area: 205 m²
With an abundance of charm and character, this beautiful period home exudes quality and an exquisite eye for detail at every turn. The overall effect creates a sense of timeless, calm solidity and nothing feels out of place. It transports all guests to a different time and most can barely believe that the house was effectively rebuilt just seven years ago. The aim from the beginning was to create a feeling of warmth and comfort for anyone entering the threshold. While fully restored to incorporate the most modern of building methods, no expense has been spared to ensure the integrity and character of the Old School House has been maintained. Originally a coach house dating back to the mid 19thcentury, the building was pared back to its core in 2013 at the start of what was to become a three-year restoration project. The original roof was removed for reasons of safety and replaced using salvaged Blue Bangor slate. A new wood framed structure was built within the thick stone walls and the entire house was insulated achieving a space that looks authentically period but built to the highest standards of modern comfort and convenience. As you drive through the electric iron gates set on elegant pillars, you will notice the old post box in walls constructed of local stone. The landscaped gardens provide the perfect introduction to this special home. With colourful planting, specimen trees and manicured lawns, the front gardens are a joy, surpassed only by the wonderful gardens to the rear - a true gardeners paradise. Enter through the front porch to a large entrance hallway with decorative ceiling and a hung stained-glass panel creating a feature window. The living area is accessed through the coach house s original arched brick portal with door hinges from 150 years ago as decorative features. The main reception room opens out from here, and is truly the heart of this magnificent property. Open plan, this very large room allows for a unique kitchen at one end, superb dining area centrally - with access to the south facing patio - and a tastefully decorated living room with a spectacular man-made Italian stone fireplace. The windows are deep set and can be used to create dramatic effects with candlelight. The large Italian wood burner in the fireplace creates a cosy warmth instantly when the nights start to cool. While currently laid out to allow for three bedrooms - all ensuite, the property was originally designed to provide for a fourth bedroom, which could easily be reinstated. Care and attention has been lavished on this property, from the decorative arched ceilings above, to the handmade stone flooring and skirting throughout the entire house and the old style Italian coloured plasterwork with soft rounded edges. The floors are heated remarkably quickly and are regulated in four main zones. Windows are all A rated pvc for modern convenience with sash windows in the restored part of the house. A modern extension has been carefully added and blends in seamlessly with the original building using high ceilings and soft plasterwork. The detail can be seen right down to the bronze light switches in period style so that nothing jars or feels out of place. The Old School House has been part of the fabric of this historic village for over 100 years. Now this sensitive restoration allows new owners to create their own history in this special home. - Over 200 sq meters of spacious and versatile accommodation - Completely rebuilt and restored over 3 years, led by one of Irelands best restoration experts - A totally unique film set home full of character and warmth - Private, quiet and secure - Electrified gates with intercom to gate - B rated for energy with 3 sources including Solar, Oil and Wood burning - Underfloor heating in 4 zones - Double glazed throughout - Large south westerly suntrap and well planted gardens with two large patios and outside fireplace in period style patio and fireplace have built in lighting for effect at night and power sockets. -Mains Water -State of the art waste water treatment system Entrance Hall The decorative pitched ceiling above, and a stained glass window drawing the eye, this is the perfect introduction to The Old School House. A wide archway, with reclaimed terracotta brick leads you through to the main reception room. Living Room To the right of the open plan reception room, the large comfortable sitting room is home to a magnificent man-made Italian stone fireplace. It was constructed by a conservation specialist trained in Venice and renowned in this area of work. It is finished with reclaimed brick with a large inset solid fuel stove which also serves to heat underfloor and provide hot water. Decorative features abound - from the pair of original church stained-glass leaded windows to the pitched ceiling and tasteful decor - this is a wonderful relaxing space - perfect for cosy winters evenings. Dining area Central to this open plan room is the large dining area. Perfect for entertaining on a grand scale, it is equally suited for both summer and winter evenings. Large French doors lead out directly to the south facing patio and the gardens opening the house up to the wonderful vistas beyond. Kitchen With a mix of arts and crafts/gothic styling and antique cabinetry, this wonderful kitchen combines modern practicality with stunning design details. The unique stone worktops have been crafted using a rare technique and are perfectly complemented by the copper splashback and stone cooker hood. Family Room Bright and spacious, this beautiful living room is tastefully decorated throughout. With a high-pitched ceiling incorporating Velux windows and French doors leading directly to the gardens, the room is flooded with light and is a calming and restful space. Ideal for use as a playroom or tv room, there is also the option to reconfigure this room to allow for a fourth bedroom Guest wc Beautifully tiled and fitted with wc, whb and shower. Bedroom 1 (Master) This wonderful master bedroom exudes opulence, with decorative features in abundance. French doors frame the glorious garden views, while the striking decor and restful colour palette combine to create a beautiful, elegant space. Fitted wardrobe and high ceiling. Ensuite Stylish fittings and modern tiling work together to allow for a tastefully decorated master shower room. Fitted with wc, whb and large shower, Bedroom 2 Reminiscent of a small Tuscan villa, this gorgeous room, with bold colour choice and high ceiling is a true joy. Garden views to the front allow for ample light, while the underfloor heating and polished stone flooring ensure the room is cosy and comfortable at all times. Bathroom Stunning ensuite bathroom with ornate ceiling and antique styling. There is a superb bath, wc and large shower. The sink unit, set within an antique console table, is a wonderful finishing touch and evidence yet again of the attention to detail in this lovely home. Bedroom 3 This bedroom set to the front of the house is entered by double doors with a cheerful colour scheme and garden views to both front and side. It is extremely bright and quiet and has been used as a study with a range of built-in bookshelves in the same style of soft edged and coloured plaster used throughout the house. There is a large built-in wardrobe/storage and the room has been tastefully decorated throughout. Ensuite Perfectly designed to allow for wc, whb and shower - all surrounded by stylish tiling. Integrated Garage Connected to the main house, which would allow for conversion to additional accommodation - subject to planning permission - this large bright room is ready for the new owners to decide the best use for it. Ideal as a home office, gym, storage or additional guest suite, it is plastered, insulated and ready to be used as you wish Gardens A house of this exceptional quality deserves gardens to match - and all who view will certainly not be disappointed. From the first moment you enter, it is immediately apparent that a true gardener has had free rein here. Beautifully kept lawns to the front, with gravel driveway and colourful planting perfectly complement the attractive facade of the property. The gardens to the rear however are a true joy. Laid out over three levels, the centrepiece is the sunken patio and dining area with magnificent outdoor fireplace. Mature trees and stunning planting combine with the antique statuary to transport you to a Mediterranean paradise, while the bird song and complete privacy make it hard to believe you are just moments from the centre of this pretty village.
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