43 Sandford Terrace, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
- Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
- Overall Floor Area: 446 m²
43 Sandford Terrace, Ranelagh, is an exquisite Georgian house, dating from approximately 1829, correct in every classical detail, and positioned in the most delightful almost rustic setting, behind the bustling Sandford Road in the heart of Ranelagh. The house is part of an enclave of seven Georgian houses that contributes to Ranelagh s rich architectural heritage. It was not until 1933 that this row of houses formally became part of Sandford Road; however, in recent years the row has, once again, become known as Sandford Terrace. For approximately the first century of its existence, No. 43, like many houses of its period, was rented out. The house, for some of this time, was owned by Trinity College, Dublin. In 1920 they sold the property and since then, in its second 100 years, just 5 families have lived in this beautiful home. Already steeped in architectural provenance, No. 43 emerged onto the national stage in 1990 because it was from this house, which had been her family home for the previous 7 years, that the barrister and human rights activist, Mary Robinson, launched her successful campaign to become President of Ireland. The current owners purchased the house in 1991 from Mary Robinson and her husband Nicholas, who themselves had purchased it in 1982. No. 43 is one of the most substantial houses on the terrace measuring approx. 4,800sqft/446sqm (to include the stables area). The house stands on approximately 0.3 acre with exquisite gardens enjoying a south west facing aspect to the rear. This impressive two storey over garden level residence is an elegant family home with a versatile layout. In recent years, the current owners have transformed the original drawing room, to the rear of the hall level, into a family kitchen/dining room. There are a further two gracious reception rooms at this level along with a butler s pantry and guest w.c. On the top floor there are four generous double bedrooms, with the main bedroom enjoying dual aspect views over both the front and rear gardens, and boasting an extensive and stylish en suite bathroom. The garden level is currently used as separate family accommodation for multi-generational living. It provides a myriad of potential uses to include a work from home space, au pair or guest quarters. One of the finest features of this wonderful house are the glorious gardens. These gardens were significantly improved by Jerry & Maud Perry, who lived in the house in the middle of the 20th century and they have been further developed and cultivated by the current owners. To the front, raised beds abound with colourful spring bulbs, trees and shrubs, and a large gravelled driveway provides secure off-street parking for several cars. The rear gardens are bordered by cut stone walls providing an oasis of privacy and peace. There is a large patio area leading onto a manicured rolling lawn bordered by lovingly planted shrubs and trees providing an array of colour for year-round interest. A vegetable garden with three raised beds provides the opportunity for home-grown produce. The rear garden is split in two by tall yew hedges. A pretty summer house sits in the midst of a meandering pathway with a further array of plants and trees. This is a generously proportioned unique home exuding all the charm and character of the late Georgian period. The current owners have fused the old and the new to create a spectacular family home. Entrance Hall Wonderfully bright entrance hallway with ornate fanlight over the front door, original wide plank flooring, ceiling coving, ceiling rose and large sash window, feature archway and step leading to: Kitchen/ Dining Room Undoubtedly one of the most gracious rooms of any house in Dublin 6, what was formerly the drawing room has been transformed into a family-friendly kitchen/dining room with stunning views over the rear gardens. Wide plank original floors, decorative ceiling coving and rose, two large sash windows look out onto a balcony from where one can survey the enchanting gardens. Outstanding period mantlepiece with inset coal effect gas fire and ornate over mantle mirror. Fully integrated Bulthaup kitchen with Siemens double oven, 6-ring gas hob, fridge, freezer, central island with sink unit and two integrated dishwashers. Study Overlooking the rear garden, with door and steps down to the garden. Fitted with extensive bespoke bookshelves, ceiling coving and rose, open fireplace with cast iron inset and hearth, and marble mantlepiece. Drawing Room This elegant reception room is located to the front of house with lovely views from two large sash windows overlooking the front garden. Ceiling rose and coving, open fireplace with marble surround. Bulters Pantry With a range of wall and base units with beech worktop incorporating a Belfast sink unit. Plumbed for a washer/dryer. Sash window overlooks front garden. Cloak room into guest w.c. Tiled floor with Dockerall wash hand basin and w.c. with original wooden toilet seat. Two sash windows. First Floor Large landing with feature archway and ceiling coving. Bedroom 1 Large double room located at the front of the house with wooden floors, recessed lighting, fitted shelving and open fireplace with slate hearth. Sash window. Bedroom 2 Double bedroom overlooking the front garden with open fireplace with marble surround and slate hearth. Two sash windows. Bedroom 3 Originally two rooms this was opened up to create a large double bedroom enjoying wonderful views over the rear garden through two sash windows. Ceiling coving and fitted wardrobes. Shower Room Fully tiled with wc, wash hand basin and walk in shower cubicle, recessed lighting and sash window. The landing leads up a set of stairs to: Main Bedroom Elegant principal bedroom enjoying a dual aspect with views over both the front and rear gardens. The open fireplace is flanked by fitted wardrobes providing excellent storage. Ceiling coving. Ensuite Bathroom Exquisite bathroom with tiled floors, part-tiled walls and free standing bath with clawed feet, double sink units, bidet, walk-in shower cubicle, w.c. Vaulted ceiling with coving and recessed lighting. Two sash windows providing excellent natural light. Garden Level The garden level enjoys separate outside access from the front courtyard. Sandstone tiled entrance hall with storage room and door leading up to the main house. Utility Room With tiled floor and fitted storage, stainless steel sink unit and plumbed for washing machine and dryer. Bathroom Tiled floor with walk-in shower cubicle, heated towel rail, wash hand basin, w.c. and recessed lighting. Bedroom Large double room overlooking the front of the house with fitted wardrobes, storage and recessed lighting. Kitchen / Living Room Cosy reception room with open cast-iron fireplace flanked by fitted shelving, fully fitted kitchen with original Aga, central island and sink unit. Door leading to rear garden. The inner cobbled courtyard also leads to the stables area, where three of the original stalls remain, along with the saddle room and wine cellar. This area provides excellent garden storage and gives the property a real sense of its connection with a rustic past.
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