House of the Day: Thistledown, Newtownmountkennedy
Today’s House of the Day is this stunning 5 to 7 bedroom property in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, just minutes from the thriving town of Newtownmountkennedy and the N11. On the market with Churches Estate Agents at €549,950 you get a lot of property even for that price (see more on Churches.ie here).
Country style but with City Mod-Cons
Despite it’s rural setting, this property hides it’s high-specification finish. Extended and comprehensively refurbished just 7 years ago, the house now what state-of-the-art systems. The main living room has built in entertainment units and sound system connected through the walls.
The kitchen is new but in a country style in keeping with the house and it’s setting. It features all integrated appliances including american-style fridge-freezer, plus breakfast bar and room for a large family dining table. Double doors lead out onto the garden.
The kitchen also has a utility room to the side with washing machine and dryer plus controls for this high-tech house (more below).
Three Upstairs Bedrooms… all ensuite
Moving upstairs leads us to a high, lofty and spacious first floor with three bedrooms. The master bedroom suite is one half of the floor and must be close to 700 sq ft in itself. Includes room for a king sized bed, extensive walk-in wardrobes and a tastefully decorated shower room ensuite.
The remaining two bedrooms are both large enough for doubles, include shower room ensuites and generous built-in wardrobes. All have fantastic views of the mountains.
The second wing of the house…
Heading back downstairs there is a whole second half of the ground floor we have yet to explore. Four more rooms and a bathroom make up the remainder of this level. The accommodation is currently arranged as a double guest room, a twin guest room, a playroom just across the hall from the family sitting room and finally a spacious and well-appointed gym.
These rooms could be used for up to provide up to 7 bedrooms for a large family; or office, study, or other accommodation. The layout would also potentially suit a B&B as this half of the house can be easily divided and allow privacy between family and guests.
What is most remarkable about this property is the level of finish and the quality of the systems involved with its renovation. Top of the line systems have been installed to create a highly energy efficient home. It has achieved a BER B3 Rating, remarkable for such a large dormer bungalow in the countryside. This is due to some of the systems and materials used, including:
- Solar panel array which provide heat for both heating and hot water;
- Efficient kerosene boiler;
- Smart plumbing systems that use any hot water efficiently e.g. washing machines can use hot water from tank, solar panels or heat its own when required;
- Fully insulated with best in class materials;
- Thermostatic controls in every room so each radiator can be individually controlled;
- Bio-cycle waste water treatment sufficient for 12-person household;
- Wired smoke alarms thoughout (no more dead batteries);
- Electricity usage display, so you can track how much is being used in real time;
- Pressured water for bathrooms/showers and filtration system in kitchen.
This house really has everything and more than you would expect for a property like this in the country. This makes living the country life with a large house far for manageable without costing the earth.
Gardens and the View
The final piece de resistance has to be the views. Uninterrupted views from the rear of the house of the stunning Wicklow scenery and even more from the upper floors to both front and back of the property.
The house is situated on a quiet road with a handful of neighbours so you are not completely isolated but can enjoy the countryside. The property is just a short drive or healthy walk into Newtownmountkennedy, a pretty little town with a Dunnes stores and other amenities. The N11 is just 5 minutes drive away and you can be in South Dublin in about 35 minutes.
A family looking for more space and value for money, probably leaving Dublin for the country air and lifestyle. It would even work for commuters, within striking distance of Dublin without much hassle. The area has good schools and amenities – and you can’t dispute the beauty of the scenery.