*For sale via digital auction on 30/06/2021. Visit https://central.dngauctions.ie/lot/details/45555 for more information. There is a disclosed reserve of 1.5m*
DNG are honoured to offer this truly beautifully restored late Georgian Portobello Home to the market. No 29 sits with pride and grace on the westerly side of this tree lined street, one of the most desirable addresses in Portobello. No 29 is a luxurious home of approx. 1,940 square feet (including the Barn Suite), with handsome proportions throughout having been sympathetically restored to the highest standards.
The original house dating from the 1830s demonstrates the traditional period between Georgian restraint and Victorian adornment. You are immediately greeted by its beautifully restored brick and stone façade and pink and blue bangor slates used for its roof replacement. It has been sympathetically restored using sustainable or recyclable materials wherever possible. The house is without doubt one of the most wonderfully presented homes to come on the market in Portobello in recent times. The care taken by the current owner has resulted in the creation of a captivating and exemplary finish to both the exterior, interior and magnificent gardens. To its proud and deserving credit this home was a finalist in the RTE Home of The Year 2021 and has featured in many Interior and Home Magazine publications.
Portobello is perhaps the countrys best-known hubs for artistic and cultural Dublin. The list of luminaries associated with Portobello is quite extraordinary. It includes some of the great names of Irish letters, including George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce and Brendan Behan; some of Irelands best known actors, artists, directors, sculptors, dress makers and painters, among them Barry Fitzgerald and Jack B Yeats. James Joyce and George Bernard shaw are both believed to be conceived in Portobello. James Joyce certainly doesnt forget Portobello in Ulyses he mentions the area a few times. Another famous writer Cornelius Ryan was also born on Heytesbury Street. He became a journalist and author best known for his writings on popular military history, especially his best-selling world war books The Longest Day 1959, The Last Battle 1966, and A Bridge Too Far 1974 which were subsequently made into hugely popular films.
Number 29 was constructed as an infill in the 1830s which allowed it to enjoy a private entrance gate which forms part of the restored railings around the house which sit on a bed of granite. The front garden is magnificently manicured with exotic plants, spiked lighting, granite stones and its number 29 uniquely identified on a piece of granite. A flight of 7 granite steps leads you to the magnificent Shocking Pink Door or you can descend to the lower entrance green door, both doors complimented with Copper lantern façade lights. The original front door had been replaced by previous owners so the present owner as a labour of love restored every detail to match the original door, corbils, the copper jam ceiling, the fan light window, original door accessories and even an original working box lock. Once you pass through the main door you will continue to be impressed with the hallways treble arch, 11ft ceilings and measuring 34 ftin length. The restoration worked can truly be seen in this space with the owner saving as much of the original plaster work, motifs and timber as possible and getting 1000s of motifs made to fully restore the upper floor of the period home. A gold-plated cast-iron radiator compliments the architectural grandeur of the hallway. The original floorboards were salvaged, and matching replacements sourced, secured and beautiful restored and polished. A beautiful entertaining space on a grand scale!
"When one door closes another door opens but, all too often there is a long hallway in between."
Off the fine hallway you will find 4 doors with multifunctional uses. The present owner has them laid out as:
Principal reception room with its original restored Georgian panel door, lock and keys. Wide plank original floorboards. It also has its original working Italian Carrara marble fireplace. The marble at this time in the 1830s came from Northern Tuscany a town called Carrara. Restored today but, with its smoke imperfections, beautifully showing its authenticity and age. The original window box and shutters have been restored and replacement double glazed 6/6 sash windows adorn light into this beautiful room. The coving, centre rose, and picture rail have been restored to absolute perfection!
A piece of Italy in this Impressive Irish Georgian Reception Room
Master Bedroom This room is pure luxury and has been described as a luxury Parisienne Bedroom and is sure to make you swoon. Its got more than a touch of elegance and whimsy. It is a match to the front reception room in its original layout carrying the beautiful original wide plank flooring, coving, centre rose, picture rail, west facing Georgian sash window, original window box and shutters with Juliet flower balcony to bring a Mediterranean feel! The original Porcelain Stone fireplace is restored and functioning. On both sides of the fireplace are a pair of handsome bespoke handmade and hand painted in Farrow and Ball French Gray wardrobes from the Victorian Kitchen Company.
"Une Chambre parfait pour la romance"
An adjacent suite/wet room serves this floor and bedrooms with a stunning pumped rain shower with sky views through a roof window. The walls are fitted with blue London Metro tiles and 2 in 1 space saver toilet and sink. A beautiful original door with panelled stained glass allows access and bounces wonderful colours into the hallway.
Pleasantly, while you shower, the sunshine gushes down.
Bedroom a further bright double bedroom sits in the annex with its restored Georgian panelled door, wide plank floorboards, original porcelain stone fireplace and cute Georgian panel sash window with views to the garden. Access through a release hatch for attic storage.
"All I ask is you treat me no differently than the queen!"
A stunning restored staircase wraps from the hallway to the garden level of the house. Beautifully French polished original mahogany handrail with steps that show signs of its 200-year history and ornate double spindles per step.
"You are one step away from a different life."
As you descend the steps to the garden level you will be met by floor to ceiling bespoke French Style Georgian doors painted in Farrow and Ball Rectory Red. You will notice the unusual floor to ceiling height of 9ft continuing the grandeur associated with this house. These striking doors lead you to a spectacular Kitchen/Dinning/Entertainment space encompassing the width of the garden level of the house. The Kitchen itself was a bespoke design from The Victorian Kitchen Company with the design fitting for a house of this era. Its a wood kitchen, handmade and painted in Farrow and Ball Rectory Red and Lamp Room Gray. It incorporates cabinet style units, open shelving, presses, drawers, wine rack and a spectacular pantry style double press incorporating a beautiful Belfast sink built around Marble work top with integrated hob. A Miele dish washer is integrated and a stainless-steel Fisher Packell Fridge Freezer. A bespoke handmade mobile butcher block board provides additional support preparing, serving and moving your delicious food in the kitchen. Perhaps the Piece De Resistance of this space is the incredible AGA(included in sale) and the space that the owner salvaged with the amazing use of both Granite and Brick in housing it. It truly is an architectural gem. The flooring is reclaimed oak herringbone from a church in Belfast and so fitting for the era of this house. Two Georgian sash panel windows, with working shutters, allow light to flow into this space and allow incredible views from inside to admire the stunning plant space to the front and the street. A customised coving frames this space beautifully. A door leads from the front to the garden for easy access. All plumbing/boiler/water is neatly fitted under the steps.
"The kitchen is the heart of every home, and a place where friends and family gather together."
Step outside the kitchen to the garden level hallway and you will step on the original reclaimed flagstones. Very clever under stairs storage has been created to house the Miele appliances Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer (Included in sale). The colours from the kitchen are carried in the soft close drawer units. An ash timber top adds a warmth the finish.
Another Bedroom is located off the garden hallway. The door and lock are a reclaimed Georgian panel door. The flooring is reclaimed oak herringbone. The fireplace is a restored porcelain stone. The beautiful Georgian sash window with its original window box and shutters frame a picture-perfect view to the garden. A customised coving was created to frame the room. Bespoke timber wardrobe units were handmade and painted by the Victorian Kitchen Company.
"Une belle chambre avec vue sur le jardin"
At the end of the hallway, you will find a luxurious theatrical themed bathroom. A large, pumped rain shower cubicle along with a wall mounted chain WC. A stunning cream painted and parcel gilt double copper sink and tap unit with over mantle oval mirror and tons of storage sits centre stage in the bathroom on the beautiful reclaimed oak flooring. A decorative timber panelling runs around the bathroom. A customised coving frames the room, and its original cast iron fireplace sits proudly in the room. Its Georgian sash window and shutters ensure you remember you are in a Georgian home. A gold-plated cast-iron radiator adds more than a touch of architectural class to this room. The restored Georgian panel door has a box lock with working keys.
"Sur de vous couper le souffle"
Step out to the hall again and you will find a very fitting half door which allow access to the South West facing garden. Its only on exceedingly rare occasions would we dream to mention a second Piece de Resistance but, this incredible home garden is truly deserving of this title. Designed by its owner its an amazing space and hard to imagine you are in central Dublin with its tranquil and architectural feel. The original stone walls that framed both the garden and the back of the house were restored and re pointed. The garden was divided into sections to avail of the sunshine at different times of the day East, South and West with 3 distinctive seating areas. Street cobble and Indian sandstone separate the areas. You have a distinct flower area, 2 green grass areas, many container plants. A garden purpose-built pergola arches a passion fruit climber to create a Mediterranean feel. An abundance of plants to include Tree ferns, Bamboos, Carolina Sweetheart, Magnolia, Apple Tree, Roses etc create without doubt an Inside/Outside Connection with this home and The Barn Suite
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
At the end of the garden the Barn Suite was creatively refurbished to create a multi-functional studio space for home working, guest visiting, playroom, storage etc. It is a complimentary contrast to the original house while retaining its original structure when built 50 years ago. Internally its laid out as a home office with wonderful tranquil views of the garden. Reclaimed oak flooring, barn style plaster work, sloping ceiling, latch style barn doors add to the character and ambience. A reclaimed barn style door slides seamlessly into the wall to another room laid out as a guest bedroom with en suite shower. Glass Bricks in both rooms bring more than a dash of the rainbow from the westerly sun in the evening. The ensuite shower room is fitted out to create another Wow with its rain shower, wall mounted toilet, towel rail and free-standing sink unit. The original steel RSJ was left exposed and painted in Farrow and Ball Pelt. Part of the space is still used for very necessary storage and the door from here opens out to a Secret communal west facing garden used by the residents that have locked gated access to the back. The owner plants and array of fruit, vegetable and herbs in this tranquil space await new owners to enjoy.
"Une belle residence de ville depoque a Dublin"
1, 940 sq feet approx
Sympathetically restored and meticulously upgraded with wonderful attention to detail while always protecting the original fabric of the house.
A fine example of true restoration
Almost all the original features were restored, retained or replaced with appropriate replacements.
A property oozing in charm from arriving at the front right through to the secret garden.
Breathable insulation used on external walls.
Perfect South East Front to South West Back aspect
Monitored Burglar Alarm
Zoned Heating with Cast Iron Radiators
High Ceilings throughout
Within 10 minutes walking distance of St Stephens Green
Luas and Bus services within a short walk
On street resident parking (Up to 3 cars) and visitor parking
Some of the best restaurants, cafes, bakeries, artisan shops, schools, colleges hotels, gyms shops serve the portobello area and a short walk around the area will give you a feel for the services so close to your doorstep.
Great storage options throughout.
Entrance Hallway 4.05m x 1.76m.
Front Reception Room 4.05m x 4.40m.
Master Bedroom 4.35m x 4.40m.
Wet Room 2.58m x 1.22m.
Bedroom 2 3.50m x 2.86m.
Kitchen/Dining Area 3.90m x 6.16m.
Bedroom 3 4.35m x 4.30m.
Bathroom 3.38m x 2.86m.
Barn Suite Office/Study Area 2.60m x 3.08m.
Barn Suite Guest Bedroom Area 5.03m x 2.83m.
Barn Suite En Suite 2.33m x 1.22m.
Traveling east on the South Circular Road take a left at the junction of SCR/Heytesbury Street/Stamer Street/Harrington Street on to Heytesbury Street. No.29 will be on your left hand side.