Light and space combine to ultimate effect in outstanding Greystones family home





For designers and homemakers alike it is the holy grail of property. Seldom however, have light and space been combined to such imaginative effect as at Donard, an exceptionally large, bungalow set on half an acre at Manor Avenue in the leafy Burnaby area of Greystones, Co. Wicklow, which is new to the market at €1.2 million with selling agents Dooley Auctioneers.

Lovingly maintained throughout, current owners Adrian and Jacqueline Neville have enhanced the original property with a supremely well-executed conversion that has created a truly breathtaking living and lifestyle space at the heart of this beautifully presented family home.

Designed, built and finished in complete sympathy with the property’s original character, the result is an exceptionally large (over 750 sq ft) kitchen/dining/living area flooded with light streaming through an atrium style pitched glass roof, seamlessly integrated into the original structure.

A cosy lounge provides the perfect setting for a den or TV room, while a more formal drawing room is a great space for entertaining. Also on the ground floor are two well-fitted bathrooms, an additional wc and three tastefully decorated bedrooms, all with generous storage space. The first floor features substantial further living space, with three additional rooms suitable for a wide variety of purposes, from sleeping and storage to office work and study.

Outside, there are large gardens both to the front and rear of the property, well stocked with fine specimen plants and bordered at the back by an array of mature flowering trees that create a woodland world of peace, seclusion and privacy. It’s the perfect place to sip a morning coffee on the patio, enjoy an evening barbecue with friends on the deck, pick strawberries from the vegetable and fruit garden, or simply potter about tending to flowers on a warm summer’s day, while the children enjoy ample space to run around and play.

The property is provided with a host of features including a comprehensive range of high spec modern kitchen fittings and appliances, including a large island unit, gas hob and wood pellet burning stove. The property is fitted with Rationel timber framed windows at the front and extension, and white uPVC in the remainder of the house. Other points of note include gas-fired central heating, predominantly timber or tiled floors (drawing room and one room upstairs carpeted), extensive storage space throughout the house and tasteful décor with a soft pastel palette to emphasise the abundant natural light. The BER rating is D1.

Outside, privacy and seclusion are assured thanks to large, well-maintained front and rear gardens extending over the half-acre site. Outdoor features include a vegetable/fruit garden and apple trees, patios to front and back, and a deck area off kitchen/living area with retractable canopy that is ideal for barbecues. A notable feature of the back garden is a series mature trees, which create a peaceful woodland feel. There are also extensive lawns, flowering shrubs and planting areas containing many fine specimen plants and trees

Donard’s location is ideal for raising a young family, thanks to its quiet, safe position tucked away in the mature and leafy Burnaby area of Greystones. It’s just a short walk from a wide variety of sports and leisure facilities including the Shoreline Leisure Centre, rugby club, GAA, tennis and swimming pool, and close to the marina, sailing club, an excellent choice of schools and all the shops, cafés, restaurants and amenities of the town. Commuting to Dublin couldn’t be easier thanks to the close proximity of the N11 and Greystones DART station, while the Aircoach provides a direct link to Dublin airport.

For further information, contact Dooley Auctioneers. Tel: 01 20 10 300