Now now not surprisingly, Cairness, a aged rectory on Church Aspect freeway in Bray, is listed within the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage where it’s miles well known as “a successfully preserved unhurried Victorian home which displays early hallmarks of the arts and crafts vogue”.
And that’s for the fair exterior with its quartz stone and granite dressings, including stone mullions on quite quite a bit of of the now expertly restored sash residence windows, the Tudor arches and the gabled half dormers within the pitched blue-dark slate roof.
The property, which is determined help from the avenue on one acre slack a show of timber, used to be in-built 1878 for the rector of Christ Church across the avenue from his church which had been accomplished about 10 years sooner than. The busy architectural agency of Millar and Symes in Dublin were commissioned and the rectory used to be built at a cost of £2,800, doubtlessly donated by parishioners.
Its proprietor, Emer, had long admired the home from afar when she sold Cairness about 14 years ago. She then feature about renovating the rambling rectory to restore, modernise and lengthen the property to compose a elated household residence of apparent substance and a gigantic deal of vogue.
A signal of the usual of the work undertaken for the length of – to boot to the appreciable funds spent – is the glazed, timber-framed 50sq m (540sq toes) wraparound extension to the facet and rear. An ethereal intellectual manufacture, designed to be harking help to a Victorian orangerie, it made space for a conservatory-sort seating home opening out to a sunny patio at one discontinue and into the kitchen at the opposite.
That work introduced the home to 498sq m (5,360sq toes). John Daly used to be commissioned to assemble and manufacture the kitchen objects in accurate wooden with marble worktops where the assemble is a splendid blend of nation and contemporary and comprises a immense island unit.
Continuing the mix of passe and recent, the residence equipment fluctuate from a cream six-oven electrical Aga with a four-gasoline accomplice hob to a bank of stainless-steel larder fridges. There used to be already a sizeable kitchen within the home however that has been transformed into a immense stroll-through larder – all all over again fully fitted with John Daly bespoke cabinetry to match the kitchen. It’s all very orderly. He moreover fitted out the adjoining utility room.
There are two staircases within the home – now now not uncommon in huge Victorian houses – and each and each had been retained. The rear one, a modest flight of stairs, leads as much as a room within the initiate veteran for Sunday college however is now the first of the home’s five double bedrooms. Three are en suite and two part a household lavatory.
The main bed room, with views across the treetops to the church spire, is a suite; its dressingroom fitted with bespoke cupboards, shelving and wardrobes made by mastercraftsman Dave Prickett.
The main staircase is a noteworthy grander affair with huge roof lights throwing daylight down to the hallway a ways below – in houses of this era it’s all about bringing light in.
The porch entrance with its feature of licensed panelled double doors opens into an encaustic-floored foyer after which into the predominant hall. The first room – once the rectors’ space of job – is now a formal diningroom though Emer says that if she had her time all all over again it’d be a relaxed library.
She does contain a residence space of job though and there are two livingrooms, a grander one, and one that’s doubtlessly most veteran as it opens into the extension. While the lavatories are extremely standard as is the refined security intention, ornamental wallpaper in quite quite a bit of rooms and solid-iron radiators for the length of nod to the Victorian expertise.
The gardens were laid out and now maintained weekly by SAP landscapers and are divided into sections, the most inserting – and romantic – being the lavender and field hedge formal parterre. There’s no disaster that the household pet will disturb any of the plush planting as slack the composed storage there’s a motive built dogs elope.
Now that the childhood contain grown and left residence, the proprietor is promoting – though she’s animated to prevent in Bray which she finds convenient for the shuttle to work in Dublin and full of facilities and products and services – one thing the household contain enjoyed since they moved to Cairness from a more rural a part of Wicklow.
Knight Frank is the agent promoting Cairness, asking €2.85 million.