Gothic three-bed with a nautical twist

This highly individual three-bed property, quirky and unique, is in top class condition, says Trish Dromey.

Designed to appear gothic but decorated to look nautical, this rather remarkable property near Rosslare Harbour village in Wexford has a glass topped round tower as well as three blue boats.

The first boat is moored in a flower bed in the front garden, another can be found on the back patio while the third is located in a sitting room, at the top of the tower, where it serves both as a coffee table and a drinks cabinet.

Building their three-bed detached home in 2000, the owners didn’t want a standard house. 

“I asked the architect for something churchy — he suggested a tower with a spiral staircase and I had the idea of putting a sitting room at the top,’’ says the lady of the house.

Completing the medieval look, the owners built it with lead effect gothic style windows and found appropriate light fittings and furniture to decorate with. 

A few years later they applied to the RTÉ Beyond the Hall Door programme for help in making the master bedroom suitably gothic.

“We were chosen and the interior designer Lisa McNulty used salvaged timber vestry doors from an old church to build a bed and wardrobes. She also replaced the fireplace with a sandstone one.’’

Although they were happy with their gothic style home, the owner says she came to a point four years ago when she became tired of looking at the timberwork and the magnolia walls.

“My husband had worked at sea for 40 years so we said let’s do ‘nautical’. To brighten it, we painted all the walls white and most of the doors blue,’’ she says adding that she also introduced some pink, purple and yellow in a few of the rooms and also in the gardens.

Unconventional in layout as well as style, the property has the bedrooms at the front while the main living areas are at the rear.

Behind the triple arched front window is the master bedroom where the timber furniture put in by the Behind the Hall Door crew has now been painted blue and white. 

The sandstone fireplace has also been painted white while the freestanding bath in the en suite bathroom is now blue to match the doors.

At the back, is an extra large living/dining room with a high vaulted ceiling and a cast iron fireplace on a blue chimney breast. 

There’s also a kitchen with white gloss units, a blue cupboard and some nautical knick knacks. Other rooms include a small utility, two other bedrooms and a shower room.

In the nautically accessorised hallway, is a wrought iron and teak staircase leading up to the first floor sitting room. 

Overhung by a small chandelier, this has gothic style windows and as its centre piece, a specially made blue boat with a concealed drinks cabinet.

The nautical theme has also been carried out in to the gardens. 

“We took out the plants in the back garden and put down gravel to make it easier to maintain and we also took out the plants in the front flower bed and put in a boat.” 

Purchasing the boat from a local man selling it in his garden, they painted and planted it, later giving the same treatment to an old Canadian canoe. 

Set on a site of three quarters of an acre, the house has a large expanse of lawned garden at the front and a gravelled patio at the back which is designed to provide the owners with all year round colour.

“We put in the blue canoe and planted it with purple agapanthus and also painted an ESB cable reel pink, purple, blue and yellow and made it into a table,” says the owner who painted the shed and the garden chairs in similar colours and planted numerous pink and blue flower pots.

Situated at Ballyconnor Little, the property is located within a few kilometres from Rosslare Harbour Village and nearby beaches and is a 20 minute drive from Wexford town.

Seeking offer of €399,000 selling agents Keane auctioneers describe it as a quirky and unique property.

“It’s in top-class condition and is in a highly sought after location,’’ says auctioneer Edel Keane.

VERDICT: Gothic with a nautical twist – highly individual.

Location: Kilrane, Wexford

Guide price: €399,000

Size: Sq m 170 (1,830 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2


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