The Oaks: a special ‘tree house’

THE steep and wooded valleys of Glanmire are a favourite spot for self-builders and it’s only when you get to the top of a hill that you see the full impact — there are many one-off houses tucked into its mature woodland.

Hidden behind old trees, and partly obscured, The Oaks is one of a few properties on a steep, hilly site at Sallybrook.

On a quiet, country lane off the old Dublin road, this is an unusual house, in that it harks back to the country style of the eighties and nineties. Some of the fixtures and fittings were built by its owner, a master carpenter, and there’s much use of wood, with cottage-style plastering — The Oaks has a down-home, baronial theme.

The entrance foyer has a big, wood-burning stove and there are niches for cast-iron candlesticks above a lovely, slate floor.

The hallway is on two levels, to facilitate the incline of the site, and to provide a break in the open-plan kitchen/diner/living room. The entrance to the living area is off the hallway, but the kitchen and dining room are raised, with a low wall dividing them. Fitted in cream units, with country furniture, this large space faces south over the back garden and has double doors out to a patio, with a rubber-floored, children’s play area. The formal reception room is across the hallway and has high ceilings because of the change in levels: on the upper level of the hallway, there’s a guest bathroom and large double bedroom. The staircase is hand-built and rises up to the second floor, where there are three bedrooms and a master suite. The Oaks has a detached garage at the rear. The house is private with views over the valley. It’s on the market with Don Murphy Auctioneer for €775,000.


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