Trish Dromey looks at a property designed with Georgian looks but all the modern conveniences
Grantstown, Waterford - €695,000
ALTHOUGH it looks every inch as grand and elegant as a Georgian residence, Coolgreany House at Grantstown in Waterford was originally built as an Art Deco bungalow.
The reimagining and reinvention of the property took place in 2005, when the current owners turned a funky, flat roofed 1970s bungalow into a two storey 4,000 sq ft double winged ,classical-style building.
Asking their architect to design a home similar to a Georgian property they had seen in Dublin, the owners had very specific ideas about the shape of the house and the roof.
“ I didn’t want a traditional house — I liked the appearance of a roof with a parapet and a low apex roof. When you look at the house from a distance you can see the roof but it seems to disappear as you get nearer,’’ observes the owner.
In addition to the parapeted roof, the redesign incorporates a Georgian style, fan-lit entrance, tall chimney stacks, a front courtyard and a great many evenly sized and evenly spaced high sash windows On the inside there are 10’ high ceilings with cornicing and plaster roses, window shutters and a number of period style features.
Off the hallway in the main two-storey part of the house is a huge living space with solid cherry wood flooring and an Iranian marble fireplace with pilasters.
Stretching from the front to the kitchen at the rear, this is an elegant and bright room with eight shuttered sash windows and two glass paneled double doors.
Providing space for a grand piano as well as a formal dining area, this room appears perfect for entertaining.
To there rear is a cream and grey kitchen dining room with marble tiled flooring, cream fitted units and an island with Emperador marble counter tops. Alongside the kitchen is a marble-tiled utility room.
In the single storey wing at the side there’s a walnut floored study with pine paneled ceiling, a children’s playroom and a marble tiled bathroom.
To the rear of this section there’s a 330 sq ft double garage — which has sash windows and could, if required,be converted into additional living space.
From the front hallway, a hand-carved staircase leads to the first floor which has three spacious bedrooms and a bathroom.
The master bedroom overlooks the gardens at the front and has a shelved walk-in wardrobe, as well as a marble tiled en suite with a shower. The main bathroom also has a freestanding ceramic bath.
Set on an acre of landscaped grounds, Coolgreany House has an entrance with wrought iron electric gates and a long sweeping cobblelock driveway lined by cast iron lanterns.
Directly in front of the property there’s a huge expanse of lawn bounded by mature trees and hedging.
Courtyards at both front and rear offer space for parking and for sitting out and are bounded by well-planted beds planted with colourful rhododendrons, hydrangea and rose bushes.
To the rear, are more lawns with graveled paths, a circular stone patio and mature trees.
Located off the Williamstown Road, Coolgreaney House is three miles from Waterford city and a mile and a half from the Outer Ring Road.
Seeking offers of €695,000, Conor Purcell of Purcell Properties says this is one of the finest residential properties to come on the market in Waterford in the last number of years.
VERDICT: Period style grandeur with a 21st century comfort level
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