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Dublin: 2°C Thursday 2 December 2021

This picture-perfect Dublin house is fit for a fairytale

Just beautiful.

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WITH ITS YELLOW front door, ivy-covered walls, sea views and stone walls, Abbey Lodge is a treat for the eyes.

This cute three-storey cottage appears dainty on the outside but packs quite a punch on the inside.

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Though completed just 15 years ago, it looks like the type of home that’s long been located on Marino Avenue West in Killiney, Dublin.

That’s because it was designed to harmonise with the nearby Abbey Church, which inspired the name.

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The church dates back to the sixth century, so this is a location with quite a history.

The 233 sq m property has granite and reclaimed brick outside, with sandstone window and door frames, and decorative cast iron in its porchway.

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Inside, there are pitch pine ceiling beams, pillars, roof trusses and lots of other touches which give the appearance that it’s been here far longer than just a decade and a half.

The drawing room has a set of glass doors which open onto balconies, and there’s even a mini bar in this room too. One of the bedrooms (which can be used as a home office) overlooks the abbey itself.

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The conservatory has limestone floors, while the en-suite to the master bedroom has both limestone tiled floors and walls, and a jacuzzi bath.

Then there are the views, which, if you’re in the living room or master bedroom, stretch across Killiney bay to Bray and beyond.

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The side of the house offers a view of the church and its grounds, with Killiney Hill in the background.

It might seem isolated – it’s down a private avenue off Killiney Hill – but Abbey Lodge has its own pedestrian walkway to the DART, so the city isn’t far away.

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It’s also near both the upmarket and picturesque villages of Killiney and Dalkey, with all of the boutiques, bars and restaurants that they have to offer.

But if the new owners tire of this, they have the whole countryside and seaside nearby to explore.

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On a winter’s evening, the gas-fired underfloor heating can be put to use, after a bottle of wine is retrieved from the wine cellar outside. A dream home indeed.

Abbey Lodge in Killiney is on the market through Savills for €1.275 million via Daft.ie

About the author:

Maria Heffernan  / Property supplement

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