Nestled within the serene embrace of Glencree Valley, this remarkable 219 sqm/2,357 sq.ft detached house with 20 sqm garage stands as a testament to timeless charm and modern comfort. Secluded behind secure electric gates on a sprawling ¾ acre expanse of maturely planted and landscaped grounds, this residence presents an idyllic retreat. With panoramic vistas of the two Sugarloafs, Mount Maulin, and the picturesque countryside, every glance out of its windows offers a memory to cherish. Originally built in 1969, the house carries the name "Ganymede" as a homage to the moon landing, coinciding with the owners' move-in. Over the years, several extensions have been added, the most recent being a meticulously designed second storey in 1987.
The interior of the house boasts an expansive kitchen and a living/dining room at one end, mirrored by another living room and kitchenette at the opposite side, complete with its own entrance – an arrangement ideally suited to be sectioned off into a granny flat. Both living rooms feature wood burning stoves that seamlessly complement the pervasive warmth of oil-fired central heating. Yet, it's the garden and its captivating views that truly steal the show. From the south-facing rear garden, deck, and living spaces, nature's ever-changing spectacle unfolds throughout the day – from sunrise breakfasts over the Sugarloaf, to lunchtime vistas of the valley and the grandeur of Knockree and Maulin Mountains, and the evening's sun setting gracefully behind Kippur.
The accommodation layout is both thoughtful and generous, encompassing an inviting entrance hallway, a well-appointed kitchen and kitchenette, a spacious living/dining room, a cozy family room, four comfortable bedrooms, three additional attic spaces, bathroom, shower room, a convenient utility room, and an attached garage with parking for one car. This comprehensive arrangement ensures that the house not only harmonizes with its lush surroundings but also offers ample space and flexibility for diverse needs and activities.
Occupying ¾ of an acre, the meticulously cultivated garden was the enduring passion of the late Tony Carey, the previous owner. Over decades, he transformed a humble field with a solitary hawthorn tree into an arboreal wonderland. This living testament to his dedication boasts over 100 trees sourced from Europe, America, New Zealand, Australia, and China, intermingled with flowering bushes, all carefully selected to frame the vistas, provide winter shelter, and create spaces for play and gatherings. Tony Carey's ardor for trees, evidenced by his involvement in initiatives such as CRANN and the Oak Glen project, has left an indelible mark.
Curtlestown, nestled approximately 1.3km from the vibrant heart of Enniskerry Village, boasts a plethora of outstanding facilities and amenities that cater to both residents and visitors alike. Surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of the Wicklow Mountains, this area offers a serene escape. The village itself is dotted with quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants, providing a delightful culinary experience and a chance to explore local crafts. Nature enthusiasts can revel in the scenic beauty of the nearby Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, while adventure seekers can engage in various outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, golf and horseback riding. This tranquil haven, graced with postcard-perfect landscapes, enjoys seamless accessibility, with the N11 and M50 routes ensuring effortless connections. For those seeking public transportation, the 185-feeder bus terminal, mere kilometres away, offers a swift link to Bray station. The community is well-equipped with modern conveniences, including excellent schools, medical facilities, and transportation options, ensuring a comfortable and well-connected lifestyle. Whether savouring the tranquillity of nature or indulging in urban comforts, Curtlestown and its surroundings offer a harmonious blend of amenities that cater to all preferences.
Ganymede is more than a house; it has been a cherished family home where laughter and joy have echoed through generations. As it opens its doors to new owners, the legacy of love and delight continues, inviting a new family to forge their own memories within its walls and gardens.
MEASURING APPROXIMATELY 219 SQM/2,357 SQ.FT
POSITIONED ON 3/4 OF AN ACRE
BEAUTIFUL MATURE AND LANDSCAPED FRONT AND SOUTH FACING REAR GARDEN FEATUREING 100 SPECIES OF TREE.
CARPETS, CURTAINS, LIGHT FITTINGS AND INTEGRATED APPLIANCES INCLUDED
ELECTRIC SECURITY GATES AND AMPLE OFF STREET PARKING
POSSIBILITY FOR A GRANNY FLAT STFPP
20 SQM/215 SQ.FT GARAGE
DOUBLE GLAZED WINDOWS THROUGHOUT
PEACEFUL RURAL LOCATION
BER: C3 BER No.116583550 Energy Performance Indicator:210.89 kWh/m²/yr
(3.89m x 2.74m) Carpet floor, timber panel ceiling, Velux window, radiator and door to garage.
(5.17m x 4.41m) timber floor, comprehensive range of wall and under counter units, Zanussi fridge/freezer and oven, Whirlpool dishwasher, Neff four ring gas hob and extractor fan, 1 and half stainless steel sink, curtains, radiator, stunning views across the valley and to the Sugar loaf. Door to
(2.30m x 2.26m) tile floor, stainless steel sink with tile splash back, Whirlpool washing machine, pantry storage closet and door to South facing deck in a tranquil setting with stunning views across the valley and to the Sugar loaf.
(8.20m x 3.93m) carpet floor, curtains, radiators, solid fuel burner, tv and electrical points and stunning views across the valley.
BEDROOM 4 (Currently in use as a home office)
4.25m x 3.34m – widest points) carpet flooring, curtains, built in wardrobe storage, ceiling light fitting, tv and electrical points and stunning views across the valley.
(3.93m x 3.31m) carpet flooring, curtains, W.H.B., with under sink storage, ceiling light fittings and electrical points.
(3.68m x 3.37m) carpet flooring, curtains, radiator, ceiling light fitting and electrical points.
(3.36m x 2.74m) carpet flooring, curtains, radiator, ceiling light fitting and electrical points.
MAIN FAMILY BATHROOM
(3.32m x 1.63m) part tile walls and floor, W.C., W.H.B, wall mounted mirror, small wall mounted vanity cabinet, radiator, ceiling light fitting, bath with shower attachment and hot press.
(3.26m x 1.60m) laminate floor, timber panel and part tile walls, W.C., W.H.B. with under sink cabinet, radiator, shower and views across the valley.
(4.27m x 3.46m) carpet floor, curtains, ceiling light fitting, radiator, solid fuel burner, tv and electrical points and views across the valley.
(6.46m x 6.04m) tile floor, comprehensive range of wall and under counter units, Whirlpool fridge, stainless steel sink, curtains, radiator and door to side garden located on the West side of the property.
(7.14m x 2.61m) concrete floor, electrical points, boiler and space for one car.
Timber flooring, ceiling light fitting and access to eves storage.
(3.98m x 3.76m) carpet flooring, curtains, radiator, ceiling light fitting, Velux window, eves storage, electrical points and views across to the Sugar loaf.
(4.99m x 4.39m – widest points) carpet flooring, ceiling light fitting, 2 Velux windows, and electrical points.
(3.46m x 2.87m) timber flooring, ceiling light fitting, Velux window, and electrical points.
The grounds of Ganymede encompass a sprawling 3/4-acre expanse of meticulously landscaped and maturely planted land, offering an enchanting extension of the residence's allure. This outdoor haven is a testament to the passion and dedication of its previous owner, Tony Carey, who transformed a modest field into a botanical masterpiece. Over a span of decades, Tony nurtured and cultivated this space, resulting in an arboretum that stands as a living legacy to his love for trees and their place in the landscape. With over 100 trees sourced from various corners of the globe – Europe, America, New Zealand, Australia, and China – and interspersed with an array of flowering bushes, the garden not only frames breath-taking vistas but also offers an inviting space for play, relaxation, and gatherings. The landscape has been thoughtfully designed to provide shelter from winter weather, enhance the views, and create a harmonious balance between nature's splendour and human interaction. Tony Carey's vision has truly transformed the grounds into a haven of natural beauty and serenity, inviting residents and visitors alike to explore, reflect, and revel in the tranquillity of this verdant sanctuary.