EXCEPTIONAL VICTORIAN RESIDENCE BUILT C.1860 WHICH HAS BEEN TOTALLY REFURBISHED, EXTENDED AND IMPROVED OVER THE YEARS ENJOYING MAGICAL VIEWS OVER COLIEMORE HARBOUR, DALKEY SOUND OUT TOWARDS HOWTH
Sorrento is a most impressive Victorian residence built c.1860 by James Milo Burke who was also responsible for the build of nearby Victoria House and Springfield on Nerano Road. Throughout its history, it has played host to a wealth of fascinating occupants. Its' unique L-shaped design has been improved and extended over the years. The most impactful are the recent improvements by the current owners who have carried out a thorough stylish refurbishment project managed and designed by Clare Hughes Interiors.
A discreet entrance with electric gates leads the way through a tarmacadamed driveway which breaks out into luxurious loose pebbled driveway to reveal Sorrento in all its' glory. A neatly positioned circular flower bed with granite cobble stones and clipped buxus hedging provides the perfect turning circle. The reassuringly luxurious scrunching of gravel announces your arrival. The eye is immediately drawn to the slate Mansard roof with well-appointed dormer windows and the strategically positioned orangery at the south east elevation providing a teasing glimpse of the magnificent views on offer.
Fully refurbished, restored and wonderfully maintained Sorrento provides an exceptional balance of generous accommodation and family friendly gardens. Level lawns provide an air of conventionality rendering it ideal for football kicking and fun-loving youngsters. The views from Sorrento are exceptional and whilst cliché they are at times truly breath-taking. An abundance of sash windows, dormer windows, bay windows, a conservatory and a fully glazed wall to a sun terrace are positioned around the house to take full advantage of the stunning views over Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey Island and Sound, the Kish Lighhouse out as far as Howth.
Through the entrance porch is a welcoming reception hallway with wide oak stained floorboards, a Stanley wood burning stove and French doors opening out to the back garden. Stylish double-hung doors with gold hardware provide a quirky and practical solution for sharing light and keeping family pets or toddlers in one spot and lead to the kitchen. This is a truly special space and the owner has applied with more than just an eye for detail, a collection of truly impressive design touches which combine to create this impressive hub. A large centre island extending to 3.6m x 1.6m has an impressive worktop constructed using two carefully selected Grade A Calacatta slabs with a book matched joint and provides centre stage. Above it, a stunning light fitting, commission by the owners, of hand blown Venetian Murano glass from the Bisanzio Gallery complements the marble top to perfection and sets the tone for this truly impressive home. A bay window with window seat provides the perfect nook for informal dining, there is an AGA, a further window seat with antiqued mirror backdrop, larder cupboard, SubZero fridge and wine cooler. The kitchen opens up to a cosy orangery with twin sets of French doors to the back and front of the house, effortlessly connecting them allowing full enjoyment of maximum views and garden orientation.
Downstairs there is a formal drawing room, dining room and a fully fitted Butler's kitchen. There is a guest wc and a further shower room off a boot room with access to the garden at the side. There are six double bedrooms in total, 3 ensuite and a luxuriously appointed family bathroom. In addition there is a home office on the second floor and a home gym with outlook onto the sun terrace.
A discreet entrance with electric gates leads the way through a tarmacadamed driveway which breaks out into luxurious loose pebbled driveway. A neatly positioned circular flower bed with granite cobble stones and neat buxus hedging provides the perfect turning circle. Level lawns provide an air of conventionality rendering it ideal for football kicking and fun-loving youngsters. To the north east at the furthermost point, no doubt to maximise the views, is a patio area complete with hot-tub. For sunseekers there is a paved patio area off the orangery enjoying both the views provided through the glazed structure along with the perfect south-west facing orientation. As with much of Dalkey and Killiney, Sorrento was originally built on a slope however the client has raised the lawns to ensure there is literally a level playing pitch ensuring it is family friendly. Enjoying complete privacy with mature shrubs around the perimeter. An original Victorian greenhouse, which used to grow strawberries, peppers, tomatoes in its day awaits interpretation.
Enclosed Entrance Porch: with large coconut mat
Reception Hallway: Dark fumed oak parquet flooring in herringbone pattern. Stanley wood burning stove. French doors to the garden. Half door to kitchen.
Kitchen: Hand painted wall and floor units with Armac Martin polished nickel. Centre island (approx. 3.6m x 1.6m) with Grade A Calacatta marble worktop with book matched joint. Sink unit with Quooker instant hot water tap. Larder press, cocktail cabinet with matching Calacatta marble insets, window seat with antique glass backdrop. Sub Zero fridge, freezer and full size wine fridge combination. Black 4-oven gas fired AGA. Miele dishwasher. Bay window with window seating and sash windows. Opens to :
Orangery: Constructed with a speciality hardwood suitable for coastal properties, glazed with lantern roof. Remote controlled Kalfire electric fire with spark generator for authentic experience surrounded with a leather granite effect wrap. Twin set of French doors, one to the back and one to the patio area to the front.
Drawing room: Limestone fireplace with pewter surround and slate hearth. Bay window.
Dining room: Door to inner hall and Butler's Kitchen.
Butler's Kitchen: Fully fitted kitchen with wall and floor units. Travertine floor. Neff cooker and microwave. Miele fridge and freezer. 2 x Miele washing machines and one tumble dryer. Door to:
Boot room: panelled walls. Sliding door to:
Shower room: Shower with wc and whb extensively tiled in travertine
Inner hall with storeroom and door to side.
Main bedroom suite: Spacious double room with bay window and dual aspect enjoying magnificent views. Louis Pompadour style white marble fireplace with deep set grate.
Ensuite bathroom: Bath encased in marble flanked on either side by a) separate shower and b) wc. Twin sash windows. Bespoke marble slab vanity unit with double under mounted sinks and towel shelf. Hans Grohe fittings, waterfall taps. Fully tiled in marble.
Solid mahogany dressing room with ample storage space providing a combination of drawers and hanging space.
Bedroom 2: Bay window.
Ensuite: Shower with tiled window seat. Neutral marble tiling with brown contrasting worktop, whb and wc.
Dressing room: fitted wardrobes
Family Bathroom: Twin oval bowl sinks in dark vanity unit with towel shelf. Limestone flooring, bath encased in mosaic tiled base.
Bedroom 3: Window to side.
Bedroom 4: Fitted shelving window to front.
Bedroom 5: window to front.
Staircase rises to reveal, behind a sliding door of walnut veneer, glazed sliding doors accessing the 20 sqm roof terrace with breathtaking views.
Gym: Large area with fitted units and flat screen tv. Opens to:
Home Office: Fitted shelving and bookcase. Glazed doors to :
Sun Terrace: (13.42 x 1.5m) approx. glazed divide with chrome fittings so as not to obscure the view.
Bedroom 6: Dormer window to front. Door to
Ensuite: wet room with stunning views through dormer window towards Dalkey Island. Rainbow and telescopic shower fittings.
Main shower room: Skylight, whb, wc and shower.
Stunning views over Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey Island out towards Howth
Unique L-shaped design built c. 1860 with slate Mansard roof
KRend silicone coloured render designed for coastal properties
All sash windows reconditioned, restored with new ironmongery fittings
Lutron lighting throughout for control and mood lighting
Sonos audio system
Samuel Heath antique bronze light switches throughout
Six double bedrooms
Two fully fitted kitchens for ease of entertaining
Extensive use of marble and granite throughout
Fumed oak parquet flooring in hall and kitchen
Hand painted kitchen with Calacatta topped centre island
Orangery in speciality hardwood for coastal properties maximising views and orientation