Nestling in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains and overlooking the dramatic Blessington Lakes (Poulaphouca Reservoir), Loiste An Chroi is situated off Lake Drive Road near Blessington in County Wicklow. Known as the Garden of Ireland, the county is one of Ireland's least well-kept secrets and is famous for its lush rolling countryside, the Wicklow Mountains, upland lakes and steep sided glacial valleys.
The small, vibrant village of Lacken (meaning hill-side or slope) is about 2.5 kilometres distant. A popular location for the film industry, it includes a church, GAA club, community centre and a pub.
The historic town of Blessington (8.5 km) is a charming, old-fashioned market town. It provides everyday amenities, along with restaurants, pubs, a library and a variety of shops.
There is a wide range of outdoor activities available in the surrounding area. Situated on the Blessington Lakeside Heritage Trail, the area's rich and unique local heritage can be explored on a route that surrounds the lake. As Ireland's largest man-made lake (created in circa 1940), it provides opportunities for birdwatching, cycling, fishing, canoeing, rowing and sailing, with bicycle and boat hire available locally. The area is a popular choice for hill walking and offers a selection of interconnected recreational paths to nearby hills. The renowned Wicklow Way and St. Kevin's Way are within easy reach of Lacken.
Lying between the dramatic mountain ranges and extensive water habitats, there is an abundance of flora and fauna to be found in the area.
The Blessington Greenway walk links the town of Blessington with the stately home of Russborough House (13 km), renowned for its gardens and farmer's market.
Golfing enthusiasts are well catered for with the championship Tulfarris Golf Club (11 km), Lisheen Springs Golf Club (17 km), and Blessington Golf Club (9 km) just a short drive away.
For equestrian enthusiasts, Punchestown and Naas Racecourses are 19 and 21 kilometres distant, respectively.
A key feature of the location is its accessibility with the N81 10 km and the M50 (Junction 11) only 29 km distant. There is a good bus network in nearby Blessington with regular services to Dublin. Dublin City (36 km) and Dublin Airport (49 km) are easily accessed.
There is a variety of primary and secondary schools in the surrounding area. Lacken National School is about 2.5 kilometres distant and offers modern facilities, constructed in 2011.
Loiste An Chroi, which translates to 'The Heart Lodge', is a wonderful modern family home. Set on an elevated site, it occupies a commanding westerly-facing position, offering expansive water and landscape views.
The single-storey house was extended and fully renovated in 2012, providing contemporary living accommodation which is both generous and cleverly designed for family living. Works included installing an underfloor heating system, new windows, and new doors, plus rewiring and reroofing.
The house is accessed by an electric gated entrance which opens into a tarmacadam sweeping driveway and terminates at a gravel parking area to the front of the house.
The principal reception rooms and bedroom accommodation are well-positioned to take advantage of the lake views, with multiple bay windows being a notable feature. Accessed off the hallway is a sitting room with a TV point, featuring a wood burning stove underneath a beautiful sleeper mantlepiece, and a fully modernised kitchen which opens into a sunroom with a dining area. This is an excellent space to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and is well-positioned for natural sunlight throughout the day, with French windows leading out to the garden. A key feature of the house is the spacious office, from which the magnificent views can be enjoyed.
There are five bedrooms in total, including two-bedroom suites.
Underfloor heating via a geothermal heat pump and with thermostats throughout
Bathroom appliances - Duravit
Full home security system
Video door intercom system
The accommodation extends to approximately 210 sq m / 2,260 sq ft. Please refer to the floorplans for a full list of the accommodation.
To the side of the property is a garage with light and power. There is also a games room, which includes a bar, with heating, electricity, and water. A plant room is situated to the rear of the house, which is also connected with power, and includes a water filtration system.
The extensive landscaped garden grounds are a particular feature of the property. Enclosed, by hedging, the grounds are predominantly laid to lawn, interspersed with shrubs, flowering plants and feature stones. There is a terrace and a full-size tennis court.
There is ample parking to the front, rear and both sides of the house. In all the grounds extend to about 0.7 hectare / 1.8 acres.
The Eircode is W91 H94W.