Moorlands, one of the finest homes on the Burnaby, represents all the romance and beauty of the elegant Edwardian architecture from the turn of the last century. Offered for sale for the first time in a generation, this six-bedroom family home on Whitshed Road adjacent to Greystones Golf Club, commands sea views from its gently elevated position. It is afforded considerable privacy by virtue of mature boundary vegetation and some fine specimen trees.
Aware of its listed status on Wicklow's schedule of protected structures and of its architectural importance - it features in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage - https://www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/16304099/moorlands-house-whitshed-road-killincarrig-greystones-wicklow and is described as a detached multiple-bay two-storey house, built c.1903 to designs by Frank Batchelor.
It also features in Peter Murtagh's production A Stroll Through The Burnaby
The original owners of this house, the Jacobs Biscuits family, inspired by Andalucia's Moorish Alhambra, named what was, in fact, their summer home in Greystones, Moorlands. The extensive sub-tropical gardens reflecting the well-travelled gardener, are a joy, offering year-round colour, perimeter paths to walk and the chance to explore century-old features including former croquet lawn, and a variety of specimen plants and flowering shrubs.
The present vendors, aware of its architectural importance, have enjoyed their years as custodians, in addition to raising their now adult family in such a delightful environment. They have thoughtfully enhanced essential elements such as modern bathrooms, a sophisticated integrated kitchen which seamlessly invites one to explore the adjoining conservatory and T.V snug which opens directly onto a south facing veranda. Art Nouveau influences abound throughout the house in fireplaces, lighting, exquisite leaded windows and door furniture, not to mention the Inglenook in the dining room.
Walking into the entrance porch, lead-paned windows, with its quarry tiled floor, one notices the original hall door, one instinctively knows that this is indeed a special find. An elegantly spacious reception hall, complete with window-seat and open fireplace, frames the main stairwell ascending to a gallery landing downlit by an atrium. Leading onwards into the drawing room with its decorative period open fire, the eyes are drawn to the south-east corner and a beautiful pentagonal window overlooking the bountiful gardens accessed via a door to a veranda. To one's right, another door leads into the formal dining room, where the piece de resistance is the deep Inglenook fireplace with crafted pine panelling, bench seats to either side, and bookshelves. Elsewhere on the ground floor off the rear hallway concealing a second stairs, are a home-office, guest cloakroom and W.C. with original fittings, and a well fitted utility room.
Ascending the stairs, the principal bedroom occupies the south-east corner of the footprint over the drawing room, where the corner window with sea views is replicated; the ensuite bathroom opens to the landing when desired. There is a second bedroom/guestroom which boasts an ensuite wet room, as well as bedroom number 3/nursery.
The main family bathroom serves the fourth and fifth bedrooms to the south and west elevations on this floor. A walk-in linen room and study area are located adjacent to the rear stairs which now leads to the top floor sixth bedroom, a studio, photography darkroom, and a games room which can double as a home cinema, media room.
This is an extraordinary home, which has been curated and maintained by the present family who, after 40 years, look forward to handing it over to its next guardians. We truly believe this is the most exciting opportunity of recent times to acquire a period home with modern amenity where its historical roots and impeccable provenance combine to educate and intrigue.
Greystones is such a wonderful place to live and in 2021 won gold medal in the Global Most Liveable Community Awards. Anyone familiar with the location will know of the excellent choice of primary and secondary schools, the host of leisure amenities, sporting clubs, retail therapy, cafes, restaurants, beaches and the harbour marina. Interconnectivity is assured with citybound buses, DART., plus easy access to the N11/