A landmark period residence tastefully transformed into a modern family home, 3 Martello Terrace was recently refurbished to the highest standard. The superb quality of finish and attention to detail impresses throughout.
This exceptional home, built in 1860, sits in a listed Victorian terrace of eight houses - a young James Joyce was one of the early residents. It retains many period features including original floorboards, sash windows and shutters, high ceilings, decorative plasterwork and feature fireplaces.
Set back from the road and tucked away at the quieter, harbour end of Bray’s splendid Esplanade, the property takes full advantage of the unparalleled views this enviable coastal location offers, with commanding sea views from both the front and rear of the house.
A charming first floor veranda is a striking feature of the exterior while inside, the substantial accommodation of approx. 235sq.m (2,530sq.ft) is laid out over three floors. A welcoming and light filled hall leads into two large interconnecting reception rooms, one of which is currently used as a formal dining room. A very well-appointed family kitchen, with a recently installed Smeg dual fuel range cooker, completes the ground floor.
Accommodation on the upper floors includes five bedrooms, a very spacious family bathroom with shower and a Jacuzzi bath, a guest WC and a separate shower-room.
However, the jewel in the crown of this stunning property is undoubtedly the graciously proportioned and exquisitely decorated first floor drawing room. Light floods in through the two beautiful windows, one of them opening onto the veranda with its breath-taking views out to sea and all along the promenade to Bray Head. This is the most perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee or sip an evening cocktail.
A gated landscaped communal garden to the front features a large lawned area and secure off-street residents’ parking. There is also a sunny and private walled back garden (with rear pedestrian access) in which to relax. Or maybe you might prefer to lace up your boots and walk that magnificent view, whether it be a pleasant stroll on the mile-long prom or a bracing walk to Bray Head, over the Summit and on to Greystones.
No 3 Martello Terrace effortlessly combines the elegance of a bygone age with the requirements of 21st century family living. For all its unique qualities and special character, this tranquil property is just a short walk from the bustling town centre. There are excellent transport links to Dublin city while all the amenities of County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland, are on your doorstep.