Our home is an Edwardian house (301m2), built in 1901 and now a comfortable family home. The house has been modernised but retains many of its original Edwardian features. The front of the house contains two formal reception rooms - a sitting room which is ideal for escaping for tranquility to read or listen to music - and an elegant dining room. The back of the house has a modern kitchen, dining area and TV room (XBox & NetFlix)- ideal for family life. There is a downstairs wc, pantry, home office & laundry room too. Upstairs we have 4 bedrooms, 3 en-suite. A separate upstairs room contains a running machine and can double as an additional bedroom as it has a sofa-bed. The rear bedrooms have views over Sutton Golf Course and Burrow Strand beach.
There's a lovely garden (1/3 acre), front and back with a silver granite patio, where we like to spend summer mornings and evenings - lunch and supper too when it's fine on the integrated gas BBQ. For children, there is an elevated play house with slide, swings, trampoline and football goals.
Our home is situated in the leafy Sutton village. It is a family-friendly area, with beautiful coastal walks and beaches. We also have a hotel (The Marine Hotel), a selection of shops and banks and a supermarket (SuperValue) all within a one minute walk of the house. The world renowned fishing village of Howth is a short walk away with its fabulous cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs.
Our nearest train station (DART) is a 3 minute walk away. The DART takes you into Dublin city Centre (north and south) in 20 minutes. The DART serves the entire length of the Dublin bay and connects with other main rail services and the Dublin city tram (LUAS). Dublin airport is also 20 minutes away by car/taxi.
As well as easy access to all that Dublin has to offer, there is always plenty going on in Sutton/Howth. In the summer we have the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, a Viking Festival in nearby Clontarf and the Tall Ships Festival in Dublin Port. Local attractions include numerous beaches (Sutton, Howth, Dollymount & Portmarnock), coastal walks and promenades, Howth Head hill walks, kite-surfing on Burrow and Dollymount beaches, yachting in Howth & Sutton and world renowned golf in Sutton, Howth, Portmarnock and Clontarf.
Just a short train-ride away are the amazing Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, many museums of national interest and Dublin Castle. Several sporting venues are on the train route also, such as the Aviva Stadium (the old Lansdowne Road) and Croke Park.
Our home is a wonderful base from which a family can experience both the amenities which a large city like Dublin has to offer combined with the unique experience of a coastal village such as Howth. As a result, alternative days can be set aside for the fast paced tourist trips in to Dublin sightseeing or relaxing on the golf course or picnicking on the beach - it is an aspect of Dublin few tourists get to experience.
Summer 2017: Seeking suggestions for Boston/Martha's Vineyard & Cape Cod, would consider Washington DC for late July/August 2017.
Other Times: We have travelled extensively in France but particularly love Mougins, Grasse, Valbonne, Cannes and Nice areas and would consider swaps over school mid terms and Easter.
Wherever our destination, our preference is to be within a short walk from restaurants and have a private pool for the kids (summer).