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Cairness, Church Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
€2,650,000
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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
Property description
Combining period ambience with contemporary style and modern amenity, this stunning home of grace and proportion influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement was built in the late 19th century as the rectory for Christ Church just across the road, and this is merely the third opportunity ever presented to acquire the late Victorian { c.1878} home set amid an acre of gloriously screened mature landscaped gardens within minutes' walk of the seaside town's amenities and celebrated esplanade.
Presented in pristine order, Cairness was effectively restored and thoughtfully extended by the present owner over the last decade or thereabouts to create a light-filled family home with sophisticated creature comforts and design levels redolent of the most discerning taste.
Approached from Church Road through electronically controlled gates along a Tasmanian Fern-lined serpentine gravel avenue, Cairness' Tudor-style porch yields access to a fine reception hallway featuring original glazed tile floor and an impressive ceiling height, like the three formal reception rooms characterized by marble fireplaces; the first of which facing south is a dining room, next is a wonderful dual aspect living room, before discovering a westerly drawing room from which glazed doors lead to a dual-height orangerie with atrium rooflights and direct access to a terrace perfect for al fresco entertaining. The orangerie intercommunicates with the eat-in Travertine-marble floored kitchen suffused with light featuring John Daly craft cabinetry, polished granite work surfaces and centre island, the heart of which is an electric six-oven Aga. Also on this level are a home office/study; a comms room; guest W.C., and a boot-room/utility ideal for all the kit accumulated by any young family.
The elegant main staircase { there are two} rises majestically beneath atrium roof-lighting to reveal at first floor and return levels five double bedrooms from two of which there are sea views; three of which are fully ensuite and two share a family bathroom the bathrooms featuring marble installed by John Daly; not to omit the fitted bedroom wardrobes custom-made by Dave Prickett, the most impressive of which are in the superb dressing room forming part of the dual-aspect principal bedroom suite.
With almost 500 sq.m. { 5,360 sq. ft.} living accommodation in walk-in condition throughout, Cairness stands on an acre of professionally landscaped beautifully maintained gardens screened by a delightful selection of mature specimen trees, populated by flowering shrubs, bushes, and a formal parterre garden to the rear. A detached garage separated from the residence by a gated mews-like courtyard complements a fully fenced dog-run along its eastern boundary.
Interconnectivity here is excellent, being little over 20 km from Dublin south city with easy access to the N11/M11/M50 corridor bringing Dublin airport within 40 minutes' drive; Bray well serviced by DART and city-bound buses, including a link to Cherrywood LUAS.
Bray's new Town Centre with cinemas, dining experiences and retail is approaching completion on Main Street to complement the existing choice of national and local retail, friendly bars, restaurants and cafes, and Cairness is located minutes' walk from the town's impressive amenities. As well as primary, secondary, and third-level educational opportunities, leisure pursuits include active sailing and tennis clubs, golf, football and GAA; with equine interests well catered for in several venues close by. Bray's famous seafront esplanade leading south to Bray Head and the Cliff Walk to Greystones need no introduction perhaps, but are key to the current owner's enjoyment of this extraordinary home of flair and proportion which it is our pleasure to recommend.


Enjoying full benefit from its luxuriant gardens, the sound of birdsong and church bells drifts languidly on the air at Cairness, across from which Christ Church with its striking octagonal spire has stood testimony since the 1870's to the imposing design by William Slater; its full peal of bells rung since 1881 said to have then cost 1,100 with Taylors of Loughborough, believed to have been encouraged by a visit by then P.M. William Gladstone.
Influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, the residence features cut granite dressings and rough-cast render complemented by a part-gabled and hipped roof distinguished by blue/black natural slate with decorative bands of Westmoreland slate. Original features have been preserved where possible, for instance the stone mullion timber sash windows, ceiling cornices, and hall floor tiling; while the spectacular orangerie and contemporary kitchen perfectly meld modern design with period character.
Cairness, Church Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Wicklow, Wicklow, Ireland
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