House in Ballinvalley, County Wicklow, Ireland
Tinnahinch, Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland
A quite exceptional residential estate and unique fishery in a sought-after area including a period lodge, guest cottage and large log chalet-style lodge. All pleasantly set among magical and private grounds with fishing lakes, a notable stretch of river fishing, pasturage and an abundance of wildlife.
The location is amazing – so close to the picturesque, fashionable Enniskerry village, and under an hour's drive from Dublin international airport. Enniskerry has a choice of shops, 2 primary schools, restaurants, cafes and pubs. The Powerscourt Hotel, Estate and Golf Club are quite superb. Further retail therapy at nearby Avoca, Bray, or Dundrum Town Centre can be offset against country pursuits which abound locally. Dublin is easily accessible viathe Ml1//M50 trunk roads, while the LUAS light rail network and DART commuter train service are available at nearby Cherrywood and Bray towns respectively. City bound bus services are all convenient. This is an area with much to offer in terms of both beauty and amenity; apart from the obvious but never-to-be underestimated joys of such a wonderful river reach, world class championship golfing at Druids Glen, Woodbrook, The K Club, as well as Powerscourt, Delgany, Greystones area within circa 30 minutes' drive, The Curragh, Naas, Punchestown and Fairyhouse all within easy reach. Riding clubs, equestrian centres, mountain trails and both harrier and drag hunting packs are all available nearby. The Djouce loop walking trail is nearby at Ballinteskin, and is an access point for the Wicklow Way, which takes in views of the Deer Park Glen, the Sugarloaf mountain and as far as Howth Head. Harbours from which to sail and sea fish include Bray, Greystones' new marina, and Wicklow and there are numerous safe east coast beaches easily to hand.
If the location is stunning, the sense of history and tradition is even more so. Tinnahinch represents the garden house, walled garden and riverbank meadows portion of the famous parliamentarian and patriot Henry Grattan's estate. He acquired the estate with the aid of a parliamentary grant of £100,000 from a grateful nation, an enormous sum in the late 1700s,recognising the part Grattan played in obtaining legislative freedom for Ireland in 1782. Falling into disrepair in the mid 20th century, the mansion house portion of the estate was revived as a millennium project in private hands and is, today, a stunning family home of poise and flair and immediately bounds the southern end of the estate.
Spectacularly positioned on the banks of the River Dargle, within some 35 acres / 14 hectares, good fishing and magical valley views are enjoyed. The accommodation within the estate extends to some 5,321 square feet / 494 square metres in total and includes the Garden Lodge, Guest Cottage, and Chalet. In total there are three principal buildings, a workshop and some old estate out offices. This magical residential sporting estate combineslush riverside meadowlands with manicured pleasure gardens, the walled estate garden including many specimen trees, shrubs, and flowering plants. The pretty little 4 acre springfed lake in its tranquil setting was thoughtfully designed and laid out, with coves, peninsulas and 5 tree planted islands. It is stocked with high quality rainbow trout, many of which have bred naturally in its clear waters, with some reaching up to 16 lbs in weight. The Dargle River, famous for its large sea trout, runs through the estate and is freshly fed from its nearby confluence with the Glencree River and the Powerscourt Waterfall (the highest waterfall in these islands). The holding pools, lovingly developed and tended at Tinnahinch, are probably the best on the river. Fly fished at night, the river has produced many specimen fish and held the record for the largest trout (over 12lbs) in weight caught on rod and line for many years in Ireland. Access to the estate is from a gravelled roadway that winds down through mature woodland to The Garden House, a spur branching off to access the fishing lodge and lake. There is planning permission in place to create an entrance onto the public road to provide a separate entrance for the fishery and fishing lodge, if required. A detached patent metal-clad building with power and light, measuring c.25'x 40' or c.1,000 sq. ft/93 sq. mt. In the near vicinity of the Garden House close to its suntrap patio/terrace, is a large garden/potting shed; while nearby, in the vicinity of the Guest Lodge, are a series of old estate open-fronted sheds.
The Garden House:
Beautifully positioned within the walled garden, the Garden House faces south and offers some 1,707 square feet / 158 square metres of accommodation. Comprising the original gardener's cottage for the Tinnahinch Estate, it has recently been renovated and extended to now present a period 3 bedroom home with marvellous character. The living room features alcove shelving, an open fireplace with a rustic brick surround and hearth. This living room provides access to the first floor from an arched stairwell, through double French doors into a sun room and to a downstairs master bedroom suite. The sun room has an exposed cedartimbered ceiling and enjoys great natural light being largely glazed on 3 sides and benefiting from 3 French doors opening out to the walled garden. Another French door interconnects the sun room and kitchen and allows natural light into the L-shaped kitchen. The master bedroom suite has an en-suite shower room and upstairs there are 2 further bedrooms and family bathroom with a whirlpool bath. Arching to raised dais picture-windows overlook the garden.
The Guest Lodge:
The Guest Lodge is positioned close to the Main House taking in the most amazing vista of the Tinnahinch Estate including the two lakes, the fishing lodge and the magnificent, relaxing and peaceful surroundings of the River Dargle Valley. The lodge is a most attractive building which dates back to the late 18th Century yet enjoys all the comforts of modern day construction having been restored by the present owner. The Lodge also retains many original features such as the exposed brick walls, the circular window to the front and the large stone cut fireplace. The living area has high pitched ceilings with an open plan mezzanine. There are two bedrooms, and a door at the side gives access to a private courtyard with outbuildings. The lodge is the perfect area to soak up the beauty of one'speaceful surroundings and offers ideal accommodation for guests, an au pair or in law suite.
The Fishing Lodge:
The Fishing Lodge is approached by a tree lined avenue and is situated alongside the lake. The lake is set in a quiet mature wooded valley, is spring fed and comprises of four acres of crystal clear water well laid out with five islands, peninsulas and coves. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout of the highest quality. The lodge was built in 2009 to an exceptionally high standard. It comprises a large double height reception room with a feature open fireplace with exposed brick to the ceiling and a mezzanine level, perfect for functions, entertainment or gatherings. There are two further reception rooms and preparation kitchen, functioning bar and mens and ladies wash closets. The Lodge boasts a wraparound balcony to enjoy the beauty of ones surroundings. Access via a door to the rear gives way to two further rooms on first floor level.
Offered for sale with 35 acres / 14 hectares
Total measurements of three properties:
5,321 sq.ft/ 494 sq.m
Enniskerry Village 0.9 miles / 1.4 km
Kilmacanogue Village (N11) 3.3 miles / 5.3 km
Bray Town (DART) 3.8 miles / 6.1 km
Cherrywood Village (LUAS) 7.1 miles / 11.5 km
M50 motorway 5.8 miles / 9.3 km
Dublin city centre 16.6 miles / 27 km
Dublin International Airport 31.4 miles / 50.6 km
(Distances are approximate)
(Measurements are approximate)
Tinnahinch, Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland, Ballinvalley, County Wicklow, Ireland