Aughboy, Clonlara, Co. Clare€385,000
Spellbinding waterside property of bewitching beauty set in elevated position above the renowned Avonbeg River in two acres of incredibly beautiful organic gardens, a veritable wildlife reserve featuring two stunning handcrafted treehouses straight out of the African savannah, one of which is set above the timeless cascading waters of the Avonbeg amidst the shelter and camouflage of towering native trees with prairie grasses and native wildflowers at its base.
Authenticity is key to Brook House combined with luxury and comfort, with its outer walls composed of Wicklow granite and reclaimed redbrick, its former incarnation being as a blacksmith’s dating back to the pre-Famine era of 1838 with the footprint and granite of the original cottage used faithfully in keeping with the nature of this historic location that is steeped in the lore and the lilting poetry of the great and ancient Bard, Thomas Moore as well as The Uncrowned King of Ireland, Charles Stewart Parnell.
Brook House is a single storey dwelling featuring soaring vaulted ceilings in most of its rooms. It comprises of three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, one en-suite, one guest w.c., a sunroom, a living room with multi-fuel stove, utility room and a southfacing L-shaped covered lightfilled verandah. Double patio doors from most rooms leading directly into the flagstone covered verandah, a detached garage and several outhouses with possible potential for further accommodation if so desired; a long and winding railed decking that follows the course of the river leading to its own private river beach area; its very own private and enchanting Wicklow granite humpbacked vehicular bridge with flowing stream beneath, which too, itself courses downwards to merge with the Avonbeg; specially built low granite and riverstone walls with cavities for planting herbs and alpine flowers and two other delightful wooden rustic bridges which span the sparkling stream, in addition to the vehicular granite bridge.
The most striking features of the property itself are its handsome granite exterior walls with re-claimed redbrick to the rear; its welcoming formidable wide porch; its teal-painted hardwood double glazed windows and doors with a roof composed of Blue Bangor heather and grey slate which melds with the pink and grey skies and a sheltered rear verandah, a southfacing suntrap made for al fresco dining throughout the year.
This house was built in the very lap of Nature whilst providing seclusion and extremely elegant and luxurious accommodation within its very walls yet offering one of the most dramatic and mesmerizing settings in County Wicklow that intoxicates the senses with its heady atmosphere of serenity and peace broken only by the hypnotic sounds of the rushing river waters and the refrain of the diverse range of songbirds which flourish within its enchanted gardens. The complete avoidance of glyphosphate and other carcinogenic herbicides ensures the Irish honeybee and other bee colonies including the many solitary bees, the butterflies, the insects as well as the birds, proliferate within these gardens, a veritable nature reserve which is sacred to their protection, preservation, conservation and future of the natural world and all of its inhabitants in this little piece of heavenly earth. Located approximately 3km from the nearest town of Rathdrum and within 1km of the quaint village of Ballinaclash.
Comprising of two acres bounded on one side by its own private stretch of the Avonbeg River, the gardens can aptly be described as a Nature Reserve as well a haven for both wildlife and people alike, with numerous stately 100 foot tall firs and cypresses dominating parts of the the garden landscape with a statuesque weeping willow gracefully arching above the river margins adjacent to the rear patio; woodland and wildflower areas; medicinal herbs and flowers, an abundance of plants, trees and shrubs, overall a diverse range of flora and fauna for almost every month of the year. Fruit and nut trees abound including cherries, plums, apples, medlars, hazels, filberts, crabapples and a walnut tree; native wildflowers underfoot in Spring right through to late Autumn along with spectacularly tall fir trees lining the river along with alders, ash, holly and hazel. Rowan, hawthorn, elderberry, spindle, dogwood, blackthorn, bird cherry, yew, Spanish chestnut and hornbeam beech being just a few. A separate list is available upon request as the list is so extensive.
The delightful granite vehicular humpbacked bridge is one of the more notable features of the gardens as it forms part of the driveway and spans the wide stream that courses beneath it to flow into the Avonbeg River. This stream bisects the gardens and is bounded on both sides by incredibly tall and mature alder and ash trees with clumps of persicaria, lime-green euphorbia, candelabra primroses, purple irises, campions and fritillaria meleagris in spring and summer. There are electric outdoor lights attached to the underside of the bridge and along the margins of the stream, operated by remote control which offer delightful lighting effects in the evenings. The four corners of the bridge are topped by electric candle-style lanterns which are in keeping with the character of Brook House.
A wide semi-circle of granite steps down to a paved little al fresco dining area, hewn in a semi-circular design, is set into the riverbank which offers a glorious optional seating area in which to absorb the views while enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of tea in what is truly a sub-lime setting while further downstream – but still within the gardens – is the railed decking walk-way trail which leads to its own secluded little river bathing area which is defined by a sturdy bench with even more glorious views.
The handcrafted elevated tree house is accessed via an elevated walkway railed on either side by rustic branches taken from trees of the gardens. Above its entrance is a latticed arch of branches beneath which is an Arts & Crafts lantern. On entering the treehouse past its solid hardwood door, one enters a room with two hardwood windows and glazed sliding doors lead-ing to the savannah-style terrace which has period lanterns set into the outer walls. The floor of this room is pierced by the trunk of a tree which emerges onto the terrace. The terrace which is directly suspended above the river, has outstanding views of the river and the wood-land on either sides of the Avonbeg. There is a flight of steps from the main entrance leading up to a little room upstairs which is the very definition of the word ‘snug’ with a window that has commanding views over the entirety of one side of the extensive gardens.
The second or savannah treehouse is in the long grassland of the wilder side of the gardens with an open aspect. It is accessed by an external wooden staircase leading to a square ‘look-out’ area in the middle of which sits the trunk of a huge eucalyptus tree which forms the base of the treehouse. From here there are lovely views towards the river, the cottage and the gar-dens from its solid wooden railings.
Brook House itself is in spectacular condition throughout, has many individual features and is on a secluded and private gated site with the option to purchase a further C.4 acres of adjoining riverside meadow.
Further photographs and information regarding the various trees, plants and wildlife surrounding the property is available upon request.
Imposing entrance porch featuring a set of hardwood timber and doubleglazed doors beneath a cantilevered slate roof, defined by a circular fanlight edged in redbrick and a short flight of wide granite steps. Internally there is flagstoned flooring with two deepset windows either side of the porch and a bank of brushed silver switches which control the recessed lighting and much of the exterior lighting. Glazed internal doors lead into:
Open-plan integrated kitchen area with soaring vaulted ceilings and broad wooden beams from which are suspended three most elegant Gothic style chandeliers. Flagstoned flooring and double patio doors leading directly to the covered southfacing verandah with gravelled patio and glimpses of the gardens and flowing river beyond.
Kitchen features Rangemaster stove with two ovens and a halogen hob above which is a traditional style overmantle; waisthigh fitted microwawave oven; quartz worktops; curved breakfast bar and backsplash composed of glazed handpainted tiles depicting herbs, butterflies and bird motifs. Three deepset traditional windows on the opposite wall.
A short flight of steps leads into the sunroom which has incredible views above the river via two very large windows which frame the sweeping panorama of Nature with its rich variety of mature trees and shrubs as well as birdlife with which the gardens are endowed. There is wide-plank French rustic oak flooring in the sunroom.
From the kitchen area, are two internal doors, one leading into the utility room and the other, leading into the living room.
Utility Room: Fitted storage units with tall freezer; sink with quartz worktop; deepset window and recessed lighting above. Door leads to:
Guest W.C. fully tiled in white tiles from floor to ceiling as well as the flooring. Deepset window.
Living Room: accessed by door from kitchen, large bright room, French rustic oak wide plank flooring, raised stone hearth, large multifuel stove with hardwood mantelpiece and gold framed over mantle, Spanish candelabra chandelier suspended from vaulted hardwood painted ceiling with additional recessed lighting. Double patio doors leading to veranda.
Hallway: French rustic oak wide plank flooring, two deep set windows overlooking one side of the garden with magnificent magnolia trees and 20 foot tall rhododendron and camellia shrubs.
Bedroom 1: Neutrally decorated room, French rustic oak wide plank flooring, recessed ceiling lighting,access to the attic, patio doors to veranda.
Bedroom 2: Large bright room, French rustic oak wide plank flooring, recessed ceiling lighting, blinds, double patio doors opening onto separate terrace, short flight of flag stoned steps leading down to the rear patio, edged by raised flowerbeds and scented climbing plants embellishing the redbrick walls.
En-suite: fully tiled, walk in shower cubicle, basin, W.C,
Bedroom 3: Neutrally decorated room, blinds, French rustic oak wide plank oak flooring, recessed ceiling lighting
Bathroom: fully tiled, large walk in shower cubicle, bath, basin, WC, wall mounted radiator, towel rails. Large deep window.
Verandah: Sheltered and light filled L-shaped space with character Yorkshire flagstones and redbrick columns topped by ranch-style beams and lantern-lighting with 2 outdoor double sockets and a tap for watering plants.
• Secluded and private site
• Fully Alarmed
• Mains Water
• Bio cycle effluent system on site
• Oil Fired Central Heating
• Fibre Optic Broadband
• Landline, Sky TV
• Extensive outdoor lighting to enhance the property and blend with the natural environ-ment
• Established garden with indigenous plants and trees
• Two Handcrafted Treehouses
• Detached Garage
• Additional Outbuildings – traditional stone shed, disused concrete / glasshouse, large metal storage shed.
BER: C1 BER No.102367299 Energy Performance Indicator:169.33 kWh/m²/yr
From Dublin take the N11/M11 Motorway South. Exit at exit 16 and head for R752 for Rathdrum. Stay on the R752 for about 15 km until reaching the village of Rathdrum. Travel over the bridge in Rathdrum and continue on the R752 for a further 2 km. Take the right turn on to the R754 signposted for Ballinaclash. On entering the village of Ballinaclash, before the bridge on the bend, take the left turn signposted for Meetings of the Waters (L2144). Travel along the L2144 for approximately 900 metres and the property entrance will be on your right, accessed via Granite piers with a wooden security gate.
Brook House, Ballinacarrig Lower, Rathdrum, Wicklow