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Introducing "Brelade," a labour of love where timeless beauty meets natural serenity. This charming centrally located family home is in need of refurbishment and some loving, tender care to bring it back to life for another generation. From the moment you step inside, it becomes evident that this house is bathed in an abundance of natural light. As the sun graciously streams through the windows, the front rooms are gently illuminated during the morning hours, while the afternoon and early evening bestow their radiance upon the back rooms. The interplay of light creates a captivating atmosphere that enchants both residents and guests alike. Embracing captivating vistas, "Brelade" offers a symphony of breathtaking views. Gazing from the main front bedroom, which once served as the house's drawing room, one can witness the ever-changing moods of the sea, captivating onlookers with its endless allure. Meanwhile, the garden presents a wondrous spectacle as the seasons unfold, beckoning you to marvel at nature's palette. The landing window, adorned with captivating blue, red, and yellow glass panes, transforms the garden into an enchanting and magical retreat. The garden itself is a testament to the family's deep love for nature. Long before it became fashionable, they nurtured an organic haven, untouched by chemicals, and brought to life by a myriad of flowers and shrubs, lovingly propagated from cuttings generously shared by family and friends. Towering trees, such as myrtles, arbutus, a majestic horse chestnut, two sweet chestnuts, and a resplendent copper beech, provide soothing shade during the summer months. This verdant sanctuary, teeming with birdsong and the gentle hum of bees and insects, awaits the exploration of a new generation. Moreover, it presents ample opportunities for self-sufficiency with its fruitful bounty of homegrown fruits and vegetables. Discover "Brelade," a place where the seamless harmony of nature and timeless architecture invites you to immerse yourself in a tranquil oasis, offering a sanctuary for both the soul and the senses.
2.25m x 8.22m (7' 5" x 27' 0") Step into the bright, light-filled, spacious entrance hall. The carpeted flooring adds a comfortable touch, while the tall ceilings with ornate cornice details evoke a sense of elegance. This inviting space sets the stage for what lies beyond.
4.63m x 4.63m (15' 2" x 15' 2") The living room exudes timeless beauty. Discover the original marble fireplace, a centerpiece that adds a touch of sophistication. The room is adorned with sash timber windows, allowing natural light to flood the space. The ornate cornice ceiling feature adds a touch of grandeur to this inviting haven.
4.61m x 3.37m (15' 1" x 11' 1") The sitting room offers a cosy retreat and could act as a study or home office. The carpeted flooring enhances its warmth. Original sash windows frame delightful views of the front garden, inviting you to relax and unwind.
4.68m x 3.97m (15' 4" x 13' 0") The dining room provides an exquisite setting for shared meals and special occasions. The carpeted flooring adds a touch of comfort, while an open fire creates a welcoming atmosphere. Two sash windows allow natural light to fill the room, creating a delightful dining experience.
3.97m x 3.39m (13' 0" x 11' 1") The kitchen is a functional space designed for culinary adventures. Fitted kitchen units provide ample storage. The tiled flooring offers practicality and easy maintenance.
0.93m x 2.27m (3' 1" x 7' 5") Connecting hallway leading to the rear access to the back garden.
2.31m x 3.42m (7' 7" x 11' 3") The utility room offers practicality and convenience. It is a versatile space that can accommodate laundry appliances and storage, catering to the needs of modern living.
The shower room/WC features a WC, wash hand basin, and a shower unit. A sash window infuses the space with natural light, creating a pleasant and functional area.
4.21m x 2.29m (13' 10" x 7' 6") The landing/hall connects the various rooms on the first floor. It ensures a seamless transition between spaces.
2.49m x 1.60m (8' 2" x 5' 3") The bathroom with an enamel cast iron bathtub, and wash hand basin complements the functionality of the room.
Conveniently located, the guest WC provides a WC for visitors, ensuring privacy and convenience.
1.79m x 3.49m (5' 10" x 11' 5") This charming room features carpeted flooring and a sash window overlooking the garden. It provides a cosy space for rest and relaxation.
4.20m x 3.37m (13' 9" x 11' 1") The rear-facing double bedroom, offers a tranquil retreat. The sash window provides picturesque views of the garden, creating a serene atmosphere.
5.75m x 4.66m (18' 10" x 15' 3") This front-facing double bedroom boasts a sash window overlooking Tramore Beach, the Sandhills, and Brownstown Head. Enjoy the ever-changing coastal vistas and bask in the natural beauty that surrounds the property.
4.67m x 4.69m (15' 4" x 15' 5") This exquisite room offers a dual front-facing aspect, providing breathtaking views of Tramore Bay, the Sandhills, and Brownstown Head. Admire the intricate decorative cornices and center ceiling ornate features that add a touch of elegance to the space. The room also features a wash hand basin for added convenience.
4.23m x 3.42m (13' 11" x 11' 3") Find comfort in the carpeted bedroom, built-in wardrobes offer ample storage space, while the sash window overlooks the serene rear garden. This room provides a peaceful retreat within the home.
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Its central location on Priests Road is a major attraction of Brelade. It is within safe and easy walking distance of shops, including a major supermarket, pharmacy and post office, as well as the schools, library, cafes, specialist stores and pubs. Proximity to the Holy Cross Catholic Church is also a decided advantage for some people. Tramore’s amenities-the beach, the Doneraile, the Pier, Newtown Cove, the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, not to mention sporting facilities like the tennis club, are all easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. A resident of Brelade, with some strategic planning, could considerably reduce their carbon footprint, given the number of daily activities it is possible to undertake without ever using a car.
The house is well set back from the road and the front garden offers seasonal colour in its planting, as well as privacy. The small grassed area here is easily maintained and a gentle slope to one side allows for the easy moving of waste disposal bins via the path from the yard to the right of the house.
The yard is a secluded and sheltered place to sit, with two of its random rubble stone walls. The same stone was also used to build the slate-roofed outhouse, ideal for storing coal, wood or turf for the winter, as well as the mower and gardening implements.
Although there no longer is a garage, there is parking space for two cars immediately behind the yard wall, with access via the right of way which goes to the left of the neighbouring house and around to the back.
The chief attributes of the large back garden are its truly organic nature: the absence of chemicals since at least 1962; the existence of fruit-bearing apple trees which are c150 years old; the fact that so many of the trees, shrubs and flowers date from previous owners, and that so many more plants originated as cuttings from the gardens of other family members and friends, and then went on to self-seed and spread. Drifts of snowdrops at the end of winter, are followed by daffodils in various shades of yellow, then bluebells, fritillaries and aquilegias in shades of purple, pink, red and blue, moving on to golden rod in summer-and so it goes across the seasons. All of this combines to create a natural and flourishing environment for birds, bees and insects, and delights all of our senses.
In more recent years, potatoes, peas and rhubarb have been grown successfully and the garden has great potential for those who are committed to producing their own fruit and vegetables. The back garden of Brelade is a wonderful place for children to play, explore and exercise their imagination, as well as providing a haven of peace and tranquillity to be enjoyed. It can truly be described as a “rus in urbe”- a place creating the illusion of being in the countryside when still in town.