5 Stunning Homes Where Period Features Meet Modern Conveniences

5 Stunning Homes Where Period Features Meet Modern Conveniences

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Most people love period homes because they carry a unique charm and character but are concerned at whether there's a huge amount of work needed to live comfortably.  That’s why we compiled these traditional homes that have modern conveniences and contemporary interiors so all you have to do is unpack and enjoy. 


#1 Foxrock, Dublin



Brighton Road — Foxrock Dublin 18

Beds: 5

Baths: 6

Price: €3,500,000


Period elegance meets modern upgrades in Serena, a luxurious and imposing home with instant street appeal.  It boasts classical proportions, light-filled accommodations, impeccably-designed interiors and a magnificent 2-storey redbrick turret.


Nothing has been left to chance in the high-spec finish of this 435 sqm home.  Period details including crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces, decorative coving, centre rose and bay windows merge with impressive modern features such as multiple electric curtains/blinds, piped hoover system, laundry chute, and Bang & Olufsen music system.



A bespoke study and snooker room can be found at ground level.  The modern kitchen benefits from a vaulted ceiling, lantern roof light, in-frame kitchen, AGA cooker and large breakfast island with granite tops and patio doors.  On the first floor are three double bedrooms and a recently redecorated master suite with a walk-in wardrobe, luxury ensuite and a balcony with splendid views!  There’s also a self-contained bedroom with its own kitchen on the top floor.


Serena is nestled amongst 0.3 acres of beautifully landscaped south-facing grounds with double limestone carports, detached guest mews, a winding cobbled pathway and a patio area perfect for alfresco entertaining.  


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#2 Ranelagh, Dublin



43 Leeson Park — Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Beds: 4

Baths: 4

Price: €3,900,000


A redbrick end-of-terrace that has been architecturally reimagined under the watchful eye of designer John Rocha to provide stylish interiors beyond compare.



It was completely redesigned and extended in 2003 but has retained some of its antique features like intricate cornicing and timber sash windows.  A glass balustrade overlooks the dining area which has a triple-height ceiling.  The state-of-the-art kitchen has integrated appliances.  There’s a mix of limestone floor tiles and Canadian maple floors spread on three levels and the main bedroom has customised walk-in wardrobes, an ensuite with a full-size solid Limestone bathtub and glazed doors onto the private terrace.


Exceptionally located and within easy walking distance of both the City Centre and the village of Donnybrook, it also has front and rear gardens with bay trees.  There’s a limestone patio with a water feature, lawn, rear entrance, and garage on the side.  This light-filled Victorian is truly exceptional and definitely a designer home!


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#3 Clontarf, Dublin



36 Saint Lawrence Road — Clontarf, Dublin 3

Beds: 2

Baths: 2

Price: €1,150,000


This Victorian terrace was built in 1904 and has seen renovation and upgrades over the years.


The cleverly extended open plan kitchen/dining room has Velux windows and a glass ceiling, built-in kitchen units, an island, built-in appliances and bi-folding doors leading to the west-facing suntrap garden and large garage/workshop.  Though refurbished with a new roof and double-glazed replica sash windows, it still retained the original period features such as bay windows, high ceilings, ornate coving and original fireplaces.



The extra large master bedroom overlooks St Lawrence Road while the second bedroom overlooks the rear garden.  There’s a fully-tiled bathroom with a free-standing rolltop bathtub and a large attic room with Velux windows that can be used as a bedroom or home office. 


Located at one of Clontarf’s premier addresses, imagine the walks and strolls as well as amenities right on your doorstep.


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#4 Ballynoe, Cork



Killasseragh — Ballynoe, Cork

Beds: 6

Baths: 4

Price: €695,000


Originally built as a smaller residence dating back to the 1840s, this country retreat has been significantly extended, improved and finished with remarkable attention to detail.



Stunning period features are seen in the original house which was re-wired, dry lined and re-plumbed.  The upgrades and extension include solid oak flooring, double-glazed PVC windows, feature wallpaper and panelling, oil-fired central heating, smoke alarm, broadband and outside taps, to name a few.  The kitchen is well appointed with a large island unit, a 4 oven electric AGA, integrated appliances and French doors leading onto an inner courtyard with a wood-fired pizza oven, the ideal place for alfresco dining!


Nestled on c.5 acres of gardens and grounds, it has a fully-fenced paddock to the front and 3 outbuildings at the rear which were also upgraded.  The gardens are beautiful and the view from the kitchen over the fields and toward the mountains beyond is magnificent.  Could this probably be one of the most idyllic period homes in Cork?


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#5 Howth, Dublin



Kilcarrig, Balscadden Road — Howth, Dublin 13

Beds: 6

Baths: 4

Price: €3,250,000


The very striking exterior of Kilcarrig has so much to offer inside.  A wealth of original features seamlessly blend with the timeless modern upgrades carried out since its reconfiguration and extension in 1986.



Three interconnected reception rooms grace the first floor with windows that perfectly frame Ireland’s Eye and the ever-changing sea views.  The kitchen/breakfast room has wall and floor units and integrated appliances.  On the first floor, the master ensuite has a dressing room and all bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and windows that enjoy spectacular views.  The bathrooms are fully tiled with WC and WHB.


Set on an elevated c.1-acre site of landscaped gardens stocked with mature hedging and trees, Kilcarrig enjoys stunning unobstructed sea and island views. Meticulously cared for and having a degree of privacy not shared by other houses in this area, this is a coastal dream home!


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