So vast was the back garden of 7 Gilford Road in Sandymount, Dublin 4, that the owner of the property decided it might be turned to better advantage.

In 2000, he applied for – and got – planning permission from Dublin city council for a three-bedroom, two-storey house on the site, with an entrance at Gilford Drive.

One of the conditions of the planning permission was that some of the existing trees would be kept and new trees planted, and that a garden would be laid out around the house.

An architect was commissioned, and the result is 18A Gilford Drive – an unusual, octagonal, cottage-style house with a turret, standing in a wraparound garden with venerable old trees for company.

Its cottage appearance ends at the front door, though, as the house is quite chic, modern and bright within, not to mention being well above cottage-sized at 2,056 sq ft.

The front door opens into the entrance hall where the glass-railed stairs curves around the turreted wall to the first floor, with a glass dome at the top.

At ground-floor level there’s an interconnecting living room and kitchen/breakfast room, both with French doors to the garden, as well as a walnut-floored study with more French doors to a front patio.

There’s also one bedroom on this floor with an en suite bath and two walk-in wardrobes. The other two bedrooms are upstairs and share an en-suite.

It’s half a kilometre from here to Sandymount Strand, and about the same distance in the opposite direction to Sandymount DART station.

If you walk for 400 metres north of the house along Gilford Road, you’ll reach Sandymount Green.

Number 18A Gilford Drive is for sale for €995,000 with Hunters Estate Agent (01) 668 0008.

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