Stunning former hunting lodge featured on RTE’s Room to Improve, has been renovated to a high standard with design by Dermot Bannon.
The lodge was built in the early 20th century by a London hotelier who used it as a hunting retreat. The current owners undertook a major renovation in 2013 under the guidance of renowned architect Dermot Bannon. The renovation involved the lodge and the mews behind it being completely reinsulated, rewired, replumbed and finished to a high standard. Linking the two is a new structure which incorporates the living room and a bright corridor. The new structure cleverly integrates both areas with the courtyards on either side. What has been created is a wonderful light filled home set in beautifully landscaped gardens.
To the front of the property there are electric wooden gates with a driveway that leads up to the house. The driveway is diverse hardwood trees, planted over 100 years ago. There is ample parking to the front of the house.
The entrance opens into the original sunroom that runs the width of house and features the original cedar tiles. This is a tranquil space ideal for relaxing. From here the main kitchen living dining area is accessed. The is a light filled space with a vaulted ceiling supported by wooden structural beams imported from Germany. The room features solid wood floors and a wood burning stove. The kitchen features high gloss units, solid wood countertops and integrated appliances. Ancillary to the kitchen a guest toilet, a utility room and access to a courtyard to the side of the house. There is a mezzanine level, that is accessed through one of the bedrooms. The mezzanine looks over the living space and would make an ideal home office.
Glass sliding doors lead through to a comfortable living space. This area features an inbuilt wood burning stove and sliding doors that lead out to the courtyard. This together with the corridor leading down to the bedrooms forms part of the new structure.
The master bedroom features a wood burning stove, built in wardrobes, deep pile carpets, sliding doors accessing the courtyard and an ensuite bathroom. The ensuite has a two sinks, a solid wood vanity unit, large format tiling and a skylight. The bedroom opposite features wooden floors, built in book shelves and looks out to the courtyard. A corridor leads down to the another bedroom, which features built in wardrobes, wooden floors and access’s the attic which is used for storage. The shower room features a monsoon shower and walk in shower with mosaic tiling.
The Shanty benefits from an idyllic location set amongst lakes and forestry. A very short walk away is a Coillte Forest with a number of trails. The house is a 9 minute drive to Saggart Village where there is a regular tram service into the City Centre and the M50 is an 18 minute drive away.
Renovated former hunting lodge
Dermot Bannon design
Light living space
Solid wooden floors throughout
Three wood burning stoves
High spec kitchen