Penthouse luxury with that country house feeling | 18 October 2023

This apartment offers luxe living, in a leafy setting whose tranquillity recalls grand country houses.


Price: €2.1m
Beds: 3
Agent: INHOUS at 01-5136866

The Thornfield complex may be right in the heart of Dublin 4, but the ambience from, this penthouse is of being on a peaceful country estate. Apartment 4 benefits from its triple-aspect windows looking out across mature evergreen trees, while from its balcony is the soothing, splashing sound from the fountains and water features across the surrounding landscaped grounds.

The two reception rooms both have cream wool carpets and feature fireplaces

Built during the late 1990s, Thornfield was one of the first developments of its kind in the capital, comprising 13 apartments and five detached houses on the over two-and-a-half-acre site. The low density affords a great sense of privacy, greatly enhanced by its delightfully green and leafy communal gardens.

The custom-made Newcastle Design kitchen is all streamlined elegance

Apartment 4, now on the market with INHOUS, is a ready-to-walk-into home exuding a feeling of comfortable luxury. With an interior extending to 244.2 square metres – about twice the size of a regular three-bed semi – and large interconnecting reception rooms opening to a very private west-facing balcony, this is also a home just made for entertaining.

The elegant look and feel of the penthouse are down to the current owner, who bought here seven years ago and completed a total fit-out – including a new kitchen and bathroom.

The large entrance hall, with natural wood floor, serves as the introduction to the generous space, with double doors leading off to the principal reception rooms. Through one set of doors there is a direct view from the hall through the dining room towards the balcony and the greenery beyond.
Both drawing room and living room are inviting spaces, light-filled from two sets of windows. It’s all easy-on-the-eye neutrals here in terms of décor, with cream wool carpets underfoot. Each room has a feature fireplace as the focal point.

The more formal dining room has the benefit of the sheltered, south west facing balcony with decking for al fresco dining and entertaining
All of the bedrooms are doubles, each with built-in wardrobes

The custom-made Newcastle Design kitchen is all streamlined elegance too, with its pale painted cabinetry housing Miele appliances, Miller Brothers marble countertops, antiqued mirror splash.backs and a cream porcelain tiled floor. There are also two full-height larders, while the working area of the kitchen extends to its own dine-in space with breakfast bar, and two windows overlooking the garden.

The more formal dining room has the additional al fresco benefit of the sheltered, southwest facing balcony with decking.

All of the bedrooms are doubles, with built-in wardrobes , and en suite bathrooms furnished to a high specification with Villeroy and Boch sanitary ware.

The master bedroom is upstairs and has double doors out on to its own private balcony as well as access to under-eaves storage space.

The property comes with designated parking for two cars, while the communal gardens will appeal to those seeking a low-maintenance home within walking distance of just about every city amenity.
An annual management fee of €12,000 applies; the management company is O’Dwyer Real Estate Management.

The location, opposite the junction with Nutley Lane and close to Donny.brook and Ballsbridge, is also within striking distance of schools, restaurants, specialist shops, the Merrion Shopping Centre, St Vincent’s private and public hospitals, RTÉ, and several health and fitness clubs.

The area is also well served by public transport, including city bus routes and the Dart at Sydney Parade.

The location will attract interest from a range of buyers at this upper end of the market. According to selling agent Rose Lyle, the property has already sparked enquiries from both home and abroad, from those downsizing to potential American buyers.



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The following payments may apply when entering an Assured Shorthold Tenancy:

First month’s rent In advance
Tenancy Deposit 5 weeks, or 6 weeks if annual rent is over £50,000
Holding Deposit One week’s rent, put towards your first rent due
Early termination when requested by the tenant A charge not exceeding the financial loss experienced by the landlord
Default charge for late payment of rent A maximum of 3% above Bank of England base rate, charged when rent is more than 14 days late
Default charge for replacement of lost key or security device Equivalent to cost incurred
Changing the tenancy documents after the commencement of the tenancy, including change of sharer £50 incl. VAT

The following payments may apply when entering a Non-Housing Act Tenancy:

A Non-Housing Act Tenancy is formed when the annual rent exceeds £100,000 or the property is occupied by a Company rather that an individual.

  Inclusive of VAT
Tenancy Setup Fee drafting and execution of tenancy agreement if supplied by us, collecting and holding the Security Deposit as Stakeholder, issuing protection certificates, if applicable, Open Banking type referencing of tenant and initial Right to Rent Checks £360
Check-in Fee checking into the property and reviewing inventory minimum of £130
Tenancy Continuation negotiating and drafting an extension £150
Change of Sharer – Deed of Assignment £120
Early Termination – Deed of Surrender £120
Guarantor Referencing Fee (each): £30
Deed of Guarantee Fee: £50
Late payment of rent 3% above the Bank of England base rate


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Lettings Service Only: 10%+VAT (12% inc. VAT) – Including rent collection
Letting and Management Service: 16%+VAT (19.2% inc. VAT)
Short Let (less than 6 months): 24%+VAT (28.8% inc. VAT)
Lettings Renewals Service: 8%+VAT (9.6% inc. VAT)
Lettings and Management Renewal: 14%+VAT (16.8% inc. VAT)
Short Let Renewal (less than 6 months): 24%+VAT (28.8% inc. VAT)


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