Langara House was designed, like many other detached private residences of the early Victorian era, to face east, so that the master of the house would wake naturally with the light of the rising sun. Great consideration was also given to orientating the house to benefit from the uninterrupted view across its own and neighbouring gardens, as far as Dalkey and Killiney Hill. To this end, the architect James Edward Rogers (1838 – 1894) designed Langara House with no less than six bay windows from which to benefit from the light and the views.
Commissioned and built circa 1860 by Arthur Samuels (1825 – 1893), a practicing solicitor and 'Proctor of Office' for the then Archbishop of Dublin, as his country home, the property still retains the peace and serenity of a country estate, yet is located within a short stroll of the seafront and the extensive facilities of Dun Laoghaire, Sandycove and Glasthule.
An imposing double fronted Victorian two storey over garden level residence (438sq.m/4,715sq.ft approx.) set on over half an acre (0.6 acres) of mature grounds, Langara House is set well back from the road behind electric gates and approached via a driveway lined with 200 year old beech trees.
Located within a few minutes stroll of the seafront, numerous local yacht clubs, Glenageary and Sandycove Tennis Clubs, Dart (Glenageary and Sandycove) and bus (No. 7) transport links, restaurants, farmers markets and the extensive shopping facilities and amenities of Dun Laoghaire, Glasthule, Sandycove and Dalkey.
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ENTRANCE AND MAIN HALL (8.2m x 2.1m)
Approached via a wide flight of granite steps, the substantial front door features a decorative fanlight and a large Georgian mahogany and brass bound internal lock and key.
The outer section of the main hall is tiled with classical sandstone flags with slate insets. Above dado, the walls have been hand painted with murals depicting classical architectural features and putti. Marble effect plasterwork decorates the area below the dado rail.
A pair of decorative arches lead to the inner hallway and the staircase. Apart from the cornices, ceiling roses and period features generally associated with a property of this stature, the hallway is further enhanced by a set of four magnificent Georgian solid mahogany panelled internal doors, which are believed to have come from a house on Merrion Square.
DOUBLE DRAWING ROOM (12.6 into bay x 4.65)
Two separate but interconnecting drawing rooms are located to the left of the hallway, with original polished floorboards, cornicing, centerpieces, working shutters, antique style radiators and numerous tall windows providing bright and elegant space for entertaining. Both rooms, connected by a large pair of fold-back panelled doors, feature open fires matching pillared with Carrara marble mantlepieces with slate inset and brass surrounds. A bay window overlooks the front garden and there are three other south facing windows/French doors, which provide access via the conservatory and a wrought iron terrace with spiral staircase, to the suntrap patio below.
CONSERVATORY (4.35 x 3m)
Accessed directly from the drawing room and via the patio below, the south facing conservatory includes Edwardian leaded glass panels, a sandstone with slate inset tiled floor and French doors to the wrought iron terrace with spiral staircase to the patio below.
DINING ROOM (6m into bay x 4.5m)
To the right of the hallway, the dining room, with cornicing, centerpiece, picture rail, working shutters, original polished floorboards, antique style radiators and pillared Carrara marble mantlepiece with gas fire, overlooks the gardens via the large bay window.
BUTLER'S PANTRY (2.2m x 2.1m)
To facilitate entertaining, the Butler's pantry provides wall and floor unit storage for china and glass, Siemens dishwasher, Beko under counter fridge, Siemens stainless steel 5 ring gas hob, Siemens Microwelle plus (microwave/regular oven) and stainless steel sink, set in a granite counter top.
GUEST CLOAK ROOM AND GUEST WC.
Discreetly tucked away off the main entrance hall is a hanging area for guest coats and an adjoining guest toilet with WC, WHB and polished travertine tiled floor.
STUDY (3.9m x 3.1m)
Located in a quiet corner off the inner hallway, with dual aspect windows (to the west and north) the study overlooks the entrance driveway. The hand-painted walls are decorated with classical stripes and gilt painted Napoleonic laurel wreaths. Polished original floorboards, ceiling rose and cornice work complete the room.
STAIRCASE TO FIRST FLOOR
An elegant carpeted staircase with brass stair rods and mahogany handrail lead to the first floor. The half landing features an arch top window.
BEDROOM No. 1. (5.3m x 4.6m inc. En suite)
A large double room with original polished floorboards, picture rail, working shutters, cornicing and ceiling rose with the bay window providing views across Glenageary to Killiney Hill.
EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM: Part tiled with Carrara marble, walk in shower with both fixed and adjustable heads, WC and WHB.
BEDROOM No. 2 (Master Bedroom) (4.8m x 4.5m)
Entered via a lobby area providing separate access to both bedroom and bathroom, this large double room has working shutters, picture rail, cornice, centerpiece and is dual aspect, with a bay window providing wonderful views over the gardens and beyond and a south facing side window.
BATHROOM (en suite to Bedroom No. 2) : (2.8m x 2.1m)
Fully tiled walls in classic stone including a pair of matching arch top mirror frames to reflect the pair of arch top windows overlooking the gardens. Polished timber floorboards, cornice, centerpiece, oval 'Bronte' whirlpool bath set in tiled surround, WC, WHB and separate shower enclosure (shower with both fixed and adjustable heads).
BEDROOM No. 3 (4.55m x 3.2m)
A double room with arch top south facing window, polished boards, cornice and ceiling rose.
BEDROOM No. 4. (4.45m x 3.55)
Entered via a lobby area providing separate access to both bedroom and bathroom, this double room has a south facing window with working shutters, polished boards, cornice and ceiling rose.
BATHROOM (en suite to Bedroom No. 4): (2.3m x 2.2m) Part tiled in polished Travertine with WC, WHB and an oval 'Bronte' whirlpool bath set in tiled surround, with chrome telephone shower attachment.
BEDROOM No. 5: (4m. X 4.6m inc. En suite)
A double room with dual aspect windows to the west and north, polished floorboards, cornice and ceiling centerpiece.
EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM: Part tiled with white and navy ceramic tiles, WC, WHB and walk in shower enclosure (shower with both fixed and adjustable heads).
Accessed via a short flight of stairs, the walk in linen room provides shelf and hanging space for storage of bed linen, towels etc.
Accessed via a staircase from the main entrance hall, the lower hall is tiled with travertine flagstones and includes an area currently used, as an additional computer/printer station.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: (12.6m into bay x 4.45m)
The kitchen provides two distinct areas for breakfast and dining tables plus additional high stool seating at the countertop. The large room is lit by a bay window, side window and a glazed door leading directly to the south facing patio and garden beyond.
A four oven cream Aga (gas) takes centre stage, in addition a pair of Siemens electric ovens with an Elica extractor hood, Siemens 5 ring gas hob, Siemens stainless steel dishwasher, integrated fridge and cream hand-painted floor and wall units with 'Blue Pearl' Granite countertops with a blue and white glazed tile splash back. Mobile painted timber island unit with storage areas and white limed worktop.
Original classical blue and white mosaic floor tiles feature in the working area of the kitchen, with wide pitch pine floorboards in the main dining area.
UTILITY ROOM (4.9m x 2m)
Accessed off the kitchen, the utility room has a range of fitted storage units and open shelves, stainless steel sink, original blue and white wall and floor tiles, Siemens washing machine, freestanding Electolux fridge and freestanding Electrolux freezer.
SITTING/FAMILY ROOM (5.9m into bay x 4.6m)
with original polished floorboards, Victorian style pine mantlepiece with cast iron inset and open fire (with gas supply) and bay window.
BOOT ROOM/STORE ROOM
With tiled floor and fitted with full height storage units (hanging and shelves) and a door giving direct access to the driveway.
CLOAK ROOM & SHOWER ROOM
Accessed via an inner hall with hanging area for coats, the garden level shower room has polished travertine wall tiles and glazed pebble floor tiles, WC, WHB and a corner shower enclosure.
LANGARA MEWS (126sq.m/1,356sq.ft approx)
With an internal door giving access from the lower inner hallway of the main house, the mews can be used as additional accommodation to the main residence or as an entirely separate home.
Built in 2006 to a classical style, the mews is located off the main driveway, in an area once occupied by a yard with horse boxes and a garage. The arched mews hall door opens to a hallway with pitch pine flooring.
MEWS GUEST BATHROOM (ground floor) (3.4m x 2m)
Fully tiled in gold travertine and mosaic with arched window fitted with cream timber plantation shutters, WC, WHB, corner shower enclosure (shower with both fixed and adjustable heads) and oval “Bronte' whirlpool bath within a tiled surround.
MEWS BEDROOM 2 (ground floor) (3.8m x 3.4m)
with polished pitch pine floor, arched window and plantation shutters
MEWS LIVING/DINING (average 9.1m x 5.3m)
The large open plan living/dining area with pitch pine floorboards, Victorian cast iron mantlepiece and open fire, four leaded glass roof lights, double doors to the south facing patio and a staircase to upper level.
MEWS KITCHEN (average 4m x 3m)
Adjoining the mews living/dining area, the mews kitchen has a further set of double doors to the patio garden, a Velux skylight, 2 door cream Aga (gas), Cream Smeg fridge/freezer, Siemens stainless steel under-counter freezer, Siemens stainless steel double electric ovens, Hoover dishwasher, Siemens 4 ring stainless steel gas hob and extractor hood, cream hand-painted wall and floor units, stone tiled splash-back and granite countertops with overhang seating area for high stools.
MEWS – carpeted staircase from open plan living area to FIRST FLOOR
MEWS - UNDER EVE STORAGE – including an under eave area housing the Zanussi washer/dryer.
MEWS - MASTER BEDROOM No. 1 (5.5 x 4.5)
With polished pitch pine floor, built in wardrobes, Velux roof window, under eave storage space and arch top south facing window overlooking the patio.
MEWS - BATHROOM (first floor) (4.5m x 2m)
with polished pitch pine floors, arched window with plantation shutters, W.C., WHB, corner shower enclosure (shower with both fixed and adjustable heads), oval 'Bronte' whirlpool bath set in tiled surround, airing cupboard and storage cupboards.
MEWS – EXTERIOR:
To the rear, double doors from the living area and the kitchen area open out to a small south facing patio area which adjoins the larger patio area and gardens of the main house.
GARDEN: 0.6 acres
The gravel entrance driveway is lined with majestic 200 year old beech trees beneath which grow woodland flowers such as daffodils, bluebells and wild garlic. The garden is stocked with a variety of mature trees, hedges, shrubs and flowering plants including holly, yew, laburnum, plum, acacia, acur palmatum, silver birch, box hedging, vine, wisteria and a large pink flowering magnolia.
A short flight of York stone steps leads down from the graveled forecourt to the lawn, ideal for entertaining in a marquee. One such wedding reception was recorded in 1937 when the owners at the time, Mr. & Mrs. George Ackerley hosted the celebration when their daughter Betty ('one of the Akerley girls') married Edward Brownett. The marriage service was held at St. Paul's Church on Silchester Road and the reception held at their home, Langara House, in a marquee on the lawn. Many celebrations have been staged 'on the lawn' since then.
The lawn is also used for less formal events and features a timber framed two storey children's play house with ladder steps and a slide.
A garage with storage area is located in the north west corner of the garden, accessed via a continuation of the gravel driveway.
Sheltered by a high granite wall, the south facing York stone patio is the location of choice for both entertaining and impromptu everyday meals in the garden, due to its convenient proximity to both the main house kitchen and the mews kitchen. Further easy access to the conservatory and drawing room above is via the wrought iron spiral staircase and terrace.