Gardener’s delight in Rathmines for €3.25m

High ceilings and modified garage – now converted into a dual aspect games room – among features of Edwardian five-bed property

One of the striking features of 51 Cowper Road in Rathmines, an elegant 281sq m (3,024sq ft)property, is the sense of space and light. Even though it is Edwardian, constructed in 1906, the ceiling heights are taller than many of its peers in Dublin 6. The fact the house is set over two floors with no returns means the interiors are flooded with light. This is especially true of the upper landing off which the five bedrooms sit.

The property has been home to the current owner for the past 33 years and is in superb condition. Two reception rooms lie off the spacious hallway and feature bay windows, original pine flooring and antique fireplaces. Though not of the Edwardian era – as they are older, the white marble fireplaces currently house gas fires, which new owners may want to change back to solid fuel for aesthetic purposes.

To the rear is a study which opens out to the south facing garden as do four further rooms; all meeting at a paved al fresco dining area.

Television room

Over the years, alterations were made – one of which was to connect a former garage to the house. Now linked through a television room, the former garage is a dual aspect games room with dark woods, old chesterfield sofas and a triple shade glass billiard lamp illuminating the snooker table.


The solid oak kitchen with black granite counters, despite being over a decade old, feels contemporary due to drawers being used in lieu of cupboards. The recess which would have housed an old range still stands; currently housing a small stove - the space and flues are there should new owners wish to install a range.

Upstairs are five fine sized bedrooms; some have views to the Dublin mountains and the line of old chimney pots on Palmerston Gardens.

The back garden stretches to 35m overlooked only by a lofty cherry blossom from next door. Set around a meandering pathway of flowering pear, variegated maple, hydrangea and blood red poppies, there is huge scope for green -fingered enthusiasts to develop further.

Houses on Cowper Road tend to be homes for life and rarely come to the market. Number 51, will make a fine family home and is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald with a bullish asking price of €3.25 million.