Pembroke Lodge, Dargle Lane, Bray, Co. Wicklow


5 Beds - 2 Bath - 202m2 - House
HJ Byrne Estate Agents are truly delighted to present this stunning period residence standing on highly acclaimed gardens extending to 1 acre for sale by private treaty.

This early 19th century stone built detached residence was formerly a hunting lodge on the grounds of the Pembroke Estate. This exceptionally charming period home is set in superb gardens in a very convenient location close to all amenities in Bray, Enniskerry village and the surrounding areas.

Owned and lovingly cared for by the current owners for over 50 years, this truly unique property presents a rare opportunity for a discerning buyer to secure a spacious and light-filled family home in beautiful gardens.

This fine period house is located in a dramatic setting, against a backdrop of sloping lawns graced with specimen trees. The entrance bridge overlooks a formal walled garden leading to a private driveway with ample parking, bordered on one side by a planted granite alpine wall and on the other by large walled flower beds leading to the upper levels of the lawns and garden, offering a fine welcome to this attractive and much-loved family home.

Inside the house

Inside this carefully maintained and light-filled property, a glazed porch area opens onto a formal double reception room with period windows and wonderful garden views. A large white stone fireplace with wood-fired stove forms the centrepiece of the room. Double French doors from the living room open onto a spacious hallway lined with bookshelves which may also serve as an additional reading/study area.

A generously proportioned and modern kitchen diner opens onto its own west-facing patio with a rustic feel afforded by the vintage yellow brickwork, reflecting similar attractive brickwork at the entrance to the property.

Downstairs also features a sunny primary bedroom with adjacent bathroom, airing cupboard and wardrobe storage. A particular feature of the main bedroom is the view of the garden through an extra-large picture window which extends across one side of the room. An additional feature is the outdoor area accessed from this room.

Upstairs includes four good sized bedrooms (3 double and 1 single), two with period window features and two with double aspect windows. Also situated upstairs are a generous landing lined with bookshelves, a family bathroom with bath and separate walk in shower and a tranquil study/home office. The study/home office opens onto its own private patio at the back of the house facing the upper levels of the garden.

Additional features include a large garage which provides excellent storage space for all garden materials and also serves as a useful utility/laundry area plumbed for a washing machine. This large and flexible space includes a full size garage door to the rear should a covered area be required for a car.

The Gardens

A particular feature of Pembroke Lodge is its stunning and beautifully maintained gardens designed by Martin Walsh. The cleverly conceived garden design makes full use of the various garden levels as detailed in a feature article by Shirley Lanigan in The Irish Garden in 2015.

Well designed garden levels throughout the property are used to showcase an impressive and broad-ranging array of plants, some of rare provenance. Areas of shade are bestowed with fascinating planting design in addition to sunnier spots.

The bridge at the entrance overlooks a sunken walled garden on the left and a spring garden to the right with choice early bulbs and shade loving plants and shrubs.

A highlight is the sunken garden which evokes a true sense of history. It was created out of a railway cutting made as part of the planned Bray-Enniskerry railway (works commenced circa 1885 but were abandoned due to lack of funding). This garden features raised beds containing a wide variety of plants to suit full-sun planting at one end, merging with shade loving plants and leading to a fernery at the bridge end of the garden. This area contains choice ferns and mature Himalayan Rhododendrons which reach up to the railed bridge at the entrance to the drive. A mature Alder tree provides shade and is underplanted with spring bulbs. A double Beech hedge with its own hidden pathway offers a natural organic boundary to the western side of the property, in fine contrast to the old railway granite wall on the eastern side of the sunken garden. Additional features enhancing the space include a paved patio favoured for breakfast and morning coffee and a formal lawned area that has played host to a range of lawn games and events over the years.

The top of the granite wall enclosing the railway garden features an Alpine garden with a variety of specially chosen alpines for seasonal display.

A south-west facing terrace with Liscannor stone paving is located to the rear of the garden at the same level as the house. This seating area overlooks a south facing walled garden planted for colour throughout the year, from early spring bulbs to summer herbaceous planting and autumn colour. This area is a particular sun trap, and a perfect location for dining at lunchtime and in the evening.

To the back of the house, overlooked by the kitchen, a contained pebbled garden area provides a sheltered option for outdoor dining. An outdoor covered area beside the garage will appeal to garden enthusiasts as a potting area for plants and is bordered by a herb garden enhanced by climbing clematis.

The mid-level of the sloped gardens to the back of the house features gravelled terraces with Mediterranean style planting leading to a French style potager with herbs and vegetables. This area also includes a paved patio which can also be accessed from the upstairs study.

Climbing plants are used to great effect throughout the garden and include a very attractive wisteria on the front of the house. Many varieties of clematis, jasminoides, climbing roses and hydrangeas are dotted throughout the property.

Garden enthusiasts will be enthralled by the variety of planting in this carefully curated landscape, a design which beautifully complements the unique sloped setting and the fine specimen trees. These include an attractive pair of twin Japanese Cedars and other tree specimens dotted throughout. The flower beds at mid-level also include a remarkable pair of mature Japanese acers.

Closing comments

This truly unique period property and its enviable garden setting will appeal to a broad range of buyers.


Southbound M11/N11

Driving south towards Wexford - go to the end of the M11.
Pass Exit 6 for Bray /Fassaroe, Keep straight for about 500 metres on the N11 Dual Carriageway. Pass a large GREEN Dual Carriageway signpost for Wexford /Rosslare and then you will see 2 white signposts for Dargle Lane, Get onto the hard shoulder to turn sharp left, onto the lane (U turn), (There is a green pedestrian overhead bridge ahead, Do not go under the bridge - turn onto lane just before the bridge). The lane is a cul-de-sac with just The Hire Shop Bray, Deerpark Motor Company and 3 houses. Pass The Hire Shop Bray, the N11 Deerpark Motor Company and a bungalow on the right. Pembroke Lodge is the next house on the right.

Northbound N11

Driving North from Wexford direction on the N11 pass exit 6A Enniskerry, Exit at Exit 6, At the Roundabout take the 3rd right over the bridge. At the next roundabout take the first left going south, signposted Wicklow/Wexford. Drive about 500 metres immediately after the sign for Wexford/Rosslare, sign for Dargle Lane the next left, onto Dargle Lane a cul de sac, Pembroke Lodge is the third entrance after the garage and there is a name on the wall at the entrance.