New home view: Fox Hall won't hang about furlong

The odds are that well-heeled racing enthusiasts who commute to Dublin for work will be drawn to Fox Hall, a new development of Georgian-style detached homes in Ratoath that’s less than 5km away from Fairyhouse Racecourse, the home of the Irish Grand National since 1870.

The double-fronted, five-bed properties, which are being built off the commuter town’s Curragha Road – near the Dublin border – emulate the Georgian era with their symmetrical proportions, chimneys, flat-roofed entrance porches, two front formal reception rooms, and sash windows.

The scheme at the northern edge of Ratoath consists of just five houses, but Curo Developments is considering applying for planning permission to build up to five more next year. Prices for the initial five homes, which are due to be finished in January, start at €700,000, with the showhouse and its contents selling for €750,000.

There are two slightly different house types at Fox Hall: type A measures 2,507 sq ft while type B extends over 2,476 sq ft. Like the Georgian originals, both designs are square-shaped, albeit with a modern twist in the form of a rear extension that accommodates the large family lounge area of the open-plan kitchen/diner.

Low metal railings form the boundary to the front paved driveway, which has enough parking space for at least three cars. Both the side paths and the French doors from the rear informal lounge lead to a paved patio and an enclosed private garden. The exterior walls of each home have a painted nap plaster finish. Two wall-mounted lamps and side glazing flank the entrance porch’s wooden front door, which is topped by a fanlight. The sash windows are Georgian in appearance but are high performance, double-glazed and have cream UPVC frames.

Inside, a double-height entrance hall leads to two front reception rooms. The living room has a built-in cassette stove, while the sitting room has an open fireplace complete with a limestone mantlepiece and a granite hearth.

Throughout the ground floor there are 9ft-high ceilings and white moulded timber panelling to the reveals of the inner sash windows. There is period-style white-painted wall panelling to the entrance hallway, the guest WC and to the white-deal staircase.

There are concealed sliding doors between the living room and the dining area of the kitchen. The contemporary-style kitchen from BeSpace is hand-painted in Wevet from Farrow & Ball and comes with soft-close doors and drawers, quartz worktops, upstands and splashbacks, a breakfast bar, and all appliances – including a wine cooler.

BeSpace also supplied the fitted bedroom wardrobes. Also on the first floor is a family bathroom and a single bedroom that could be used as a study. The bathroom and master ensuite are fitted with Italian porcelain sanitaryware, heated chrome towel rails, porcelain tiling, and rainfall-style showerheads. The A-rated houses are also equipped with Daiken heat pumps, underfloor heating, and a ventilation control system.

Fox Hall is within walking distance from the centre of Ratoath. For commuters, the M2 and M3 motorways are within a 10-minute drive while the M3 Parkway train station is a 15-minute drive, providing direct access to Dublin city centre.

The Fox Hall showhouse, which was fitted out designed by Claire Fahy in collaboration with Laura Ashley Interiors, is on view from 11am to 12pm tomorrow.

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