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A tastefully restored D6 Victorian residence

Nadur, in Palmerston Park, offers an elegant lifestyle with modern comforts for €2.45m, writes Valerie Shanley

Published 18/11/2011 | 05:00

There is plenty about Nadur, 7 Palmerston Park, Dublin 6 to make viewers gasp -- and not just its €2.45m asking price. This is one of those grand period residences that gives the proverbial leafy D6 its classy cachet in terms of well considered restoration complimented with bespoke contemporary design.

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The stately red brick exterior, with bay windows and double arched entrance porch, signals an equally elegant interior where all of the architectural character of a 19th century townhouse is faithfully retained.

The entrance hall introduces that fusion of period and modern style, with the ornate coving and centre rose similarly replicated throughout many rooms. Stained glass side windows, polished hardwood floor and antique cast iron radiators, contrasting with dramatically dark walls, add to the stylishness. Yet despite the rich paint colours, this home is filled with light from tall sash windows, from French doors which lead out to the garden from the hall itself and from the upstairs landing.

In keeping with the original Victorian layout, the elegant drawing room is on the first floor and spans the full width of the house with views across Palmerston Park.

At entrance hall level, the first reception room is the bay windowed sitting room, with original shutters, and an Adams style fireplace. The bright kitchen looks straight out of a glossy interiors magazine spread, fitted with bespoke Chalon units and raised display cabinets with plate rack, and a Belfast sink. Appliances include a DeDietrich oven and hob, and a gas stove. Also at hall level is the study with Oakline bookcases, cast iron fireplace and herringbone timber floor.

Off the upstairs landing are: the drawing room; five bedrooms with period features and fitted Smallbone wardrobes; a shower room; and a large bathroom with cast iron claw foot bath, shower, antique radiator and original window shutters.

The gardens are a special feature of the property, designed and maintained by Chelsea Flower Show and Bloom gold medal winner Paul Doyle. A cast iron electronic gate leads to the side and rear gardens.

Nadur comes with its own unique history. No 7, originally No 1 Palmerston Park, was owned by William Francis Cowper-Temple, stepson of Lord Palmerston who served two terms as British Prime Minister in the mid 19th century. William Francis inherited several estates including the barony of Rathmines, where Palmerston Park and Road, Temple Road and Cowper Road were built and all of them are named after the family.

Contact Sherry FitzGerald 01 4969909

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