Inside this €3.5m plush Dublin party pad with its own bar, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi
D6 home of Virendra Rana was designed for entertaining
The Nepal-born designer and popular Dublin socialite Virendra Rana is well known for his extravagantly rich furnishings.
These incorporate bold splashes of primary colours with distinctly eastern-tinged styling. His stated aim when opening Ginger Brown at Dublin's Clarendon Street was to "bring summer to Dublin all year round".
The millionaire designer is also known for his globetrotting lifestyle, with a string of properties in different countries. Virendra and his partner Michael have, for example, completed the multi-million euro restoration of a period villa at Cap Martin in the south of France, which has since been described as the Cote D'Azure's most desirable property for holidays and entertainment. When they're not in residence, it rents out for almost €200,000 per month. In 2008, they sold Killiney Hill House for €9m.
Having been based in Ireland for 14 years, Virendra is also known for his lavish parties and entertainment at home at the couple's plush 'Mockwardian' spread at 52 Orwell Park in Rathgar, Dublin 6.
The house was completed in 2007 as part of an upmarket pocket development of three homes designed to imitate, in all detail, the big red-brick Victorians and Edwardians that this street is known for.
The designer took the six bedroom home spanning more than 5,000 sq ft and has since transformed it into the perfect party pad for entertaining - all done in sumptuously rich furnishing and colours in what he calls a "boho eclectic" style.
This includes such touches as cowhide imitation wallpaper, chandeliers of imitation deer antlers, with Thai carved wood panellings, Clive Christian kitchen cabinets and classical Italian designed bookshelves. What is likely to be Dublin's biggest party pad, 52 Orwell Park comes with a plush garden summer house, its own bar, a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and a walk-in "shoe room".
The designer previously brought this house to market some years ago at a time when sales at the top end were just not sparking. It was taken off the market with a price of €2.8m and Virendra went back to the drawing board to reconfigure it.
In the intervening period, he has completed a lavish redesign of a home that was already sparking with eclectic colours, furnishings and centre design pieces.
The property is back on the market this week through Savills, which is seeking €3.5m.
Set over three floors, this townhouse is entered via double doors and stone pillars into an entrance hall which has been completely reworked by the vendor to best offset the period style staircase, cornicings and ceiling rose. The hall runs into the kitchen/breakfast room, with Clive Christian rustic traditional country style cabinets, and then opens out into a heavily glazed seating area with a bay window and space for a dining table and chairs. Around the corner is an elaborate bar counter for serving your guests drinks in style.
This space in turn extends to an interconnecting drawing room and dining room with period-style fireplaces, wide panelled timber floor and fine ceiling detail. These spaces have an integrated sound system along with designer feature wallpaper. The interlinking spaces create a continuous flow which is perfect large numbers of house guests. The ground floor also features a third reception room, a guest WC, pantry and large utility room.
The staircase leads up to the first floor which comprises a very plush master bedroom with a large bay window, walk-in wardrobe, the unique shoe room and ensuite bathroom. This bathroom is furnished with a sauna, steam room and a Jacuzzi bath. The first floor also includes a fourth reception room with views over the south-facing garden and two more double bedrooms, both with their own ensuites.
The second floor has a large sixth bedroom, also with an ensuite, which has been converted into a home gymnasium and there is richly furnished study.
Outside, the garden has been designed with a patio area and gazebo/summer house to make the most of long evenings and al fresco dining opportunities. The garden has also been landscaped with astroturf and practical, but colourful, decorative plants and shrubbery to save on maintenance.
The house is near Rathgar Village as well as Rathmines and Terenure. Rathgar and Terenure especially are known for their boutique shops, cafes, wine shops and delicatessens.
The River Dodder Linear Park, which runs for miles in both directions, is accessed here at The North House just around the corner and within a five-minute walk, while Bushy Park is reachable in 15 minutes on foot. The property is located within a three mile radius of the city centre.
52 Orwell Park
Rathgar, Dublin 6
Asking price: €3.5m
Agent: Savills (01) 6634300