Friday 28 April 2017

Peek inside €1.2m period Clontarf Victorian which was a Celtic tiger showhouse

A Clontarf Victorian home has starred on television

The raised entrance at Winstonville House
The raised entrance at Winstonville House
The garden-level dining room is open-plan
The garden includes many features sourced in Chelsea
The hall with its floor motif
The open-plan kitchen which joins onto the dining room
The main living room with its mottled marble chimney-piece
The master bedroom
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

Who remembers Showhouse? RTE's Celtic Tiger-era home refurb programme pitted two contestants against each other to decorate and furnish a new showhouse apiece.

Each headed up a crack team of decorators and tradesmen to produce an interiors scheme to beat their rival, the fun and games presided over by interiors expert and presenter Neville Knott.

One compelling episode involved two elegant Victorian homes in Clontarf which had been acquired in rundown condition and restored from head to toe by developers Paul Dufficy and Co.

Winstonville (No64) was taken on by Dun Laoghaire-based interiors expert Mary Ryder, who was pitted against designer Eunan Byrne, the latter completing a makeover on Winstonville House (No62).

The hall with its floor motif
The hall with its floor motif

Both homes had already been fitted out with some of the most expensive Tiger-era gadgets, including a complex video intercom security system, an internal vacuum system, integrated stereo, electronically-operated security gates, thermostatically-controlled underfloor heating and fully paved and landscaped rear gardens.

The brace of Victorians, with features modelled in the Georgian style, are believed to date from the 1850s. Winstonville House was bought by a businessman and his family from the developers in 2007 and some of the swanky light fittings still remain from the Showhouse programme. However, since attaining the deeds, the new owners have taken this house on to a new level.

Today it is being placed on the market for €1.2m and many top-level furnishings bespoke for the property are included in the sale.

Winstonville House is entranced via high steps to the main front door and into the entrance hall. This has a high ceiling with an intricate stucco rose, apple green flock wallpaper and a parquet mahogany floor with a centre-floor circular star motif - similar in fact to those found on the floors at the nearby casino in Marino. The floors are a highly polished mahogany throughout.

There are interlinking reception rooms separated by double doors. Both rooms have matching cream and wine mottled period marble chimney pieces in an unusual shouldered design - antique French pieces sourced abroad and originally believed to have graced a house in Paris.

The living room also includes an elegant and resonant example of a Waterford-cut glass chandelier. Both rooms have ceiling roses in the plume style.

The garden includes many features sourced in Chelsea
The garden includes many features sourced in Chelsea

The home 3,000 sq ft over three floors. The large sash windows are original and have been restored to allow working use of the shutters, which fold away to each side. There's an office/study with dual aspect windows, and a cloakroom completes this level.

The first floor return on the stairs has a stained-glass window in an art deco style.

On this floor, you will find a modern bathroom and four double bedrooms. The master chamber has a fireplace with another mottled marble chimney-piece, as well as a bathroom ensuite.

At garden level is the modern kitchen and a dining room with French doors leading to the rear garden. Also on this level is a wet room, a playroom and a utility room.

The garden is largely paved and landscaped to a very high level, with many plants and installations sourced at the Chelsea Flower Show, including The Ostara Swing in Copper by Stephen Myburgh Designs and the fountain is by Lily Sawtell Design.

Most interesting of all, there's an old fresh water well which likely predates the house. This was uncovered during the refurbishment and crafted into an extra special garden feature.

The main living room with its mottled marble chimney-piece
The main living room with its mottled marble chimney-piece

Winstonville House

62 Malahide Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3

Asking price: €1.2m

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 8336555

The master bedroom
The master bedroom

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