Sunday 22 October 2017

Peek inside upscale apartment in the Jameson mansion home on the market for under €1m

Jameson mansion home offers big house living for less than €1m

The red-brick exterior of Sutton Castle, the former 40-room mansion of the Jameson whiskey dynasty, now an upscale apartment complex
The red-brick exterior of Sutton Castle, the former 40-room mansion of the Jameson whiskey dynasty, now an upscale apartment complex
One of The Jameson's bedrooms
Views from Sutton Castle across Dublin Bay to Poolbeg
Detail of the upstairs landing
The carved pine Victorian fireplace
The drawing room of the 1,880 sq ft 'Jameson' home
The imposing entrance hall with ornate staircase
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

Sutton House, formerly the heart of an international whiskey empire, was one of Ireland's most extravagant private residences. The 40-room mansion was constructed as the Dublin seaside retreat of the Jameson distilling family, who were otherwise based at Fitzwilliam Square.

Perched on the cliffs at Sutton, it was commissioned to the architect Alfred Darbyshire who completed it in a Tudor revival style in 1895 for Andrew Jameson, grandson of the famous distillery's founder. It was finished at a time when the Jameson family was at its wealthiest and Irish whiskey was the most sought-after in the world.

The house came with seven-and-a-half acres of pleasure gardens with strolling paths and water features, against a wooded hillside backdrop of mature trees. It was sold by his daughter, the artist Harriet Kirkwood, in the 1970s and for a time it became the Sutton Castle Hotel. But in 2001 it was redeveloped into eight luxury apartments, with nine built on in a new west wing. This offered buyers a chance to live in a fairytale mansion in apartment homes twice the size of two semis.

In the last two years, a brace of these apartments have sold for more than €1m apiece in a complex that is today very popular with corporate lets.

The imposing entrance hall with ornate staircase
The imposing entrance hall with ornate staircase

Traces of the Jameson family remain in the family coat of arms and the motto - Sine Metu ('without fear') - on the front of the house. The main staircase has been fully restored, with stags' heads looking down over the stairwell. A lift has also been installed, which will please big house empty-nesters looking to trade down to big house grandeur in more manageable surrounds.

At 1,880 sq ft, The Jameson has just come to market. The three-bedroom apartment is located on the first floor and includes the drawing room of the original house, where generations of the Jamesons entertained their society guests.

As its focal point is the massive and elaborately carved Victorian pine fireplace by Highway & Sons, Manchester (circa 1890), along with the family's viewing window of Dublin Bay, through which they could see from the Sugar Loaf to Dublin Port and all across the city centre. The floor in this room, as in the hall, is in chevron-pattern solid French oak.

Accommodation comprises a fine entrance hall, a kitchen cum breakfast room with Quebec cream porcelain tiles, units by Alno and integrated stainless steel appliances. There's a living cum dining room and three bedrooms, with the master chamber having its own ensuite.

There's also a main bathroom, and the study has double doors leading out to the southwest-facing private terrace, which is sunk into the side gardens and bordered by mature trees.

There's access to the seven-acre gardens and the grounds and security are watched by an on-site concierge. This apartment comes with two parking spaces.

Views from Sutton Castle across Dublin Bay to Poolbeg
Views from Sutton Castle across Dublin Bay to Poolbeg

The Jameson goes on the market this weekend through Gallagher Quigley and the price is €895,000. The property will appeal to seaside lovers trading down from smaller big houses in the area.

Sutton Castle

Sutton, Dublin 13

Asking price: €895,000

Agent: Gallagher Quigley (01) 818300

The carved pine Victorian fireplace
The carved pine Victorian fireplace

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