Monday 23 April 2018

'I'm selling €3.75m mansion - it's too big to live in on my own'

Gerald Kean at Drayton Manor Photo: Tony Gavin
Gerald Kean at Drayton Manor Photo: Tony Gavin
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

High-profile solicitor Gerald Kean's Drayton Manor mansion has been put on the market for €3.75m.

The celebrity lawyer's Wicklow home was put up for sale on Daft.ie yesterday.

Drayton Manor, near Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, has been Mr Kean's home for close to 10 years, during which he added a 1,400 sq ft extension.

The solicitor told the Irish Independent just why he put the house up for sale.

Kitchen/breakfast room at Drayton Manor
Kitchen/breakfast room at Drayton Manor

"It's too big for me to live in on my own. It's a magnificent property, and I loved it dearly.

"I'm in Dublin six nights a week, so that's also tricky," he said.

"I love the house, and I thought that, even at my age, I'd have family there, but it's too big for me on my own.

"There's 11 bedrooms, with the possibility of there being 14. It's just not suitable."

The entrance hall
The entrance hall

As for where he will move to, Mr Kean said he will live in Dublin, but will stay in Drayton Manor until it has been sold.

The lavish mansion boasts two acres of land, a traditional-style pub, a 52-seater cinema and a games house.

There are nine bathrooms, a handmade wooden kitchen and a double-height ballroom.

He also has a cigar room in the manor.

Drayton Manor has its own cinema
Drayton Manor has its own cinema

"You could be there and be anywhere in the world," he said. "You can just switch off, have a cognac and enjoy the classical music."

Irish Independent

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