A 'Gone with the Wind' staircase and landscaped gardens: inside this dreamy €1.5m home in Kinsealy
Located minutes from Dublin Airport, San Michelle is ideal for the frequent flyer
If it were possible to pick up San Michelle and transport it 10 minutes' drive away to the Abington estate in Malahide, beloved of the great and the good of the North Dublin glitterati, then its price would probably be double the €1.5m that's being asked for the property, which is listed today as being located in Kinsealy, although would equally be at home in Swords.
The Drynam end of Kettles Lane is old farm and equestrian 'big house' territory with Charles Haughey's former seat at Abbeville located only a few farms over.
The proximity of San Michelle to Dublin Airport, just five minutes' away, is also sure to make the property of interest to a cohort of buyers for whom overseas commuting is an intrinsic part of their working life. For anyone who needs to hop on a plane regularly, and sometimes at short notice, this is a house that will all but do away with the uncivilised early morning and late night trips to the airport. It's also convenient to the M50 for those who need to travel to the north or around the rest of the country by road.
The current owners of San Michelle, which was built about 20 years ago, have placed the house on the market because they plan to downsize. The house is a stone-clad modern mansion standing on a nicely secluded site of an acre. It is clear that there was no stinting when it came to choosing fixtures and finishes, both inside and out, and the impression is of a home intended to be both comfortable and luxurious, with some glamour thrown in for good measure. High ceilings throughout add to a sense of generosity of design, while features such as a sauna, integrated vacuum system, security cameras, outdoor lighting and a sophisticated alarm system are added attractions.
Two long driveways lead off Kettles Lane to the house and its detached garage; the main entrance has electric gates for access to the main house, which has a water feature to the front.
A marble-floored entrance leads through to the main hallway, with a dramatic Gone With The Wind-style double staircase leading to the bedrooms on the first floor. There's an open marble fireplace in the hall that must be a welcoming sight for visitors on cold winter nights. Off the hall is a handy cloakroom and a guest lavatory.
The formal reception room is a large space fitted with another open fireplace, floored in solid cherry wood, as are three further reception rooms, including a study. Many of these rooms feature fitted cabinets and shelving in cherry wood designed by master craftsman, John Daly, of Castleblayney in Co Monaghan, and one has its own bar, which must make it easy to throw the odd impromptu party.
Double glass-panelled doors lead from the hallway to the kitchen, which has two huge bay windows that overlook the landscaped front gardens. The kitchen was also designed and hand-painted by John Daly. There are electric blinds, granite worktops, and a huge island unit with shelving, storage, glass cabinets and an integrated wine rack. More bespoke units surround the free-standing, American-style fridge freezer. The utility room also features wall and floor-mounted units by Daly, integrated microwave and double sink, so can function as a back-up kitchen - convenient for entertaining.
Also on the ground floor are a walk-in wet room with marble floor and built-in wardrobes for storage, and a dedicated storeroom. Upstairs the landing is floored in solid oak and there's a skylight to maximise the amount of natural light. There are five en suite double bedrooms, all with either walk-in or fitted wardrobes, again by John Daly.
Outside, the gardens are planted with mature trees and shrubs and there is nice Liscannor stone paving to the rear with steps down to some intricately planted beds; there's a patio area to the side, as well as a boiler house and storage room, and a detached garage with more storage.
In terms of shopping, San Michelle is convenient to both the Pavilion and Airside Shopping Centres.
Slightly further afield is the upmarket village of Malahide, with its abundance of shops and restaurants.
The Property Price Register records the sale of San Michelle in January 2017 for a price of €1.2m.
Asking Price: €1.5m
Agent: Kevin Flanigan Estates, (01) 8453459