Book your room at a PV Doyle creation
FEW people will remember today that Ireland's best known hotel industry visionary, the legendary PV Doyle, was also a builder of houses -- albeit by accident.
Pursuing his vision of providing quality modern hotels at affordable prices he started with the construction of the Montrose in 1964 and soon moved on to the Skylon, the Green Isle and the Tara Towers.
Having successfully run a leading Dublin city centre hotel, the tall dapper entrepreneur broke away in the 1960's to build his own hotel near UCD. However it was found that the hotel was within Dublin City boundaries and therefore in breach of his separation contract from his previous employers -- that he would not build or run any hotels in the Dublin city area for a denoted period of time.
With the building already near completion Doyle was forced to think on his feet - so he turned that hotel project into apartments. Thus inducted into development, he decided to persist and began developing houses to a particularly clever format.
At the time there was a grant available for smaller family homes which was not applicable above a certain denoted house size. But PV Doyle spotted a clever niche -- he would build bungalows with huge attic areas. The attics did not count in the accommodation taken into account for the grant payment. Once the grant had been paid over to the buyer, the Doyle builders promptly came back and converted the upstairs into bedrooms.
Among the PV Doyle built homes is the Leinster Lawn estate in Clonskeagh. A five-bedroom property is currently for sale at Number 23. It has been placed on the market by the Lisney agency (01-6382700) seeking offers of €795,000.
At 2,000 sq ft, or twice the size of an average city residence, this house is well over the initial grant size. This house has recently been upgraded and there are five bedrooms with a master en suite, a garage to the front, an entrance hall and a large dining room and drawing room which runs the full width of the property.
The kitchen is a modern-fitted affair. The house comes with a large rear garden.
Clonskeagh is proximate to UCD and the Dundrum Town Centre as well as a 20 minute walk to the Luas. Schools in the area include Mount Anville, Alexandra and Gonzaga.