Monday 20 November 2017

Ronan and Yvonne's former home is going for a song

Singer Ronan Keating bought and lived in this house, now known as Kara Lodge, Stacumney, Celbridge, Co Kildare, for about three years.

Ronan and his wife Yvonne bought the house, which then had six acres, in 1999 for over £700,000 (about €890,000) on the same week when they sold their newly built home in Straffan for £500,000 (€635,000).

In 2001 they sold the lodge again, and were hoping to get €1m for it. At their first attempt at an auction, bidding peaked at €850,000 so they withdrew it and sold it afterwards for an undisclosed amount.

If they had held onto it for another few years they might have achieved around €3.2m at the peak of the market. Now it is being offered for sale for €1.25m.

Following the loss of an acre to a compulsory purchase, the house now stands on five acres.

While appearing relatively modest from the outside, in fact, the house has an extensive floor area of as much as 743sqm (8,000sq ft), which includes an indoor 36 foot swimming pool with a steam room.

In keeping with the show biz lifestyle, entertaining guests here is easy, as the house has a number of reception rooms. One is a large function room equipped with its own bar. An unusual feature of the sitting room is the overhead balcony area – an ideal place for guests to do their party pieces.

A self-contained area with three interconnecting rooms can be adapted easily for a range of uses, such as a guest suite, children's play rooms, or someone working from home might use this area for receiving clients, with one of the rooms acting as reception area or waiting room, and another an office suite.

Then, within the main house, there is a dining room, as well as a kitchen and utility room, and residents can also enjoy a sun room.

Of the seven bedrooms four are downstairs and two of these are en suite.

The very large master bedroom is upstairs and it has a walk-in dressing room. Two other bedrooms are also upstairs, along with an office.

To facilitate a trouble free lifestyle, the house comes with a central vacuum system as well as electric gates with a security access system.

The grounds are made up of rolling landscapes which include clusters of mature trees and a separate paddock, Its boundary is formed by stud rail fencing and a high cut-stone wall.

Kara Lodge will also appeal to commuters as it is only 2kms from both Celbridge town and Hazelhatch train station, a few minute's drive from the M4 as well as being convenient to public transport options.

Contact: DNG McCormack Properties 045 861595

Irish Independent

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