Thursday 14 December 2017

Showtime by the coast Once host to some of the biggest film stars, Kelburne in Clontarf is now for sale for €1.9m writes Caitriona Murphy

Originally built in 1904, Number 128 Howth Road, also known as Kelburne, is an imposing Edwardian home in Clontarf.

The 336sqm home has a unique history, having been owned by one of Ireland's most influential families in the cinema business, the McNallys, between 1940 and 1980.

Joan McNally was married to a Mayo man by the name of Roughmeen, who made his fortune from exporting eggs to England during the war years.

During that time, the residence played host to some of the world's biggest celebrities, including Walt Disney and John Wayne.

The pair had a celebrity lifestyle, regularly travelling to America on the Queen Mary to visit their acting friends, and it was during the filming of the 1952 classic 'The Quiet Man' that John Wayne returned the visit and stayed at Kelburne.

In 1980, the property was sold to the current owners, who totally upgraded the house. The work included a new central heating system, total re-wiring, new bay windows and re-plastering and dashing the outside of the property.

Kelburne's original period features have been preserved in excellent condition, including a feature stained-glass window in the hallway, marble fireplaces in the lounge, drawing room and living room and open fireplaces in the bedrooms.

The property's bay windows, decorative coving, centre roses and timber panelling have been maintained throughout.

Now, having reared their family in the house, the owners have downsized to a smaller property and are asking €1.9m for their landmark home.

Set in landscaped gardens and grounds extending to 0.4 of an acre, Kelburne has extensive road frontage on to the west side of Howth Road, between St Lawrence Road and Stiles Road.

Accommodation in the three-storey home begins with an outer hall and inner hall, leading to the four main reception rooms: drawing room, lounge, living room, dining room/kitchen.

Off the kitchen is a utility room and a rear hallway with wc and access to the double garage.

Moving up one flight of stairs, there are four double bedrooms on the first floor, two of which are en suite. This floor also includes a family bathroom and separate wc. Two more double bedrooms are located on the second floor.

The property is located on a stretch of Howth Road that is so popular that few houses are ever sold. In fact, the last residence to be sold on this stretch from Number 122 to Number 148 was nine years

ago. Number 132 Howth Road was sold by private treaty for a figure believed to be around €2.4m.

The area has every possible amenity close by, including an excellent choice of schools, shops, churches, pubs and restaurants. Both Clontarf and Killester DART stations are within walking distance, and the area is well serviced by bus routes.

Recreational amenities include Clontarf golf club, Lawn tennis club, Clontarf rugby and cricket club and the sailing and yacht club.

Enquiries to Gunne on 01 8335844.

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