Wednesday 21 August 2019

The new home view: Ellington's unique style a work of Arts and Crafts

Three-storey home with period features is on Ireland’s third most exclusive street

From the front, Ellington looks smaller than it is from the rear, which reveals three storeys
From the front, Ellington looks smaller than it is from the rear, which reveals three storeys
The kitchen features a huge marble centre island
The living room of Ellington
The rear of Ellington, revealing the three stories

Ellington, a new five-bedroom split-level home off the leafy Temple Road, is much larger than it appears outside the cast-iron railings and security gates at the front of the Arts and Crafts-style property.

Once inside, the true scale of the three-storey home becomes apparent, as the sun filters through from the west-facing sunken patio and manicured gardens to flood the reception rooms on the main floor and the enormous kitchen downstairs with light.

The design of the 2,443 sq ft detached home is influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century.

Indeed, it is named after Duke Ellington, the renowned American jazz composer and band leader born in 1899 who was at his musical peak at around the same time the decorative and fine arts movement emerged.

The exterior of the home reflects the style of the choir building on the grounds of the neighbouring St Philip's Church. Indeed, one of the three top-floor double bedrooms overlooks the church's allotment.

Ellington is one of five bespoke houses built by Manorglen Properties on a U-shaped site on Temple Road to resemble some of the original period homes along the tree-lined road, most of which were constructed during the mid-19th century right up to the Edwardian era.

Temple Road was named the third-most exclusive street in Ireland last year in a survey carried out by this newspaper of four estate agencies that specialise in trophy homes. (More predictably, Shrewsbury Road and Ailesbury Road, the two prestigious staples of the Monopoly board, came in at number one and two, respectively.)

The outside of Ellington is finished with granite walls, copings, bands and window sills, along with a combination of cut Jura limestone and red bricks laid in weather-struck pointing.

There are natural roof slates and hand-cut timber eaves, dentils, soffits and facias are finished in a castle grey Farrow & Ball paint. The exterior is complemented by box hedging and large mature trees.

There is also parking space for five cars on the Ballylusk Wicklow gravel, with private space especially set aside for a vintage car near the right-hand side.

The period theme continues inside, with an electric dumb waiter that brings food up from the downstairs kitchen to the dining room at the rear of the main floor. The star Arts and Crafts features are the parquet walnut floors and ornate cornices in the hall and reception rooms.

There is also a guest bedroom on this level that could easily be used instead as a study.

The centrepiece of the lower ground floor is the hand-painted timber kitchen and large dining area, which has smoked and limed oak flooring, a real fireplace and doors leading both to the patio and to the steps of the raised garden.

The kitchen's centre island is topped with a slab of Carrara marble so enormous it had to be lifted into place with a crane. On the same floor is a bedroom that could either be used for guests, a teenage den, or for an au pair, according to DNG, one of the selling agents.

Upstairs, there is a further three bedrooms, all of which have painted fitted wardrobes. The master bedroom has an ensuite finished in Carrara marble and Villeroy & Boch fittings. Like the rest of the home, the décor is by Ventura Design.

Ellington, which has an A2 energy rating, will likely appeal to buyers who appreciate a period home but don't want to spend the time maintaining it and prefer the convenience of modern energy efficiency features, the developer said.

The prospective buyers may even be trading down from €4m-plus period properties in the area.

John Burns from Manorglen bought the Temple Road site in 1978. But it took nearly four decades before the site was built on, led by Burns's son Johnny. The land upon which Temple Road was built was originally owned by Henry John Temple, the third Viscount Palmerston, who twice served as prime minister of Britain during the 19th century.

Lord Palmerston, as he was known, left the his Dartry land to his step-son William Cowper Temple, the first Baron Mount Temple, and when it was subsequently built upon, the roads were named Temple, Palmerston and Cowper.

Nowadays, the Temple Road development is just a three-minute walk from the Luas stop at Milltown. The green line service from Milltown to St Stephen's Green takes about 10 minutes.


Temple Road,  Dartry, Dublin 6

Asking price: €2.5m

Agent: DNG New Homes (01) 4912600 and Sherry FitzGerald (01) 6671888 

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