Sunday 16 June 2019

Reviving Turvey legacy

Kingsland, Donabate, Co Dublin Asking price: From €430,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402

One of the bedrooms in Kingsland
One of the bedrooms in Kingsland
The exterior of the house
The kitchen diner with bi-folding doors that lead into the garden

The Barnewall family of Turvey House mansion, in the most historic part of what is now Donabate, were of Norman origin, having followed Strongbow to Dublin, before moving into large country estates in the north of the county and becoming one of the most powerful families in Leinster.

When the rebellion of 1641 broke out, and Irish Catholic gentry tried to seize control of the English administration in Ireland to force concessions for Catholics, Nicholas Barnewall, a former MP for Co Dublin in the House of Commons and the owner of the Turvey estate in Donabate, was tasked with raising armed forces to defend Dublin county. Instead, he fled to Wales with his wife and several priests and stayed there until the rebellion was over.

Nicholas, whose sympathies lay with the Roman Catholics of Ireland, was a friend of Charles I, who was likely influenced by his Catholic wife Henrietta Maria of France in creating the titles Baron of Turvey and Viscount of Kingsland for Nicholas, history suggests.

Turvey House was controversially demolished in 1987, but the legacy is revived in Kingsland, the name of a new development being launched in Donabate this weekend.

The exterior of the house
The exterior of the house

The scheme is being developed by Roxtip, a company led by Bernard McNamara, the prolific Celtic Tiger-era developer who went bust in 2012 and subsequently moved to Britain, where he emerged from a £1.01bn (€1.14bn) bankruptcy in 2014.

The first phase of Kingsland consists of 15 four-bed semi-detached homes. Each property has between 1,462 sq ft and 1,507 sq ft of living space spread across three floors and is priced from €430,000.

Externally, the homes are finished in Ibstock brick, with a Prestige hardwood front door from Munster Joinery, and UPVC windows, fascia, soffits and gutters. There is a charging point for an electric car at the entrance to the cobble-lock driveway, which has space for two cars.

Inside, there are higher-than-standard ceiling heights and timber-effect laminate flooring to the ground floor, complemented by contemporary-style skirting. Double-glazed bi-folding doors open from the kitchen-diner to the patio and back garden. The kitchen is fitted with handle-less units in a matte dove grey finish and with quartz worktops.

Upstairs, there are three double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor, while the second floor is home to a master ensuite. The other bedrooms are fitted with built-in wardrobes,.

The bathrooms come with chrome-heated towel rails, as well as floor and wall tiling while the ensuites are fitted with shower enclosures with chrome and glass doors.

The A-rated houses are equipped with an Aereco demand control ventilation system that ventilates each room, as well as an air-to-water heat pump that provides domestic hot water and efficient heating.

A commuter rail service takes just 25 minutes to reach Dublin city centre. A Dublin Bus service via the port tunnel takes about the same amount of time, while the M1 is a five-minute drive.

The showhouses will be on view tomorrow and Sunday, from 2.30pm to 4pm.

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