Tuesday 21 November 2017

Style that's always in fashion - the cut-stone house built by Guinness

Designer Caroline Kilkenny has put her own stamp on period cut-stone home built by Guinness

The ktichen at Clonard which leads into the dining room and garden
The ktichen at Clonard which leads into the dining room and garden
The exterior of the house
View of the back with the mews and garden
The designer Caroline Kilkenny
One of the bedrooms
The living room
The dining room
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

Fashion designer Caroline Kilkenny can lay claim to creating clothes for princesses and state leaders. For a time, based in Doha in the 1990s, she designed clothes for the royal family of Qatar.

She and her sister Nicola collaborated for many years under the well-known N&C Kilkenny label which set out to provide "affordable luxury" for women.

At home in Ireland and abroad, the former president Mary McAleese dazzled on the international stage throughout her term with outfits designed by Kilkenny which combined elegant and simple designs with hints of period grandeur.

Now out on her own again, Caroline Kilkenny is showing her latest collection which has been described as "a refreshing and inspired look which presents us with a gentle sophistication that is seductive yet wearable".

The exterior of the house
The exterior of the house

Kilkenny is a designer with decades of experience whose continued aim is to provide good design based on quality fabrics for those who "like to dress up".

She is also known for her carefully tailored coats and jackets, wovens and jacquards from Italian mills, and structured dresses.

When she wants to put her feet up, however, she has reposed for the last 15 years with her husband at their period cut-stone terrace cottage in Kimmage, Dublin 12, which has been restored, like her own creations, with rich warm colours and swishy touches. Now the family are selling up to move on.

Built 101 years ago in 1916 by Guinness for its management workers at James's Gate, it is constructed with the same precise and decorative workmanship for which the firm became famous in its worker housing during the period.

It comes with its original sash windows, a mixed granite and Dolphin's Barn brick frontage - which was ferried up the canal on barges from Dublin port off ships from England.

The roof has original Bangor Blue slate tiles and the house has underfloor heating.

View of the back with the mews and garden
View of the back with the mews and garden

The owners installed a double-storey extension back in 2006 to open up the property and added in reclaimed period fireplaces more in keeping with the period in which the house was built.

Kilkenny had a bespoke German-made kitchen installed, with marble worktops.

The family also had the house fully insulated, rewired and replumbed and a 10 metre long by three metres wide detached studio workshop has been added from which Kilkenny has conceived many of her most popular dress and suit creations. This makes the property ideal for a creative requiring a private and substantial city proximate space in which to work from home.

There are two parking spaces in behind electric gates. The accommodation includes an entrance hall, a living room, an open plan kitchen, dining and family room, a guest wc and a utility room along with a master bedroom which comes with walk through wardrobes and its own ensuite.

There are two other double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Recent sales in the area saw a three-bed home at 44 Poddle Park sell for €533,000. The top designer is looking for €525,000 through DNG in Terenure.

619 Clonard Road

Kimmage, Dublin 12

Asking price: €533,000

Agent: DNG (10) 4909000

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