Wednesday 19 December 2018

Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker revamping family's Irish holiday cottage

'Sex and the City' star and Hollywood husband building huge extension to their treasured holiday cottage

The Hollywood A-lister and husband Matthew Broderick are giving their holiday hideaway in Co Donegal a dramatic renovation
The Hollywood A-lister and husband Matthew Broderick are giving their holiday hideaway in Co Donegal a dramatic renovation
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick attend a screening of "To Dust" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Tabitha Hodge Broderick attend New York City Ballet 2018 Spring Gala at Lincoln Center on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
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Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, andTabitha Hodge Broderick attend New York City Ballet 2018 Spring Gala at Lincoln Center on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Stephen Maguire

As Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw, she dreamed of an apartment big enough to accommodate a lifetime's supply of Jimmy Choo shoes.

But now Sarah Jessica Parker is getting a kitchen big enough to fill an entire cottage - with life about as far removed from the Big Apple as you can get.

The Hollywood A-lister and husband Matthew Broderick are giving their holiday hideaway in Co Donegal a dramatic renovation.

The home, on the outskirts of the village of Kilcar, was bought by Broderick's family more than 40 years ago.

Hideaway: Work has begun on a massive renovation of Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker’s holiday home in Donegal. Picture: North West Newspix
Hideaway: Work has begun on a massive renovation of Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker’s holiday home in Donegal. Picture: North West Newspix

But it has remained untouched despite the celebrity couple bringing their family there whenever they can.

Now the traditional house at Roelough, Kilcar, is set to take on an amazing modern look with a huge extension on both sides. The new design boasts four bedrooms, a den, living area, a new kitchen complete with courtyard linking the old and new designs.

Indeed, the new kitchen will comprise all of the floorspace of the original cottage.

The couple received planning permission for the design in 2015, but have only started the redevelopment recently. Workmen were getting ready to put roof tiles on the new wings of the house this week.

The price of the renovation and extensions is not known.

The architects for the design, which boasts a corrugated roof and traditional sash windows, are Dublin-based Donaghy and Dimond of Francis Street.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick attend a screening of
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick attend a screening of "To Dust" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

The planning application states: "This cottage and outbuildings belongs to a family with a residence in this place for more than 40 years. The cottage has been kept with its surrounding outbuildings and 'gardens' and meadows around the house.

"They wish to continue this tradition from one generation to the next by conserving the original and upgrading the existing accommodation. The plan is to give a new lease of sustainable life to this home."

The huge renovation suggests the Brodericks could be spending a lot more time in their Donegal hideaway in the coming years.

Jessica Parker, Broderick and their children recently spent a number of weeks at the house. The couple were spotted in various parts of the county including Donegal Town and Ardara. She even took to Instagram to post a picture of herself and her family, including son James and their seven-year-old twins Marion and Tabitha doing a 1,000 piece jigsaw on a rainy afternoon.

She also posted pictures of them visiting a library and having tea and brown bread.

In her final post, the actress wrote about all she will miss about Donegal and Ireland. The list included turf fires, skylines, local Donegal tweed and the "open smiles" of locals.

Broderick previously spoke of his love of the location.

"Donegal, it's unbelievable. It gave me a whole new childhood in a way. Most of the people in Donegal knew me long before I was an actor. But even since then they don't talk that much about it, which is very nice. My wife still gets it, some people's eyes pop out of their head when she walks around, but not our neighbours."

Irish Independent

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