Think of go­ing home to that house from the 1980s ESB ad

Evoca­tive five-bed Jamestown House sits in the mid­dle of 1.2 acres of gar­dens

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - FRANCES O’ROURKE

De­scrip­tion: Fam­ily home that starred in TV ad for sale for first time in over 100 years Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald In the fi­nal scenes of the ESB’s clas­sic 1980s Go­ing Home ad, the car bring­ing a young em­i­grant home draws up out­side an ivy clad farm­house glow­ing with light. He jumps out of the car as mammy rushes to the door to greet him in a scene that still tugs at the heart­strings, decades af­ter the ad was made.

The house in the ad is Lau­rence Roe’s fam­ily home in Kil­ter­nan, Dublin 18, built in 1906 for his grand­mother when she got mar­ried.

At the time, the farm­house stood on about 100 acres in an area where the Roe fam­ily has been set­tled since the 1600s. The di­rec­tor of the ad had spot­ted the house driv­ing past it on the En­niskerry Road and asked Lau­rence’s late mother Fay if he could use it in the ad.

Iron­i­cally, Lau­rence him­self never had a home­com­ing like the one pic­tured -- he has lived in the fam­ily home all his life.

Now he’s sell­ing Jamestown House, a 312.5sq m (3,364sq ft) five-bed sit­ting in the mid­dle of 1.2 acres of gar­dens through Sherry F i t z Ge r a l d for ¤ 1 . 5 45mill i o n. His sis­ter-in-law lives next door.

Jamestown House has been ex­tended and added onto over the years, and in­cludes a two-storey an­nex to the left of the front door which is linked to the main house; it looks from the out­side very much as if it was al­ways part of the orig­i­nal house.

In­side, it’s a com­fort­able fam­ily home with a quirky lay­out, open fire­places in nearly ev­ery room and richly dec­o­rated with an eclec­tic range of fur­nish­ings, car­pet­ing, and bric-a-brac. There are works of art ev­ery­where, most of which come with a story, says Lau­rence. Min­i­mal­ist, it’s not.

Struc­turally, it was re­fur­bished in the 1990s, rewired, re­plumbed and a new damp-proof course and new floor­ing put into the orig­i­nal house, along with cen­tral heat­ing. Three years ago, a new roof went over the back sec­tion and the roof at the front was refelted and re­bat­tened.

The front door of the house opens into the hall that’s glimpsed in the TV ad, widen­ing into a big­ger hall be­tween the kitchen and a con­ser­va­tory at the back of the house. The kitchen was added on to the house in the 1960s and has a tiled floor and ma­hogany units: it was the only room in the house not used in the ad – kitch-

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