Throw legendary parties at Newgrange, Kilternan
Description: Large, five-bedhouse with gate lodge on 10 acres of lawn near Enniskerry. Agent: Colliers Everything about Newgrange in Kilternan, at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, is on a grand scale.
The bucolic setting for the redbrick, a l most mansion-sized house runs to 10 acres of lawns. For years the local parish held its summer barbecue in the grounds, at Christmas Santa was known to arrive by helicopter.
The 392 sq m (4,219 sq ft) property comes with its own 95 sq m (1,022 sq ft) gate lodge and the house is approached by a long sweep of tarmacadam drive. Twin sets of stone steps with ornate iron railings curve up to a double front door.
Newgrange was built 40 years ago by Dublin builder M J Clarke for the businessman Frank Johnson, who owned the Smart Brothers chain of clothing stores among other interests.
Internal doors are of polished mahogany and even the stables – later the incubation units for the successful Sam’s Cookies business – were built in redbrick with hardwood windows and doors.
Inside the front doors there is a large reception hall with a stone fireplace and an elegant sweeping staircase. A door leads to the formal dining room with views out over the gardens.
Johnson and his wife, artist Benita Johnson, liked to entertain and the formal reception rooms flow from the hall into a dual aspect drawingroom, which in turn opens into an enormous, fully glazed conservatory. The conservatory is large enough to have hosted a family wedding in bygone years.
Also downstairs is a family sittingroom again with a large stone fireplace, a country-style kitchen and a rear hallway opening into Benita Johnson’s