Throw leg­endary par­ties at New­grange, Kil­ter­nan

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Feature - TIM O’BRIEN 2.35m

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.

Re­cep­tion rooms

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

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