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The Grove, Killiney, Co. Dublin

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Development Land For Sale | 2.17 acres (0.88 hectares).
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***F.P.P to add an additional 16 bedrooms in a new extension and as part of a significant internal reconfiguration.***
***Planning application has been submitted to extend a previous permission for the construction of a two-storey five bedroom house.***

An imposing Victorian mansion built c.1840 situated on approximately 0.88 ha / 2.17 acres of mature elevated grounds with exemplary natural light and outstanding sea views across Killiney Bay.

The Grove is an imposing Victorian mansion built c.1840 situated on approximately 0.88 ha / 2.17 acres of mature elevated grounds with outstanding sea views across Killiney Bay. With accommodation extending to approximately 1,490 sq. m / 16,041 sq. ft. over four floors there are far reaching sea views from all of the principle rooms. While being operated as a nursing home, The Grove was extended in the 1970's with a mansard extension to the rear offering significant scope for modernisation or redevelopment subject to planning permission. Adjacent to the main house is an unmodernised coach house.

The Grove is approached via a tree lined avenue ascending to the large parking apron bounded by decorated balustrade. The interior of the original part of the property is of the arts and crafts period with a grand staircase hall featuring an arch with a rose and shamrock keystone to symbolise the connection between Britain and Ireland. To the left of the hall is the dining room with bay window, mahogany fireplace and an alcove with beautiful relief work. From the dining room there is a secondary door to the back hall and large commercial kitchen. To the right of the staircase hall is the morning room, also with bay window, fireplace and access through to the conservatory offering panoramic coastal views across the grounds and out over Killiney Bay. Adjacent are interconnecting drawing rooms, one with an intricately carved oak fireplace, the other with an unusual inglenook recessed fireplace believed to have been crafted from cherry wood. Both of these rooms feature bay windows with friezes in the top panes representing all of the Arts and Crafts disciplines. Beyond the drawing room is a large reception room in the new part of The Grove offering wonderful entertaining space and commanding views. Above this is a large terrace, ideal for al fresco dining or warm weather entertaining. Staying in the original part of the house there are ten principal bedrooms over the first and second floors most of which have access to their own shower room and eight of which offer spectacular sea views down Killiney beach and across to Bray Head. There are 17 further bedrooms in The Grove, 15 of which have en-suite shower rooms while there are three shared bathrooms and six WC's. There are numerous store rooms throughout, a rear staircase hall and the centre of the building benefits from a large open light well. At basement level there is a boiler room, a laundry room, a staff kitchenette and additional WC. The original part of The Grove has been extremely well preserved and restored by its present owners while the remainder of the building provides a fantastic blank canvas on which to build a dream home.

The Grove occupies an elevated site of approximately 0.88 ha / 2.17 ac of mature grounds offering breath taking sea views across Killiney bay. The tarmacadam driveway passes the woodland walk rich in spring flora and beautiful trees to include Scots Pine, Chestnut, Walnut, Cypress and Eucalyptus. A patio area has replaced the original pond with natural spring which could easily be reinstated by the new owners. Below the house there is an expanse of lawn while a wall and established hedging offers privacy from Killiney Hill Road. To the back of the house there is a courtyard with coach house and a walled garden.

The Grove is located on Killiney Hill Road enjoying a convenient position close to the village of Killiney, with nearby Dalkey village providing an outstanding selection of specialty shops, eateries, bijou restaurants and shopping facilities to choose from. Killiney village is well served by bus routes and the Killiney DART station on Station Road is within walking distance providing easy access to the Dublin City Centre.

The property benefits from having full planning permission in place (Reg. Ref. No. D14A/0309) for the construction of an additional 16 bedrooms. Increasing the overall number of bedrooms from 25 to 41. While a planning application has also been submitted to extend a previous permission for the construction of a two-storey five bedroom house (Reg. No. D10A/0382).

The Grove as it stands today is far removed from its likely beginnings as a single storey hunting lodge. Although little is known about its early history other than its original name Glenfield, its first known owner was solicitor John Hines who also owned the adjoining Merton Lodge. The Grove, as it became, was built by Hines as a two storey house in a cottage orné style with gables and decorative bargeboards.
From its sale in c.1855 ownership of The Grove passed to John Fitzgerald and subsequently upon his death a lease was granted by his widow in 1868 to Robert Exham, a prominent wine merchant who it is believed was responsible for the further development of The Grove and the addition of a third storey. Various occupants lived at the property until 1925 when James O'Mara and his wife Agnes took ownership.
O'Mara was a businessman and politician who became a nationalist leader and a key member of the first Dáil, becoming Trustee of Funds and travelling to America as a stowaway in 1919 to assist Éamon de Valera with a fund raising drive. He is best known for introducing a bill which made St. Patrick's Day a national holiday in Ireland 1903. The Grove was owned by the O'Mara family until Agnes' death in 1958

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5/7/2020 (yesterday morning)

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Public transport routes that service Killiney:

  • Train: Dart
  • Bus: 59
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