Hollywood House: the €4 million sequel
With its background in dramatic old-world grandeur and a long career as a rambling family home, Hollywood House, in Wicklow, plays a star turn on its 100-acre stage with support from a gate lodge, a guest house and cameos from a line-up of quirks
When Hollywood House in Glenealy, Co Wicklow, was launched on the market in 2008, the dramatic Georgian house came with an A-list price tag of €9 million with 50 acres. This time around, like an ageing Hollywood actor, it’s working its assets a little harder and comes with a refurbished roof, more than 100 acres and a new price of €4 million through estate agent Savills.
But time has been kind to this fine period house which dates back to the 1760s. Perfectly poised above rolling parkland at the end of a long tree-lined avenue, the first impression ticks all of the “big house” boxes. What’s surprising is that once you’ve passed through the panelled double doors of the imposing front porch, the experience becomes more homely despite the house’s sprawling 720sq m (7,760sq ft) over three floors.
Hollywood has been home to the O’Reilly Hyland family since the 1970s. Dermot and Constance O’Reilly Hyland reared seven children in the house, and today their daughter and her family still live here. Dermot was a well known quantity surveyor and the interest in property passed to his son Charlie O’Reilly Hyland, a seasoned investor. Last year, he and his business partner Aidan Farrell, sold Woodhouse Estate in Stradbally Co Waterford for €2 million. Constance was a keen sportswoman and, just beyond the rolling fields that stretch out in front of the house, she founded the Wicklow Hunt Pony Club in 1975.
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Much of the décor at Hollywood remains unchanged since the previous generation lived here, but it has stood the test of time. The entrance hall is grand with parquet flooring and Ionic fluted columns leading to a wide staircase. Light pours into this space via a very unusual and beautiful lantern roof above. At some point the carpet on the stairs was removed – to allow parents monitor the nocturnal activities of errant children – and it jars a little with the otherwise decadent entrance.
The receptions on either side of the hall are large, well proportioned rooms with all the features characteristic of the period – ornate cornicing and plasterworks, sash windows and working shutters and carved marble fireplaces. The drawingroom has a beautiful bow window at one end, with French doors through to the garden. There are small surprises here and there – off the livingroom is a small bar/office, that at one point was used as a gun room – under the floorboards there’s a small trapdoor stash for gun cartridges.