Robin O'Reilly's D6 refurbished home has everything - including a room for the shoes. Rose Doylereports
Socialite Robin O'Reilly has put her Dublin home on the market at €6.25 million. The lavishly refurbished house on Leeson Park in Dublin 6 has been her home for the last 14 years. Dr O'Reilly, the estranged wife of Tony O'Reilly Jnr, plans to move to London to take up a new job in the international art market.
Number 26 Leeson Park, which will be auctioned by Colliers Jackson-Stops on Mary 23rd, is an elegant Victorian house with great reception rooms and luxurious bedrooms - not to mention a bathroom that can take hundreds of pairs of shoes.
A sweep of granite steps lead up to the entrance and a three-storey add-on to the side fits in seamlessly with the house.
This, inside, has given space for some interesting architectural innovations, notably an open plan, separate reception area at garden level and bathrooms on other floors.
The 371sq m (4,000sq ft) semi-detached house has five bedrooms, four reception rooms and a kitchen/breakfastroom. The house has been continuously upgraded over the last 14 years.
The pleasant, cool-toned, garden level living area is the result of a complete makeover of what was a sealed-off, neglected part of the house.
Its open-plan family rooms lead to a kitchen/ breakfastroom which in turn leads to a compact, impressively-planted south-west facing rear garden.
Light pours from vaulted glass in the ceiling and from a wall of curved glass in the breakfastroom - an area that is large and comfortable enough for full-scale dining.
A curved staircase in the reception area follows a theme of curves and arches in the upper part of the house.
A trio of arches on the first floor landing neatly enclose a study and mirror a curved wall over the stairwell which has narrow, arched windows; behind is the en suite bathroom attaching to the main bedroom.
The generous curved bath has a view over the back garden, or up the walls, which are lined with shelves specially designed to hold Dr O'Reilly's impressive collection of shoes. Decorated in restful shades of beige and dusty pinks, the bedroom has custom-built wardrobes and curved steps to the en suite.
A pretty guest suite on the return of the entrance hallway has a bedroom of palest mushroom, with a dressingroom, en suite with steps to the bath and interesting resin, pebble design flooring.
The main interconnecting reception living and dining/library rooms are, as is traditional, off the entrance hallway.
High ceilinged and with a glorious amount of light from sash windows, each has original marble fireplaces and ornate plasterwork.
The hand-painted blue and gold wallpaper is by Osborne and Little whose wallpapers, along with Farrow and Ball paints, cover other walls in the house.
Nina Campbell fabrics and Ralph Lauren fabrics and wallpaper have also been used.
The gardens front and rear were landscaped by Paul Doyle.