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Edna O’Brien’s former Dalkey home is on sale for €3.5 million


by Megan Burns
24th Jul 2020
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The author of The Country Girls used to reside in this Victorian villa with her husband Ernest Gebler, which has been recently remodelled. 


Cnoc Aluinn has overlooked the sea at Dalkey since the 1840s, and it still remains an impressive fixture of Coliemore Road. Restored just three years ago with great sensitivity to the property’s period features by architect Ross Cahill O’Brien, it’s also in excellent condition.

The main living space is located on the first floor to maximise the sea views the house enjoys. Three large recpetion rooms that lead into each other enjoy double-height ceilings and skylights, making them feel spacious and bright, while an Irish oak floor continues through all three rooms.

An office is located on a mezzanine level, while these three rooms are all painted in elegant, complementary shades of blue, with panelled detailing on the walls. The drawing room has double doors out to a balcony, where you can enjoy a view out to sea. There is also a hidden door in this room that leads to another small room, which could be used as storage or a small gym.

The kitchen has a feature marble wall and Calypso stone counter tops, while the bespoke units are by Michael Farrell Design. There are windows at varying heights in this room, with a large full-length sliding door that leads out to a patio area. A utility room provides storage and also has access to the rear garden.

Edna O'Brien's Dalkey home

The bedrooms are located on the ground floor, and there are four in total. The master bedroom is dual aspect with sea views and has a cast iron fireplace, as well as a dressing room and en-suite bathroom.

Outside, there is ample space for parking. A high granite wall surrounds the property on three sides, and there is a long lawn to the front, and further garden space to the rear.

Situated just a few minutes walk from the centre of Dalkey village, the house is close to cafes, shops and restaurants, and is also close to the DART. Click through our gallery for the full tour.


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