Glannamara, 41 Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin Asking Price: €2.95m Broker: Knight Frank (01) 6342466
HIS is the £3million Dalkey by the Sea summer holiday of Hollywood A-lister Jane Seymour, who lived in Glannamara on Coliemore Road for months while filming the detective series last year Harry Wild.
Golden Globe and Emmy winner Seymour replaced Matt Damon as Dalkey’s favorite Hollywood superstar in residence when she moved into the 41 Coliemore Road property shortly after adopted Dalkeyite Damon flew back to the United States.
Seymour stars in the crime TV series co-written by Irish thriller writer Jo Spain. The series, which starts this month, also features local talent Amy Huberman, Stuart Graham and Ciara O’Callaghan.
The former Bond girl’s down-to-earth attitude impressed locals.
Like Matt Damon before her, Seymour felt right at home and mingled freely with the local shops and restaurants.
The property’s elevated sundeck overlooking Dublin Bay was her haven during production shutdowns, and the view prompted Seymour to describe Dalkey as Dublin’s “Malibu” in a radio interview.
Now the luxury house has come onto the market with an asking price of just 2.95 million euros. The five bedroom detached house is discreetly situated on the side of Coliemore Road in Dalkey.
While living here, Seymour socialized with Amy Huberman and husband Brian O’Driscoll, as well as Sean and Bernie Flanagan, the owners of Glannamara.
Sean, who has an overseas property development business, was contacted by a colleague who asked him if he knew of suitable accommodation for the actress during her stay in Dublin.
“She wanted something exclusive and private,” he explains. “She is a lovely lady. Myself and my wife Bernie have had dinner with her on a number of occasions. The sun happened to be shining all summer and she loved her time in Coliemore.”
Seymour told him that during her stay she often got up at dawn to photograph the sunrises over Dalkey Bay.
In fact, the sunrise can be seen not only from the two master bedrooms and the two bedrooms above, but also from the kitchen, sunroom and all three lounges in this three-story, 2,625 square foot building.
Glannamara was built in the 1940’s and when Sean and his wife Bernie bought it in 1987 it was an ordinary three bedroom bungalow.
But even then, the house attracted celebrities.
“I remember the day we moved in,” Sean recalls. “Martin Sheen shot the film Da in Dillon Park across the street and the film crew camped outside of Glannamara.
“Some of the film equipment was blocking our driveway,” he explains.
“Martin Sheen saw what was happening and asked the crew to move away. He turned to me and held out his hand. He said: “I’m Martin. Nice to meet you.’ He apologized that the gear was blocking our way. He even sent my wife a bouquet of flowers afterwards.”
Dalkey and its close neighbor Killiney have long attracted both international and local stars.
Neil Jordan lives down the road from Glannamara and Van Morrison, Enya, Bono, Eddie Irvine, Chris de Burgh and Jim Sheridan all live or have lived in Dalkey/Killiney over the years.
“You see them around the village from time to time,” says Sean. “Usually they nod and say hello. Dalkey will always be a village to me,” he adds. “It is quiet, peaceful and very safe. There really is nothing like it.”
Over the years, the couple added four additions to the home. While Sean decided on the exterior design and looks, Bernie was responsible for the interior design, which is mostly done in muted colors such as cream, beige and taupe.
The house is accessed by a flight of stairs leading to an airy hallway which leads to the main living room. There is also a drawing room with a deep bay window overlooking Dillon’s Park and the sea in the distance. This has a marble fireplace with granite surrounds and a coal effect gas fire.
Double doors give access to a conservatory which the couple also uses as a dining room. It gets the early evening sun and leads to a raised sun terrace which is completely private.
There are three double bedrooms on the ground floor of the house (one is currently used as a dressing room) and all have fitted wardrobes.
The master suite has its own private lounge and small kitchen, with a private sun terrace and separate entrance.
Seymour was drawn to privacy. No building overlooks it. But the biggest selling point is the view ahead — across Dillon’s Park and out onto Dalkey Island.
With their grown children Steve and Lynsey now flown from the nest, Sean and Bernie are now moving into a smaller house in Dalkey. Knight Frank demands 2.95 million euros for her.
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