Take a look inside the €2.95m Dalkey seafront pad Jane Seymour made her home last summer
Glannamara, 41 Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin Asking price: €2.95m Agent: Knight Frank (01) 6342466
THIS is the luxury €3m Dalkey seaside summer retreat of Hollywood A-lister Jane Seymour who spent months living at Glannamara on Coliemore Road last year during the filming of the detective series Harry Wild.
Golden Globe and Emmy winner Seymour replaced Matt Damon as Dalkey’s darling Hollywood superstar in residence when she moved into the property at 41 Coliemore Road, just after adopted Dalkeyite Damon flew back to the USA.
Seymour plays the lead role in the tv detective series co-written by Irish thriller writer Jo Spain. Launching this month, the series also features local talents Amy Huberman, Stuart Graham and Ciara O’Callaghan.
The former Bond girl’s down-to-earth demeanour impressed the locals.
Like Matt Damon before her, Seymour made herself right at home, mingling freely in the local shops and eateries.
The property’s raised sun deck overlooking the Dublin Bay was her oasis during production downtime and the views led Seymour to describe Dalkey as the ‘Malibu’ of Dublin in a radio interview.
Now the luxury home has come to market with an asking price of just €2.95m. The detached five-bedroom home is tucked discreetly into the side of Coliemore Road in Dalkey.
While living here, Seymour socialised with Amy Huberman and hubby Brian O’Driscoll, and also with Glannamara’s owners Sean and Bernie Flanagan.
Sean, who has a property developing business overseas, was contacted by a colleague asking if he knew of somewhere suitable for the actress to rent during her stay in Dublin.
“She wanted somewhere exclusive and private,” he explains “She is a lovely lady. Myself and my wife Bernie had dinner with her on a number of occasions. As it happened, the sun shone all summer and she loved her time at Coliemore.”
Seymour told him that during her stay, she frequently got up at dawn to photograph the sunrises over Dalkey Bay.
The sunrise can actually be viewed, not only from the two master bedrooms, as well as the two bedrooms above them, but from the kitchen, the conservatory and all three of the lounges in this three story, 2,625 sq. ft. building.
Glannamara was built in the 1940s and when Sean and his wife Bernie bought it in 1987, it was an ordinary three bedroom bungalow. But even then the house was attracting celebrities.
“I remember the day we moved in,” recalls Sean. “Martin Sheen was filming the movie Da in Dillon Park, across the road and the film crew were camped outside 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 stuck out his hand. He said: ‘I’m Martin. Nice to meet you.’ He apologised that the equipment was blocking our way. He even sent my wife a bunch of flowers afterwards.” Dalkey and its near neighbour Killiney have long attracted both international and home grown 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. “They usually nod and say hello. Dalkey will always be a village to me,” he adds. “It’s quiet, peaceful and very safe. There’s really no where like it.”
Over the years the couple added four extensions to the house. While Sean made decisions about the external work and look, Bernie was responsible for the interior design which is in mostly muted colours such as cream, beige and taupe.
The house is accessed by set of steps, leading to an airy hallway with the principal living room off it. There’s 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 a granite surround and a coal effect gas fire.
Double doors provide access to a conservatory which the couple also use as a dining room. It gets the sun in the early evening and leads on to an elevated sun decked 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 a small kitchen, with a private sun terrace and a separate entrance.
Seymour was attracted by the level of privacy. No buildings overlook it. But the biggest selling point is the view to the front - across Dillon’s Park and out towards Dalkey Island.
With their grown-up children, Steve and Lynsey, now flown from the nest, Sean and Bernie are now downsizing to a smaller house in Dalkey. Knight Frank seeks €2.95m on their behalf.
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