In Pictures: Controversial Gorse Hill goes up for sale

The house was at the centre of a long legal battle

In Pictures: Controversial Gorse Hill goes up for sale

Image: Sherry FitzGerald

A property which was at the centre of a long legal battle has been put up for sale.

Gorse Hill in Killiney, Co Dublin is on the market for an asking price of €8,500,000.

Brian O’Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia fought Bank of Ireland to keep the property, which was also ‘barricaded’ for a time by members of the so-called New Land League.

The entrance hallway | Image: Sherry FitzGerald

Bank of Ireland had been pursuing the family for debts in excess of €70m and had been granted a court order to take possession of the house against the wishes of the four adult O’Donnell children, who had been living there up until the beginning of March 2015.

The dining room | Image: Sherry FitzGerald

 Legal documents were nailed to the property’s gates warning the O'Donnell family that they must leave on March 4th that year.

A legal battle then ensued up to the High Court, where Mr O’Donnell was declared a trespasser.

Image: Sherry FitzGerald

Receivers took possession of the property in Dublin on April 29th.

The saga ended last October when a Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the O'Donnell family.

The house is now being sold jointly by property agents Sherry FitzGerald and Knight Frank.

The master bedroom | Image: Sherry FitzGerald

Standing on elevated terraced gardens extending to two acres, the property – built in 2000 – is a two storey double fronted residence .

It has "uninterrupted views" of Killiney Bay from virtually all sections of the gardens.

The kitchen | Image: Sherry FitzGerald

It also includes an all-weather tennis court, swimming pool and summer house.

The accommodation has many notable features including:

  • A hallway with open fireplace and double height central atrium
  •  Interconnecting drawing room and dining room with feature antique marble mantelpieces
  • Kitchen/breakfast room with bay window and patio doors
  • Six double bedrooms all with en-suite shower rooms
  • A principal bedroom with bathroom en-suite and walk-in wardrobe
  • A Library and sauna
The swimming pool has been covered over | Image: Sherry FitzGerald

The principal bedroom has dual aspect and double bay windows looking out over Killiney Beach and towards the Wicklow Mountains.

The remaining five double bedrooms all have en suite shower rooms. There is a separate shower room complete with sauna.

One of the six bedrooms | Image: Sherry FitzGerald

Sherry FitzGerald  say: "This is an exceptional landmark house enjoying what is arguably one of Dublin’s finest waterfront settings combining a stunning location with excellent family accommodation."

While the Irish Times reports that some €70,000 has been spent to prepare the house for sale – including fresh paint throughout.

The view to Killiney | Image: Sherry FitzGerald