Cloncarrig, Brighton Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18

Located on one of the leafiest and most desirable roads in Dublin, Cloncarrig is an unusual granite-built home with brick quoins and brick dressing to opes. While the style itself is hardly ground-breaking, it is rather unique in the context of Foxrock architecture as surrounding homes of the same era tend to have been constructed in the Arts & Crafts style. Planners have put Cloncarrig up for consideration as a protected structure in the past and it is within the Foxrock Architectural Conservation Area (ACA).

The house was most likely constructed between 1910 and 1920 and was built alongside other more traditionally styled homes, which enjoy equally impressive plots. Peter J Carton likely commissioned the home and lived there until 1938, when he died at the age of 87. Carton was pre-deceased by his wife and survived by his only child, Petrea Carton-Kelly, who married a man from Foxrock.

The house was subsequently sold for £3,200 at auction to Cedric Cruess Callaghan. Cedric’s mother, Croasdella Cruess Callaghan, resided at Cloncarrig until her death in 1940. Cedric subsequently moved with his wife Geraldine (who died in 2015) to Maryland House in Shankill, which has since been redeveloped as an apartment scheme.

The family of the current owners acquired the house from the Cruess Callaghans in the 1940s and have resided there ever since. Back then the house was well staffed, with a live-in cook, housekeeper and nanny to look after the family and their four children. It was their second child, a son, born in 1944, who took Cloncarrig over from his parents. In 1967 he married a lady from Riversdale House, Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham – a charming period home on extensive grounds that has recently been redeveloped by property developer Greg Kavanagh. That son, who died in 2008, was a highly successful businessperson, acting as a company director to high profile companies such as Tullow Oil and Ardagh Packaging. He had an interest in vintage cars and at one point sought to build a substantial garage on Cloncarrig’s lands to house his car collection, which included a Bentley Continental GT – a Celtic Tiger staple favoured by many Foxrock residents. His wife and family have continued residing in the home since his untimely death, and most of his siblings settled in the Foxrock area – one sister in a detached house on Brighton Road and a brother in the Coppins estate off Brighton Road.

Cloncarrig is a rare find in the sea of overdevelopment that is Foxrock. The home and its grounds appear to be untouched and remain in original form. With a site extending to almost 2 acres, Cloncarrig is one of the largest private estates remaining in the area. Even when viewed from outside the home’s high stone walls, there is something utterly impressive and romantic about Cloncarrig – it is practically a rural farm house plonked in the middle of one of Dublin’s premier roads. Three side’s of the site are lined with mature trees, adding to the sense of being in the countryside. Unlike most neighbouring homes, where every inch of garden is perfectly manicured, Cloncarrig is very much natural with only a portion of the grounds surrounding the house properly maintained, the rest left slightly overgrown.

The house and grounds are utterly magnificent and it is little surprise that the current owners have remained in situ for over seven decades.