Lota, 26 Coliemore Road, Dalkey
Lota is a wonderful 19th Century detached property, standing on a 0.41acre site on Dalkey’s prestigious Coliemore Road. The home has changed hands very few times since initially constructed, which is no surprise given its unparalleled position, beautiful grounds and panoramic views over Dalkey Island & Sound, and across Dublin Bay to Howth.
History on Coliemore Road
The house, in the late 1800’s, comprised 6 bedrooms, 4 large reception rooms, 4 servants’ rooms, a large coach house and stable. The owners prior to the 1888 sale constructed the private boat harbour and bathing place.
According to a member of his family, Thomas Fitzpatrick, owner of the Wicklow Hills Bus Company, owned the house up until about 1941. His daughter Pauline was born there in 1938. The family subsequently moved to Palermo House, off Old Connaught Road, in Bray.
One of the more recent residents was commander Alphonsus J. O’Brien-Twohig, who resided in the home from at least 1952 (if not long before) until his death in 1967. Following his death, the home came up for sale in 1968 and was withdrawn at £11,000 and sold later after negotiations. At this point the home was described as a 6 bed, 5 reception, 1 maid room property with a tennis court. The buyer was Mr Brian Crowley, who resided in the property until c. 1992, when the property came up for sale once again.
In 1992, the property had changed significantly from how it was described in 1968, with various improvements made. There were now only 4 large bedrooms, all of which had en suite bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, a cocktail bar at garden level opening up to the rear patio with sunken jacuzzi. The master bedroom was particularly lavish, with no real division between the sleeping area itself and the bathroom (with sunken whirlpool bath), other than two pillars. The property was up for sale for £750,000+, which was a significant sum at the time.
I believe that the buyer in 1992 was a prominent property developer, who still resides at the property today.
The developer has cleaned up the property significantly by cladding the rear of the flat-roofed northern additions, sculpting the gardens into highly-manicured tiered levels with lush green grass and stone, adding a new 900sqft detached garage to the front of the property to accompany the new driveway and by restoring all of the bathing area and jetty to their former glory.
For those who want direct sea access on Dublin’s coast matched with one of the country’s best addresses, they need not look much further than Lota. It occupies an enviable position along the best stretch of Coliemore Road, neighbouring some of Dublin’s finest homes such as Inniscorrig Castle. While I have not managed to obtain plans for the interior of the property, as it seems no additions to the main house were significant enough to warrant a planning application, I would imagine that no expense has been spared and that the property well deserves the title of being one of Dublin’s finest marine residences.