Percy Lodge, Killiney Hill Road, Killiney
Percy Lodge is a stunning two-storey Victorian residence, dating back to the 1800’s and located in the heart of prime Killiney.
The first record I find of it is in the late 19th century, when the owners were seeking staff in both 1884 and 1894. There were various other staff related notices from the owners following these dates also. The first name I can firmly attach to the house, however, is the Robinson family who resided here in the 20’s, perhaps also before. Mr and Mrs F. Robinson had a baby girl in 1923.
In January 1925, the house and all furniture came on the open market in an executor sale for and is described as a two-story non-basement, double fronted house standing on c.1 acre with tennis court. Inside, there were seven bedrooms, three reception rooms, a kitchen and other rooms.
The next name I can attach with the house is that of a Mrs Weir in 1948, presumably she was the lady of the house at the time. In 1955, the contents of the house came up for auction with Lisney and one year later the family of Mr Charles A. Kilkelly moved into the home. At this time, a member of the Kilkelly family (Arthur Kilkelly) informs me that the house was on 1 acre of land still, but they purchased an adjoining site on which a tennis court was constructed. While living in Percy Lodge, the Kilkellys believed that the back of the house was well over 200 years old, while the front was added in the late 1800’s by their relative, Mr McVeagh.
In the early 1970s, the Kilkelly family sold Percy Lodge to John A. Hunter. Only a few years later, in 1978, the house came up for sale with a different description to the 1925 one. The house was now supposedly on c. 1/2 an acre of lands, and the house definitely sold.
While the Kilkellys sold Percy Lodge in the 70s, they retained the land they had purchased separately that held their tennis court. On this land, they built themselves a more manageable home known as Farfield for their retirement and kept the tennis court on one side of the grounds.
Members of the family also constructed a house named Little Orchard, directly behind Percy Lodge, and I assume that the lands for this house were taken from Percy Lodge’s original site.
In 1998, permission was sought to build a house between Percy Lodge and neighbouring house, Farfield, which actually shares an entrance with Percy Lodge. The owner, a relative of the Kilkelly family, was denied planning permission for various reasons, including the fact that it was deemed by Dun Laoghaire County Council that a new dwelling would be a hindrance to Percy Lodge.
2006 Sale & Renovation
Finally, having not been for sale for 28 years, Percy Lodge re-emerged onto the open market at auction in 2005, guiding €3.25 with Lisney. The house seemed to still have 4 reception rooms, a series of storage rooms (incl. butlers pantry), kitchen, four bedrooms (master suite has ensuite bathroom and dressing room), study, main bathroom, w.c., and also a coach house to the rear with scope to extend and join it into the main house. The house stood on c. 0.65 acres and extended to approximately 4,000 sqft. The property was livable at this time, but it was inevitable that the new owners would have to budget for renovations and extensions. The house sold at auction in 2006 for over €4.25 million.
Although it wasn’t even nearly the most expensive house price achieved at that time – the height of the Tiger days – this price did not include stamp duty (which was 9% for purchases of over €1m at the time) or renovation costs. I would imagine that the buyers ended up spending in the region of €5 – €6 million all in judging by the level of finish. In 2015 the house came on the market asking €2.85 million (before being reduced to €2.675m), marking the huge decrease in value between 2006 and 2015. The property listing reveals that the house is 3,735sqft in total and stands on a 0.66 acre site.
The owner has completely transformed Percy Lodge into a beautiful period residence with modern but sympathetic twists throughout. The kitchen is particularly bright and airy, with a high quality sun room at the end. Everything about the house oozes quality, and I doubt that any expense has been spared. From the lack of planning permission applications, I do not think that the new owners extended into the coach house, although I stand to be corrected. It is a pity that the grounds have been chopped up over the years, with the house now situated against the boundary, with practically all of its private garden located at the front of the house.