Strathmore House, Vico Road, Killiney

Strathmore is one of Dublin’s finest properties. Constructed c. 1865 for retired wine merchant, William Henry, the property currently stands on approximately 9.03 acres and extends to 8,200sqft. It has two gated driveways on Strathmore Road and one on Killiney Hill Road.

In December 1932, the house was sold as part of the Mia Geraldine Jennings Bramly estate alongside her other properties interests in Killiney. These properties included adjacent Archacon, The Schoolhouse, both bordering the main Strathmore property, and fronting onto Strathmore Road and Killiney Hill Road respectively. Mrs. Jennings-Bramly’s estate also included eleven cottages in Killiney village.

Over thirteen years later, in February 1946, Strathmore appeared in the auction rooms again – still listed as 10 acres. It was not until 1956 that the property was purchased by its best-known owners, the Canadian Embassy, for £20,300. The property remained an embassy for over 50 years until they decided to sell in 2006 with an asking price of €17,000,000. Due to the downturn, a house requiring renovation and a high level of maintenance seeking an eight figure sum did not exactly get scooped up, so they eventually traded the property and received an additional €3.01m for 22 Oakley Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

The Oakley Road property was newly renovated and extended to 604sq.m, seeking €13m at the time. The owner of the property, and new purchaser of Strathmore, was developer Michael Roden. They moved the then ambassador Pat Binns into an apartment in the penthouse development at the Four Seasons.

I’m sure the Canadians had their reasons for selling Strathmore, but they could have surely gotten something more out-of-the-ordinary than the 22 Oakley Road property. Granted, the new property is still substantial and has a lot less maintenance. Since it has been sold to Roden, was offered for rent for quite some time. Roden eventually sought to part ways with Strathmore, placing it for sale in 2014 with an asking price of €8 million. It sold in 2015 for €7.5 million to an American-born entrepreneur who lives on Brighton Road, Foxrock.

The property has amazing potential. One look at the rolling lawns and the scale of the house highlight the fact that this house could be the ultimate trophy house. If it was mine, the 9 acres of gardens would be laid out with tennis courts, pools, ponds, hedge mazes and other general landscaping. Currently the land is just big flat fields with trees, far from what I think the property should be. The interior is outdated but the sheer size of the rooms and heights of the ceilings are so impressive, especially the 58’50” x 23’11” Drawing Room. The eucalyptus plantation on the lands adjacent to the lower stretch is supposedly very important and unique. With renovations to the interior and landscaping in the garden, this could possibly be Killiney’s finest property.