Replacing the front garden with real grass so that the servants don’t have to stare at the grille of the Range Rover is about the only thing I can see worth doing. I presume the mews and rear access are still there so you don’t have to park the motor in the front.
Did you win the lotto TI ? I was looking at these the other night when I was *convinced *I was going to win euromillions (I was wrong ). Thought everything over 1.7mil in D6 was a teensy tiny bit … blingy, for my liking, rather than a nice restoration.
There are some ‘trophy’ houses that are nice. Tastefully done in a modest, low-key way. They combine beauty and quality with the stamp of the owner’s individuality and the sense of being a home.
Then there are places like this (referring to nadur-7-palmerston-park-rathmines-dublin-6, which screams vulgarity, ill-breeding and soullessness, where clearly every iota of taste and refinement had to be outsourced from interior designers and landscape artists because, sadly, the owners had none of their own. It smacks of an American hotel - possibly in Las Vegas - that has spent hand over fist to recreate an old-world European pastiche. No matter how ‘authentic’ the results, it is always somehow wrong, somehow a vile pastiche of what it strives to be.
To put it another way: I believe this house requires a lot of work (but not necessarily a lot of money) to turn it into a tasteful home. In its present condition I would find it acutely embarrassing to live in and would not bring any of my friends to see it or even tell them I had bought it, regardless of the price.
Fair play for being this witheringly judgemental this early in the morning
The particular style that this house is done up in is not to my personal taste at all, but saying that the owners have ‘no iota of taste or style of their own’ is a bit harsh. I would guess the owners like period houses done up in what they consider appropriate period style. You obviously like something much more discreet and simple. Fair enough; so do I. But its reverse snobbism IMHO to conclude that the type of decor that you like makes you a uniquely elegant and tasteful human being and the type of decor they like makes them embarrassingly bling noveau riche pretenders
I think I may be in the wrong company here - anybody who would be “embarrassed” by the Nadur house clearly has both such taste and such wealth that the opinion of plebians like myself could not be entertained. This seems to be a wonderful house in a lovely area for somebody rich enough to buy it and maintain it (which is not myself unfortunately) and is in a different league to the insanely priced naked emperor boxes prevalent at the height of the bubble.
I always get nervous when I hear anything being “condemned” as being for the nouveau riche! As the principle character in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil observed - ‘it’s the riche that counts’
The ancienne riche were not such great shakes that we should get nostalgic in my view.