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Celebrity solicitor's home boasts a ballroom, cinema, cigar room and three bars

It also has its own 52-seater cinema and wine store.

MOST HOMES DON’T HAVE their own private bar. But celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean’s mansion in Wicklow has three, including a pub modelled on the old 108 in Rathgar, and another that services his 260-capacity ballroom.

His 11-bedroom house near Brittas Bay is nestled on two acres of woodland surrounded by a trout-filled brook, and asides from its three refreshment areas, also features a 52-seater cinema, wine store, cigar room, games house and a gym.

Kean – who is now moving to a penthouse in Dublin 4, the Irish Times reports – is selling his 1,638 square metre home. It’s on sale from Knight Frank for €3.75 million via Daft.ie.

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Two of the bedrooms have access to a shared balcony which overlooks the gardens and river below, with all bedrooms boasting views of the two acres of manicured gardens, and a large roof terrace just off the landing. There are several patio and barbecue areas.

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If you were wondering about the location of the third bar, it’s in the games area, which extends over two floors and contains the aforesaid custom-built bar as well as a toilet and shower area and an open-plan games space upstairs. This could be converted to a two-bedroom mews if planning permission was granted.

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The country-style kitchen was actually designed by Roly Saul, of Roly’s Bistro fame. It contains an Aga with gas module oven and a four-ring hob, an island with a polished black granite work top and opens into a family room with period-style fireplaces and built-in bookcases.

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The spacious double-height entrance hall showcases a significant collection of 42 prints by Irish artist Graham Knuttel, making Kean the world’s fourth-biggest collector of his work (just behind A-listers Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone).

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Probably the most unexpected feature, the nine-sided double height ballroom has both a secondary bar and a mezzanine balcony that overlooks the dance floor and stage and contains a stairs that leads up to the first floor bedrooms.

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Several rooms in the home have been designed with entertaining in mind, and one of these features is a dedicated wine store.

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Another really interesting feature of the home is its 52-seater cinema, with original seating from the Adelphi Cinema in Dun Laoghaire which closed in 1977.

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The traditional-style pub is fitted with the original bar from 108 Rathgar and has a full range of beer dispensers and drinks fridges.

Drayton Manor, Three Mile Water, Wicklow Town, Co Wicklow is on sale from Knight Frank for €3.75 million via Daft.ie.

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