Sunday, November 27, 2016/Categories: News
Property developer Johnny Ronan has sought permission for a 141-bedroom hotel at Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, close to where Treasury Holdings, his former business, previously developed the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Ronan Group Real Estate last week applied to Wicklow county council to build the 15,000 sq metre hotel in the grounds of St Valery’s House, a protected building that dates to about 1810. The hotel would be four storeys over a basement, with 160 car parking spaces, according to Ronan’s proposal.
The hotel plans include a restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, but do not feature spa or leisure facilities, suggesting Ronan will not go head-to-head in competition with his previous venture. The five-star Ritz-Carlton cost €200m to build but was bought out of liquidation by Tetrarch Capital in 2013 and renamed the Powerscourt Hotel.
Treasury, which was founded and run by Ronan and Richard Barrett, was broken up by Nama, but Ronan fully repaid his €400m personal debts to the agency and is active on a number of projects. They include office blocks in Dublin 4, the development of a six-acre site in the Dublin docklands, and a boutique guesthouse on Grafton Street.
The Enniskerry hotel would be on a 2.3 hectare site off the N11 in the Dargle Valley, where Ronan has a home. The project may attract objections because of the proximity to St Valery’s House.
It is described on the register of protected structures as an “early Gothic-revival house” and has a feature tower and distinctive windows. The house was designed by Irish architect Richard Morrison, who also designed Ballyfin House in Laois, Fota House in Cork and Kilruddery House in Wicklow.
Wicklow county council is expected to make a decision on the hotel application by January 24. Ronan’s group has also met officials from the council about a proposal for a large residential and retail scheme outside Greystones.
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