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Strawberry Hill Articles



Rock guitarist told not to sell property

Thursday, April 26, 2001 ~ The Irish Times

Def Leppard guitarist Rick Savage has been directed by the High Court not to dispose of a property in Dalkey, Co Dublin, worth some 3.5 million. Proceedings against Mr Savage and a company, Cathrish Ltd, have been taken by Mr Robert Frewen, of East 79th Street, New York, and his wife. Mr Frewen said he and his wife own No 1, Strawberry Hill House, Vico Road. Since 1998, water had been percolating from the property overhead owned by the defendants. He and his wife were at a loss of about 100,000 in rental income. A newspaper report had said Mr Savage "is leaving" Ireland. He was apprehensive that he would be unable to recover loss of income, building costs incurred because of water damage and his legal costs which amounted to some 300,000. 2001 ireland.com / The Irish Times


Rock star is barred from quitting flat.

Thursday, April 26, 2001 ~ The Mirror

A COUPLE living in the property downstairs from Def Leppard guitarist Rick Savage's plush Dalkey pad were granted a temporary injunction yesterday prohibiting the rock star from selling his home. The injunction was granted after a court heard that the couple, with an address in New York, had not been able to let their property because water had been percolating into it from the home owned by Savage.

Robert and Helen Frewen, of East 79th Street New York, told the court that they hadn't been able to let out the property since October 1998 - leaving them at a loss of pounds 100,000 in rent. Mr Frewen's solicitor Byran Fox brought proceedings against the Savage, the court heard. The proceedings were compromised in April 2000. But despite the settlement, works were not carried out on the house, Strawberry Hill House on Vico Road, resulting in further proceedings.

Mr Frewen said he was in the process of relocating here from the US and it was his intention to live in his property. He said he believed Mr Savage was not currently resident here and that his present location and future intentions were not known. In his affidavit he said that a newspaper report earlier this month had stated that Savage 'is leaving' the jurisdiction. Mr Frewen said he was apprehensive because of the article that he would be without recourse to recover the loss of income and other costs. Mr Justice O'Donovan granted a temporary injunction effective until next Monday stopping Mr Savage from taking any action in respect of 2/3 Strawberry Hill House so as to reduce or dispose of it.




Keith Doyle's column: R ock 'n' roll's going down the plughole.

April 29, 2001 ~ Sunday Mirror

ARE they all a pack of misers living on Dublin's Millionaires' row "Vico Road" in Dalkey? The neighbours of heavy metal rocker Rick Savage of Def Leppard's aren't complaining about the noise but that he's a drip. They claim water is dripping from his pounds 3.5 million pound house and has lost them pounds 100,000 in rent. Wouldn't you think between them, with all their millions, they could afford a few quid for a plumber?




Def Leppard star sells Vico Road home

May 5, 2001

Rock star Rick Savage's Dalkey home is now on the market through Lisney who will be auctioning the hillside house on June 14th . Called Strawberry Hill house, it has been the subject of High Court proceedings in recent weeks and during the case a value of 3.5 million (4.45m) was put on it - considerably more than the auction guide price of 2.75 million (3.5 million). The judge has ruled that the sale of the house may now go ahead.

Strawberry Hill house is on the sea-side of the Vico Road and enjoys spectacular uninterrupted views of the sea from all rear and side windows. Its road frontage is deceptive - just a double-fronted apparently modest-sized period house - but the real .... (we need the rest of this article, please)


Rock star's Dalkey pad sale postponed

May 6, 2001

The planned auction of rocker Rick Savage's 3.5m Dalkey pad has been postponed until a dispute between the Def Leppard star and his American neighbour is settled. The auction date had been set for 30 May, but a High Court injunction over a water leak has put a spanner in the works. Lisney auctioneers was in the final stages of launching its promotional campaign when it was asked to pull the plug last Wednesday. The result was "auction postponed" notices on its advertisements.

Savage's property, Strawberry Hill House, is a rock star's dream. Set on the Vico Road with views from every main room - it's got four reception rooms, a gym, bar and snooker room, six bedrooms with three en suites, private garages and 0.75 acres of Italianate gardens.

Last month, the High Court granted a temporary injunction against Savage and a company named Cathrish Ltd in proceedings taken by Robert Frewen, East 79th Street, New York.

Frewen claimed in a court affidavit that water damage caused by a leak from Savage's property overhead had meant he could not let his property which left him out of pocket by 100,000 in lost rental income. The case had been settled in April 2000, but he claimed the work had never been carried out. Savage has lodged an appeal and plans to sell the house once the dispute has ended.


Def Leppard drummer's house under the hammer

Wednesday May 23 2001 - By Cliodhna O'Donoghue

DRUMMER Rick Savage of the Def Leppard rock group is to sell his house by auction next month and the expected sale price is well in excess of 2.75m.

The sale of the home had been held up over a legal dispute whereby the vendor was ordered by the High Court earlier this month not to dispose of 275,000 from the proceeds of the sale pending the outcome of a legal dispute between Rick Savage and a neighbour.

Mr Justice Finnegan, who made the order against Cathrish Ltd of which Mr Savage is sole shareholder and which is selling the property, said this related to a complaint from Robert and Helen Frewen, who also own a property at Strawberry Hill and claimed that water percolating into their home from Mr Savage's had caused damage.

The property at Strawberry Hill on Vico Road in Dalkey is for auction on June 14, because the vendor is relocating to the UK having lived here for 11 years.


GOING FOR A SONG.(

May 28 2001 - The Mirror

DEF Leppard rocker Rick Savage hopes people will be queuing up to buy his Co Dublin mansion - because the Beatles used to stay there. The bass player is auctioning off his property on exclusive Vico Road in Killiney so he can move back to his home town of Sheffield. He said: "In the 1960s the house was run as a hotel and rumours have it that the Beatles stayed here when they played in Dublin. "It is also rumoured that Bob Geldof stayed here in his early rock 'n' roll days." The magnificent three-level home has a snooker room, bar, tennis court, gym and recording studio, as well as views over Killiney Bay. Strawberry Hill House is up for auction on June 14 at a starting price of pounds 2.75 million.


High-profile withdrawls at Dublin auctions

Sunday, June 17, 2001 - By Susan Mitchell

Meanwhile in Killiney, Strawberry Hill House on Vico Road was withdrawn at auction and is now quoted at 2.87 million. This six-bedroom period house has outstanding views, a gym and an Italianate garden of about 0.75 acres.


Strawberry Hill has a musical history

Friday February 01 2002 - By Cliodhna O'Donoghue Property Editor

Location: Dalkey, Co Dublin. Price: Euro3.49m. Description: stunning mansion with delightful views.

STRAWBERRY Hill House on Vico Road in Dalkey could be set anywhere in the world. There are the Italianate gardens terraced towards the sea; the balconies, pools, and pergola walkways overlook a coastline reminiscent of the Bay of Naples. Located on the slopes of Killiney Hill, the sophisticated interior has been classically restored, highlighting period features but including every modern convenience.

The property has been owned by Rick Savage, bass player with rock band Def Leppard, for almost 12 years and has a history of musical occupants. The price tag is also substantially reduced.

Initially run as a hotel, the 600 sq.m. property reportedly played host to the Beatles when they played in Dublin, and Bob Geldolf spent some time here in his early rock and roll days. Rick Savage purchased part of the property from Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot in 1989. He went on to acquire more adjoining properties with the exception of an apartment below one of the balconies.

Rick has now moved to Sheffield where he has a substantial property.

He brought Strawberry Hill to auction last June, but failed to secure a bid on the day. At the time the guide was Euro3.49 (2.75m), but it was expected to sell for well over Euro4.13 (3.25) however, in failing to achieve the 'real' required price, it was withdrawn. Now, the agents say that fresh interest has been expressed in the home, but this time at a private treaty price of Euro3.49 (2.75). They refused to say if the buyer had musical connections.

From the outside, the house looks like a single storey period villa, but behind the door, with stained glass fan light, lies a magnificent marble-slabbed hallway with sweeping staircase leading through double doors to the drawing room and music room.

Here, the floor is French limestone slab, the fireplace white carved Victorian and French doors lead to the balcony overlooking the sea. This level also has a study with built in units, kitchen with polished timber floors and distressed oak units. The dining room has mullioned stained glass windows while the t.v. room, with its marble pillared fireplace and polished timber floor, opens to a decked balcony. The lower floor contains an entertainment room with fitted bar, a snooker room with adjacent terrace and a gym.

Definitely one to view: contact agent Charles Broadhead of Lisney (01-2806820).


July 28, 2002

although a buyer has now been found privately for Def Leppard bass guitarist Rick Savage's Strawberry Hill House on the Vico Road for 3.175m.


February 23, 2003

Last year Declan [Ryan] bought a house at Vico Road in Dalkey formerly owned by Def Leppard's Rick Savage. When it originally went on the market in 2001 the asking price was 3.5m but it is unlikely that was the price paid by Declan.


People who lived in the Dalkey area when Sav did:

U2's Bono, racing drivers Eddie Irvine and Damon Hill, and singers Jim Kerr and Lisa Stansfield.