Donegal businesswoman Ramona Nicholas revealed the stunning interiors of her Bundoran home for charity on RTE’s Celebrity Home of the Year 2018.
The joint MD of the Cara Group and former Dragons’ Den investor joined a special edition of the property show on Wednesday which saw five well-known personalities showcase their homes.
For taking part, Ramona pledged a donation of €5,000 to her chosen charity – the Marie Keating Foundation.
The seaside views from Ramona’s spectacular revival period home wowed the judges. Set overlooking Tullan Strand, the huge property is adorned with glamorous and elegant details in a reflection of her personal style.
The mansion, which is home to Ramona, her husband Canice, son Alex and daughter Sarah, earned a score of 25 from the show’s three expert judges; design legend Hugh Wallace, interior designer Deirdre Whelan and architect Peter Crowley.
The judges admired the sweeping staircase, ornate furniture and plush living areas. Their only comment was that the windows were not large enough to celebrate the amazing Atlantic views.
The family’s entertainment room was a stand-out feature – where Ramona and Canice split the space into masculine and feminine areas. Ramona admitted to a great love of collecting Barbie dolls and vintage tea sets, which decorate her part of the room, while a pool table and a projector take up the ‘boy’s’ side.
Judge Hugh Wallace gave the home a score of 10 and said: “It really is an extraordinary house because when you come up to the outside you just wonder what it’s going to be like on the inside, you sometimes get disappointed, and since I’ve come into this home I have nothing but the greatest admiration for the homeowner. I think it’s a truly exceptional home.”
Other celebrities who took part this year were artist Robert Ballagh, writer John Boyne, meteorologist Jean Byrne and singer songwriter Eleanor Mc Evoy.
After much competition and deliberations, John Boyne’s colourful home won the overall title of Celebrity Home of The Year 2018.
Thank you to @ShinawilTV for asking us to take part in @RTEOne #celebrityhomeoftheyear. Delighted to be able to donate to the worthy cause @MarieKeating who help so many every year.@CaniceNic @carapharmacy pic.twitter.com/JkRaXW9Toc
— Ramona Nicholas (@RamonaNicholas) January 2, 2019