Properties like this one rarely come on the market. It has pedigree, history, glamour—and a stunning backdrop, to boot.
Luggala’s the name of this pile, which is “a large imposing building or group of buildings,” according to the dictionary, and it’s the home of Garech Browne, founder of Claddagh Records and the great, great, great, grandson of Arthur Guinness, of brewery fame (and fortune).
To describe the historical estate is to employ a whole new vocabulary. Nestled within a secluded Irish valley, the 18th century castle—along with a guesthouse, and seven lodges and cottages—sits on 5,000 acres of verdant land. Its white-washed exterior means that the “roofline crenulations” pop all the more against the “dense woodland” behind it.
It was designed in the style of “Strawberry Hill,” a Gothic castle outside of London, but as a sporting lodge, and features “little battlements, crochets, trefoil and quatrefoil windows and ogee mantelpieces” as well as “limestone obelisks.” Thus, the 7,438-square-foot house “boasts all the appurtenances of a grand castle, but on a miniature scale.” It’s hardly small though, with seven bedrooms, three reception rooms, and four bathrooms.
Elsewhere on the grounds, there are four rooms in the guest house and an additional 16 making up the accommodations within the seven other buildings for a total of 16,379 square feet of living space.
And that is hardly the beginning. According to the listing information, Luggala holds one of the few remaining 18th century landscape gardens as well as two native Irish oak woods. There are “swards,” streams flowing into the beautiful and dark Lough Tay lake, rolling hills that are frequented by deer, and lovely flowers—all breathtaking and monumental, of course. No wonder Braveheart and the television show The Tudors were both shot on the property. Or that legendary parties attended by the likes of Bono, Michael Jackson, and Mick Jagger were hosted here.
Located in Roundwood, County Wicklow just 28 miles from Dublin city center, the estate is listed for €28,000,000, or approximately $29,500,000.