Guinness Family: Irish Ancestral Home.
Location: Luggala, Leinster, Ireland
Price: €28 million (US$31.2 million)
The Irish ancestral home is belongs to Guinness Family and it looks like a small Castle in a wildness, the mansion situated in Luggala, Leinster, Ireland with 200 acres of grassland. This house was sold recently on the price tag of about €28 million.
Thirty miles south of Dublin, in the Wicklow Mountains, stands the ancestral home of the Guinness brewing dynasty. The Luggala estate is remarkable for both its natural beauty and its star-studded history: It has hosted many celebrated people in the literary, Hollywood and music industries who’ve been acquainted with the Guinness family.
Luggala, which reportedly sold recently to an overseas buyer for under its asking price, became the family’s ancestral home in 1912, when it was rented to Arthur Ernest Guinness, the second son of Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh. He purchased it and passed it onto his youngest daughter, Oonagh, in 1937 following her marriage to Dominick Browne, the fourth Baron of Oranmore and Browne. A socialite and one of the so-called Golden Guinness Girls, she threw glamorous parties attended by an eclectic array of guests, from peers and scholars to artists and journalists, turning it into a hub of Irish social life, according to a brochure for the property.
Writers such as Brendan Behan, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney and Robert Graves and Hollywood types John Hurt, Dennis Hopper and John Boorman have spent time at the estate, as have Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, U2’s Bono and The Chieftains. The latter were the guests of Garech Browne, a member of the Guinness family who became a patron of Irish arts and music through his record label Claddagh Records. He had owned and lived in the property up until last year, when he passed away aged 78.
The main house on the estate is a neo-gothic former hunting lodge built in 1787 by its first owner, Peter Le Touche, the son of a wealthy Irish banking family. Luggala lodge has the appearance of a castle in miniature, with white stucco walls, small battlements, pointed quatrefoil windows and ogee mantelpieces—a style that later became known as Strawberry Hill Gothic.
The grounds include 18th-century landscaped gardens, two Irish oak woodlands, 200 acres of grassland, Lough (meaning lake) Tay and 33 acres of a further lake known as Lough Dan. Sheltered by woodland, it lies in a gap between two mountains, facing a stout-colored lake overshadowed by a granite crag on one side.
The main property has seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, three reception rooms, a library, storage rooms and an indoor pool. There are more properties on the grounds, which together with the main house, extend to 19,099 square feet.
On the grounds there is a coach house apartment, a three-bedroom gate lodge, a four-bedroom house, a three-bedroom house, a two-bedroom house and four two-bedroom cottages.
Extending to 5,000 acres, the estate’s grounds are home to waterfalls, exposed rocks, woodlands and stout-colored lakes. The Dan and Tay lakes are stocked with trout and arctic char and lake Tay features a white sandy beach.
Luggala’s grounds have been used as the backdrop of films such as “Braveheart,” “Animal Farm,” “Becoming Jane” and “P.S. I Love You,” and in “The Tudors” television series, which has added significantly to the estate’s income, according to the David Ashmore, managing director of Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty. From Penta: Christie’s Asia Week Will Feature Collections From The Art Institute of Chicago
The estate is bordered on three sides by the Wicklow Mountains National Park, whose landscape is formed of peatland, heath-covered upland slopes, streams and deep lakes in wooded valleys, which feature open vistas.
Set in the Province of Leinster, it is five miles from Roundwood, a village with shops, pubs and restaurants, which include the Roundwood Inn pub and restaurant, a former hunting lodge with an “old Irish pub atmosphere.” Bray, a coastal resort and the largest town in County Wicklow, is 11 miles away.
Agent: David Ashmore, managing director of Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty.