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10th December 2012

Ireland’s most expensive property, Humewood Castle Estate, Co Wicklow has sold

By Sherry Fitz.


A spectacular monument to aristocratic Ireland, Humewood Castle Estate, Co Wicklow marketed by Sherry FitzGerald and Christie’s International Real Estate has been sold – click here to read The Irish Times article. The Gothic Downton Abbey-style mansion built in 1867 to designs by William White and later extended by James Brooks; during the 1990s played host to a veritable who’s who of Hollywood glitterati including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta, Winona Ryder, Beck and the Spice Girls. In recent years, the stunning setting has also been put to use as a film location for numerous large scale productions including “The Actors” starring Michael Cain, “Ella Enchanted” with Joanna Lumley and “Laws of Attraction” starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore. Such is the majestic draw of Humewood Castle, it was rumoured during the early noughties that David Bowie was among the more famous names perpetually accused of seeking to purchase the estate.

The main residence, one of the best examples in the country of a high Victorian Gothic-style mansion boasts no less than 3,530sq m of accommodation – equivalent to 25 standard three-bed family semis and is surrounded by a typical Victoriana sporting estate featuring 427 acres of garden with parklands, woods, private lakes and stables, along with no fewer than three staff cottages and another three gate lodges.

The awe inspiring gargantuan main residence with its vaulted porte-cochere (that’s carriage-porch to non-aristocrats) is approached by four splendid carriage drives that end in one of the largest and most regal gravel drive ways in the country, and comprises of 15 en-suite bedrooms, a ballroom, a minstrels’ gallery, a fairy-tale tower and ample staff quarters that could accommodate the entire below-stairs cast of Downton Abbey. The endless list of whimsically privileged rooms, requiring a map and compass to navigate ones way to and from, also includes a butler’s pantry, a smoking room, a billiard room, a gun room, a flower room, housemaids’ delve larder and plate closet, a wine cellar and separate day and night nurseries once the lavish playgrounds of young Barons and Earls .

If you lose your way in the maze of elegant walkways, where you can almost hear the resounding acerbic quips of a Dowager Duchess of a by-gone era, by reconnecting the mansions extensive servants’ bell system, you could simply summon assistance.

The castles’ opulently stunning stained glass, marble chimneypieces, painted ceilings and oak panelling could overwhelm even the most stalwart of Dowager Duchesses to smelling salts and a retreat to one of the mansions individually christened themed bedrooms and with Dublin just 44 miles away and situated on the doorstep Kiltegan village in the heart of the resplendent Garden of Ireland – it’s no surprise that Humewood has left the market.

 David Ashmore, Head of the Country Homes Division at Sherry FitzGerald commenting on the sale said:

“It mirrors the noticeable improvement in the prime residential market in Ireland. Demand for homes in the €2 million plus price bracket was driven by “wealthy Irish people” and overseas clients, especially in the United States, Canada, Holland, the UK, China and Russia, who were not just from the Irish diaspora.”

For information on equally exquisite Irish Country Homes please contact David Ashmore, Head of Country Homes Division, Sherry FitzGerald on 01 2376325

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