For most, upwards of five bedrooms, a swimming pool, sauna and tennis court are not essential items they need nor can afford when they are looking for their first home.
However, for the elite few these facilities are norms and that they expect them to be included when they are looking to buy perspective homes.
Last week, the Irish Mirror took a look at some of the more affordable, ready to walk into homes in each county. But we have now turned this on its head to bring you the most expensive and extravagant homes Ireland has to offer.
From castles to seaside manors here a look at your counties most lavish properties for sale right now.
Timber Lodge, Kilbrannish, Bunclody, Co. Carlow – €2,250,000
This country residence incorporates excellent equestrian facilities, set in a stunning location at the foot of Mount Leinster, with breathtaking views of the Clody valley.
Timber Lodge is a short drive from the local town of Bunclody and is within easy reach of the M9 (J5), providing access to Dublin and the rest of the country.
The main residence is a two-storey home of timber construction extending to c. 5,000 sq.ft.
While it also sits perfectly in its surroundings with spectacular views over the adjoining countryside.
The property is accessed via a gated entrance and gravelled driveway, which sweeps down to the main house. There is also a three-bedroom restored farmhouse next to an extensive yard providing additional accommodation ideal for a manager’s residence/staff accommodation.
The yard conveniently located next to the farmhouse has extensive facilities, including barns, stables, horse walkers and a sand arena.
Kilmore Lower, Cavan, Co. Cavan – €900,000
Kilmore Palace is a fine Georgian country property-built c. 1835.
The three-bay, three-storey over basement property is set on approx. 16.5 acres (6.67ha) within a mature demesne landscape.
Connected to the building are inner and outer courtyards, and the entire property is located 6.5km from Cavan town.
On entering the property, the reception hall and the stairs hall are particularly fine, and the four reception rooms are bright and spacious with many special original features.
The staircase is most elegant and leads to a return landing with a large window before separating in two to the 1st floor.
On the first floor are seven bedrooms, and on the upper level off a central corridor with a large roof atrium and eight further rooms with various uses.
The property has a bright and dry semi-basement with high vaulted ceilings.
Moys House, Clarisford, Killaloe, Co. Clare – €1,350,000
This exceptional architecturally designed seven-bedroomed waterfront residence is built on a generous circa 2.35-acre site within easy walking distance of all amenities in the popular lakeside town of Killaloe.
The luxury home is finished to a high standard, and the unique property offers the peace and tranquillity of country living while still being close to the town centre.
The property also boasts neatly manicured lawned gardens with mature trees, hedges, shrubbery beds and raised vegetable beds amidst meandering gravelled driveways.
For those who wish to exercise, it also has a championship-size tennis court and a large private marina with access to magical Lough Derg, which accommodates for up to 4 (40ft boats).
Longueville House Mallow County Cork, Mallow, Co. Cork – €7,000,000
Longueville House is an elegant and important early 18th-century Irish country house idyllically positioned within a private setting overlooking the picturesque Blackwater river valley.
Set within grounds of some 300 acres (121 hectares), Longueville House is a magical private estate that includes fishing on the River Blackwater and has a brandy distillery.
Dating to circa 1720, the early Georgian house was enlarged circa 1800 and, again, in 1862 when the beautiful Victorian Turner Conservatory was added.
Longueville House enjoys a gracious Georgian design with perfect symmetry and refined elegance.
Architectural merit extends beyond the house with an extensive range of very attractive cut-stone outbuildings.
The river valley position is extremely picturesque, with the pleasantly undulating estate enjoying magnificent pastoral views that extend to Mount Hillary in the distance.
Since re-opening from the forced pandemic closure, Longueville House is now also available as a boutique exclusive hire residence private rental or venue.
Carniseal, Cairn Low, Ramelton, Co. Donegal – €2,750,000
One of Ireland’s finest coastal residential estates, Carniseal, is a compact residential and agricultural estate extending to about 46 acres (18 hectares) of ring-fenced land.
A key feature of the estate is that the eastern boundary is formed by about 600 metres of frontage onto Lough Swilly.
The house occupies an elevated, private setting in mature parkland and, with its outstanding waterfront situation, places Carniseal in the premier league of coastal residential estates in the country.
A sweeping driveway flanked with lamps, lawns, hedging and deciduous trees leads to the front of the house, where there is a cobblestone turning circle and ample parking.
Arranged over two principal floors and facing southeast, Carniseal House was constructed in the 1990′ s.
It is designed in a period style yet offers exceptional accommodation suitable for contemporary family living and hosting lavish house parties.
Censure House, Ceanchor Road, Howth, Dublin 13 – €15,000,000
One of Dublin’s finest coastal properties situated in a stunning position with uninterrupted views across Dublin Bay.
Dating back to the 1830s, Censure House has been comprehensively extended and renovated throughout to create an outstanding family home on approx. Nine acres of exceptionally private, beautifully maintained grounds.
The property provides excellent, well-proportioned, generous accommodation with high ceiling rooms and sash windows. The principal reception rooms have fine views benefiting from the gardens and Dublin Bay beyond.
Censure House has been designed so that the main reception rooms feed off the reception hall and stairwell.
To the right is a south-facing drawing room, floor-to-ceiling windows and access to the paved terrace providing panoramic sea views across to Bray Head to the south.
The expansive family living area at the southern end of the kitchen is stylish and comfortable. A stone terrace adjoining the kitchen space is ideal for entertaining outside with fabulous views and shelter to the rear by the swimming pool wing.
The pool has a home spa with a sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, and his and her changing rooms.
Wild Atlantic Way Beach House, Connemara – €3,200,000
Unique and Unspoilt landscape with your very own sandy beach, this spectacular setting affords never-ending relaxation and peace away from it all in one of Europe’s beauty spots.
Connemara Beach House is magnificently set on 11 acres overlooking an azure bay to the grassy headlands of Omey Island; Crow Island lies beyond, and then only the endless waves of the Atlantic stretching out westward to the Americas.
The sunsets at this very private Connemara Beach House are heavenly.
Enjoy uninterrupted panoramic seaside views, whether in the bright communal dining room, bedrooms, or relaxing beside the turf fire in either of the two sitting rooms.
Ballintaggart House, Ballintaggart, Dingle, Co. Kerry – €5,200,000
This magnificent large-period house is located at Ballintaggart as you approach Dingle town.
It was built in 1703 as a hunting lodge for the Earl of Cork. This commanding iconic property was a private residence up until the mid-1990s, when it became a tourism destination and was run as a hostel and campsite.
From the late 2000s until 2019, it was run as a popular bespoke wedding venue with guest accommodation.
The Main House consists of an entrance porch leading into the main reception hall with two large reception rooms off to the right and left.
Ballindoolin House, Carbury, Co. Kildare – €4,750,000
A classically elegant late Georgian country house on c.96ha(238acres), with up to c.252ha(625acres) available, by further negotiation.
Ballindoolin has been at the heart of Kildare affairs since it was built in 1822, with gorgeous proportions, beautiful aspects, generous spaces and marvellous craftsmanship, the house has been exquisitely restored by its current owners.
It comprises lush farmlands including tillage land, grassland and woodland and has both a coach yard and a stable yard.
Its outbuildings include a museum, restaurant and shop (run by the previous owner and not currently in use).
Kilmurry House, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny – €7,500,000
The Manor House Kilmurry House is an elegant five-bay, three-story limestone structure above a garden-level villa. What is most notable about the house is the amount of natural light, rare in historic homes.
Here, glass doors and double-height windows bring in the light and the views.
The reception rooms are grandly proportioned and embellished with original details, such as ornately carved fireplace mantles and crown mouldings.
Kilmurry House is a luxurious family home for the 21st century, with ample spaces for relaxation, recreation, and entertaining.
The grand ballroom offers views of the lake and the Capability Brown landscape beyond.
While the indoor pool is a contemporary addition with walls of glass that open to a sun terrace in summer and provide insulation in the winter.
A light-filled reception hall with a fireplace welcomes guests and flows into the formal living and dining rooms.
An open staircase rises to the bedrooms on the top two levels. The primary suite is appointed with a fireplace, a dressing room, and a lavish bathroom and overlooks the two-acre walled garden.
Woodbrook House, Woodbrook, Portarlington, Co. Laois – €2,750,000
An impressive and substantial late Georgian house comprising 2 and 3 storeys privately set within its own lands.
Extensive restorations over the last number of years included the rebuilding of a mid-18th century wing complete with a four-storey tower and undertook much of the structural repairs necessary, but repairs in some parts of the residence are incomplete.
1 Gulladoo Village, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim – €695,000
This Lakeside Holiday Village has excellent further potential located on 2.48 Acres with a shoreline of approximately 550 metres in perimeter, a six-boat floating berth, and 3 raised decking areas overlooking Gulladoo Lough.
The adjoining Boat House could be refurbished to accommodate a café/bar/restaurant building with a large decking area overlooking the lake.
There is also potential to use the old retreat centre building for alternative use, i.e. facilities building, water sports centre, arts & crafts, health spa, holistic healing etc.
This building was used as a retreat and rehab centre in the past to include painting/arts and crafts.
Winterwood, Adare Manor, Adare, Co. Limerick – €3,500,000
Truly impressive yet totally welcoming, both generous and beautiful, Winterwood offers you the opportunity to own a signature home on the grounds of historic Adare Manor.
Winterwood, positioned on a private 3.4 acre site, is part of a small, secure gated enclave in the lush and mature Adare Manor parklands.
Laid out over three floors, the house brilliantly combines notable entertaining spaces with cosy family rooms, ideal for relaxing together.
Set at the heart of its own grounds, in which established planting offers complete privacy, the design of Winterwood opens the house to the gardens, with wrap-around patios and an enclosed courtyard, so that it is truly a house to enjoy to the full in all seasons.
Keel, Ballymahon, Co. Longford – €900,000
Located in Keel, just a few km outside the picturesque town of Ballymahon, a peaceful and well-run community, this property features five bedrooms, one main bathroom, two ensuites, utility toilet, large sitting room, kitchen, basement with elevator, office, walk-in hot-press, electric gates and is set on 7 acres of lush green land with panoramic countryside views.
With nine rooms in total (plus an entrance hall and kitchenette), this house offers potential owners plenty of room to be creative and put their own unique influence on the place.
The property is perfectly located to give a feeling of privacy and peacefulness but without being too far away from essential amenities such as shops, medical assistance, restaurants and bars in the nearby town.
Deerpark Road, Ravensdale, Dundalk, Co. Louth – €1,900,000
A custom-built residence designed in traditional proportion for contemporary living, the classic central rotunda layout and the attention to architectural detail set this residence apart.
This elegant residence, designed by renowned architect Fergus Flynn Rogers and custom built to the most exacting standards, comprises 555sqm or 5974sqft of luxurious accommodation in perfect proportion.
The residence incorporates a layout that accommodates contemporary family and country living, complete with a series of stylish and opulent finishes, all framed around traditional features and fixtures, set within a thoughtfully laid out series of generous light-filled rooms. All complemented with the best of functional modern facilities, appliances and features one would expect in a home of this quality.
Glenmore House On C.165acres, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo – €2,800,000
Dating from 1790, Glenmore House is a classic Georgian three-storey country house. It combines elegant formality with all the ingredients needed for relaxed family living.
Perfectly private on its own extensive grounds, it is also within convenient reach of Crossmolina, the larger towns at Ballina, Westport and Castlebar, and is just an hour from Knock Airport.
A key part of local history and society, Glenmore has been beautifully maintained by its owners, each generation taking care of the house to hand on to the next.
Described by the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage as an important component of the domestic built heritage of County Mayo, it is listed as having a high quality of workmanship and artistic composition.
Flagmount, Slane, Co. Meath – €3,250,000
Flagmount extends to approx. 650sqm/ 7,000 sq.ft along with a state of the art crescent shaped courtyard incorporating 12 stables surrounded by 20 acres of pasture and woodlands. Approached via electric security gates and a sweeping hedge-lined avenue, the main residence emerges as an immaculately presented double-fronted family home with an enviable courtyard.
The Period style front door opens into a stunning entrance hall with an expanse of warm, natural stone flooring combined with the elegant traditional panelling setting the tone for the classic style and comfort throughout the rest of the accommodation.
Moving through to the entrance hall is the centre hall with a triple-height ceiling, mahogany staircase and a feature glass atrium, from which hangs a spectacular chandelier. Off the left reception room is a library fitted with open bookcases and access to the communications cabinet.
Glynch House, Newbliss, Co. Monaghan – €1,150,000
Glynch House sits on the outskirts of Newbliss village, once home to the ancient Barony of Dartree and just a mere 7.7km from the town of Clones in County Monaghan.
Newbliss village itself has a host of day-to-day amenities, including a service station, butcher, post office and a number of pubs. Glynch House is within walking distance of Killeevan Central National School, and many good secondary schools are in close proximity.
Clonmore House, Clonbullogue, Co. Offaly – €1,100,000
This mid-18th property with an adjoining chapel has undergone changes from its former use.
A large three bay two-storey extension was added to the front of the house in c. 1850.
Whilst the house is now in use as a private dwelling, the chapel structure has been retained and sympathetically incorporated into domestic household use.
The retention of the chapel as an integral part of the structure’s history and as a reminder of the important social function this building played in the local community contributes to the property’s historical and social significance.
Abbey House, Abbey House, Abbeytown Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon – €950,000
This stunning period house in the heart of Boyle was previously registered as a BnB and was operated up until recently.
The three coachman’s units provide additional accommodation.
Built in the 1850s, this property is located in the heart of Boyle and offers purchasers ample opportunity for residential or commercial activity.
The property complements the adjoining abbey, and its land wraps around it and large gardens to the front and rear border the Boyle River to the side.
The property is well designed, and the site offers security tranquillity with mature gardens.
Down Yonder, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo – €2,400,000
Down Yonder is a most impressive house perched on an elevated position with magnificent uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean and Benbulben Mountain.
The property offers seclusion and privacy whilst being within walking distance of Rosses Point village and only 8 kilometres from Sligo Town.
The house is approached through a walled entrance, flanked by stone piers and cast-iron gates, via a sweeping tree-lined, hardcore driveway which leads to the front of the house.
Built in 2003, the house was comprehensively refurbished in 2017.
The Sopwell Hall Estate, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary – €8,500,000
A most distinguished early 18th-century Irish country house positioned within an estate of some 300 acres, including attractive parkland and mature woodland and a 16th-century castle and has five Principal Reception Rooms and 10 Bedrooms.
The house is privately and centrally positioned deep within mature parkland, and the stone outbuildings are of the highest quality and richly augment the house and castle.
A Studio, Gardener’s Cottage, Bailiff’s House and 2 Gate Lodges complete the accommodation to present some 18,342 square feet or 1,704 square metres of possible accommodation in total.
Pebble Beach, Upper Curragh, Ardmore, Co. Waterford – €2,500,000
Yankee Cottage, Upper Curragh, Ardmore, County Waterford is a truly amazing beachfront property.
Perched literally overlooking the magic Curragh Beach, one of the plethora of special beaches dotted around the picturesque village of Ardmore in West Waterford.
Offering phenomenal residential and leisure opportunities, this award-winning Architectural designed property is truly a generation purchase.
The residence stands on circa 5 acres and has a private landscaped Garden behind an automatic gated entrance.
Built in 1997/1998, an impressive Swimming Pool forms the central theme of this home, giving the impression of having a private Leisure Centre as it also includes a full Jacuzzi, Steam Room and Sauna.
Harmsworth House, Loughagar Beg, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath – €995,000
Built in 2003, Harmsworth House was designed by Mr Brendan McGettigan to take full advantage of the light and stunning views of the surrounding country and Mullingar Cathedral.
As you enter the house, you are met with a superb light-filled entrance hall featuring a dramatic circular gallery-style staircase with a dome centrepiece.
Formal reception rooms include a sitting room which is carpeted throughout with a Kingstar wood burning stove and a triple aspect double glazed bay window.
The kitchen is finished to an excellent standard with a mixture of high and low-level red oak units with a black granite countertop, a Beko American style fridge, a Stanley range cooker, electric oven and hob, as well as an impressive island unit and separate breakfast counter with seating for three people.
Downstairs is complete with a utility room, office, WC and large double ensuite bedroom featuring a jacuzzi bath.
Mount View House, Tomsallagh, Ferns, Co. Wexford – €1,350,000
This magnificent countryside estate built in 1995 stands on c. 26.5 acres of prime agricultural land with excellent road frontage.
The property is approached by a wide electric gated granite stone entrance and a tarmacadamed and kerbed drive, lined with a mature range of trees and hedging.
There is spacious parking on all aspects of the residence, and it enjoys the breathtaking, commanding, panoramic views of Co. Wexford, which frame the property.
Bushey Park Enniskerry Wicklow, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow – €9,850,000
An exquisite late-Georgian country home magically positioned against a backdrop of the Dublin Mountains within a picture-postcard like scene, all just 13 miles or 21 km from Dublin city centre and 1.5 miles or 2.4 km from Enniskerry village.
Completed circa 1815 in the Georgian Villa style Bushey Park is a wonderful light-filled home.
An interlinking suite of fine reception rooms is ideal for entertaining, but equally of a scale so as to be comfortable for family living. The principal reception rooms link to a large kitchen and family room and onward to the leisure complex and studio.
The main staircase, back staircase and elevator link to the 8- bedroom suites on the first floor, each generous and enjoying fine views.
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