A LUXURIOUS castle property situated on the edge of Kenmare Bay in County Kerry, Ireland has been sold for a cool €4.5 million.
The sale of An Culu – a former ‘tea folly’house – represents one of the largest country property transactions in Ireland this year.
It sits on 4.5-acres of land overlooking the stunning setting of Kenmare Bay and it was meticulously renovated late 1990’s after it was purchased by UK entrepreneur Kevin Reardan.
The 9,000 sq. ft. property is located amongst vast Coillte forest lands and it has been often described as one of Ireland’s best kept secrets due to its hidden nature – a feature that attracted its new owner.
The sale was handled by Savills Cork office in conjunction with its Country Homes division, and negotiated by director Catherine McAuliffe and her associate Michael O’Donovan.
“This was definitely one of the most unique properties we have had the pleasure of selling” said Ms McAuliffe, who described the property as a truly magnificent home in the most private and tranquil setting”.
Most definitely not your typical fairytale castle, An Culu was designed and decorated to ensure its residents have a full authentic castle experience.
It features a moat, drawbridge, castellated entrance, stained glass windows and cut-stone staircase which serves all five storeys to include a top floor living room with domed frescoed ceiling.
The property also boasts a magnificent terrace to inhale the amazing views over Kenmare bay with the Caha mountain backdrop.
Modern luxuries include a leisure basement with heated swimming pool, steam room and sauna, a lift serving all floors, full Bose sound system throughout and an extensive gas-fired central heating system.
The extensive use of material in silk padded walls, bed canopies and sumptuous drapes and curtains certainly portray the historic theme to the building, together with extensive use of cut-stone fireplaces and oak and cherrywood panelling and carpentry throughout.
The octangular conservatory has superb views of the bay and over the purpose-built harbour with deep water quay and floating marina.
The new owner plans to spend a large part of the year at An Culu where he plans to entertain overseas guests and business associates as well as being able to appreciate some down time in this luxurious haven.
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