Do you dream of living like a royal? Following the recent birth of Baby Sussex, we're thinking all things castles. Here's one available to buy in Co Kerry now...
The Ring of Kerry (or Iveragh Peninsula to give it its proper name), has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years. Its stunning scenery is second-to-none, offering coastal views, forestry, and river views to all those who visit. If you’ve ever dreamed of making this part of Ireland your home, have a look at this extravagant castle available to buy right now.
Located on the shore of Kenmare Bay, An Culu is a contemporary castle with panoramic views over the water, towards the Caha Mountains.
Just like the castles in children's fairytales, this property is surrounded by a moat and can be accessed via a drawbridge. Not only that, but it also features castellations and turrets, as well as an impressive round-tower.
According to local estate agent Savills, the castle has been finished to an exceptionally high standard, with bright and well-proportioned rooms. What's more, the majority of these rooms benefit from spectacular views of the surrounding bay and forestry.
The decor oozes historic grandeur; though admittedly it won't be to everyone's taste. The hardwood floors, heavy drapes and thick, patterned carpets are reminiscent of the Harry Potter films; while the extravagant ceiling paintings and intricate plasterwork add to the old-world feel. Still, the rooms are cosy and family-friendly; and if you're into this type of interior design, the castle could make a dream home.
There are three large reception areas for those who like to entertain; the first of which is a spacious dining room with a six-seater dining table (though a large table could be fitted in easily). There's also a feature fireplace, polished wood-panelled walls, and an elegant floor candelabra.
The castle also boasts two large living rooms; both of which have tall, stone fireplaces. One also has patio doors leading to the grounds and a sky-painted ceiling; while the other is overlooked by an upstairs landing.
Don’t let the castle walls or interiors trick you; this is a contemporary castle when it comes to facilities. The kitchen is fully fitted with all mod-cons, as well as a centre island, allowing for additional space for food preparation. There’s also a large dining table, should the main dining room be too formal for breakfast.
The castle’s four bathrooms are beautifully fitted with a variety of marble and tile finishes. Additionally, for increased convenience, there is a lift system providing access to all floors.
What's more, there are six spacious bedrooms, making this property suitable for both a comfortable family home and/or a potential B&B opportunity.
One of the most impressive parts of this home is the magnificent grotto-style swimming pool complex. Located underground, this pool gives the impression you're swimming in a cave; away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There's also a large seating area around the pool for when you want to sit back and relax.
Outside on the grounds, there is a garage and garden storeroom, as well as views of a beautiful, cascading waterfall.
At a whopping €4,500,000, it certainly doesn't come cheap. Time to start playing the Euromillions, perhaps?
Photos by James Butler via Savills on Daft.ie
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