John Huston’s Palace in Ireland for Sale
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Famous American actor, film director and screenwriter John Huston’s amazing estate in Ireland is currently for sale via Christie’s International Real Estate. The historic Irish property, called Courtown Demesne is one of the most exclusive estates in the country and it was visited by Irish nobility and iconic Hollywood figures like Katharine Hepburn, John Wayne and Gregory Peck.
The main house on the property is a two-story mansion with six bedrooms and four bathrooms, plus a basement level with sixteen rooms, including a gymnasium, a sauna, a wine cellar, a billiards room, an office space, storage spaces and a laundry room. The master bedroom flaunts an adjoining dressing room, a walk-in closet and an en-suite bathroom among other facilities.
Upon entry, guests will be amazed at the sight of a magnificent hall with paneled ceiling, four arches and a white marble mantelpiece with pillars and carved motifs. An elegant dining room, filled with natural light through eight large windows is further embellished by a lovely fireplace. The drawing room features timber flooring that’s inspired by the ones at Versailles. There are three interconnecting reception rooms that overlook the charming countryside and the paddocks.
This amazing mansion is clearly not the only construction on the immense 433-acre property. One of the two additional houses in the main courtyard is ideal for guest or staff accommodation, while the other one has already been transformed into a 10-room office facility. Several “outdoor treasures” include a boutique stud farm, croquet lawns, polo grounds, a tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool with changing rooms, and even a helipad. Horse lovers will also enjoy the indoor arena that’s perfect for equestrian use.
The buyer of this stunning property will have the possibility to further develop it by adding a hotel with 126 bedrooms, spa and gym areas, conference facilities, an 18-hole golf course with clubhouse, a high-tech business park and 72 holiday homes. These are all approved development plans, however the future owner can also keep the property exactly the way it is. Price is on request, but rumor has it that the Courtown Demesne will set some rich person back some $28 million.