I’ve never been to Ireland but it’s on the bucket list. If I ever get a chance to visit I would love to spend a night in a historic castle. Wouldn’t that be an incredible experience? Luggala Lodge is one such place that has a very long list of famous guests. But if you want more than just a short visit to a castle and prefer to call one home then how about actually purchasing Luggala for a mere $30 million. It is situated on 5,000 acres of picturesque land that is just 28 miles outside of Dublin. It comes with everything you can imagine from such an esteemed piece of property including a caretaker house, guest quarters, horse stables, boat house, and an indoor pool. The castle was built in 1787 and later purchased by the La Touche family, who were Dublin bankers. The property was then sold in 1937 to Ernest Guinness as a wedding present for his daughter.
It isn’t so much an estate as a kingdom, a veritable Middle Earth of heather-covered-mountains, silvery waterfalls and lakes, emerald forests and meadows. —W Magazine
To whet your appetite about the intriguing history of this property, be sure to check out the property’s website. Alternatively, for a more in-depth insight on the history of Luggala and its prior inhabitants, add a copy of Luggala Days to your library. The book is authored by Robert O’Byrne and is sure to provide very captivating details on the history of the estate.
O’Byrne treats the house like a three-dimensional novel, mining centuries of gossip, scandal, and tragedy, as well as family albums, guest books, letters, and diaries, to create a 256-page volume that is as satisfying as a pint of the stout that fueled the family of Luggala’s fortune. –Architectural Digest