Looking for a sprawling summer home to share with friends or family? The Hamptons are great and all, but how about a 21-room castle on 380 acres of land in Ireland? Now we’re talking….
The gorgeous and historical Glin Castle, a 20,000 square foot home in County Limerick, is currently on the market for around $7.2 million.
At about 700 years old, the structure was originally built by the order of the Knights of Glin and has been passed down from generation to generation in the FitzGerald family, according to Christie’s International Real Estate. But now it’s time for a new owner to take over, and whoever snags it will be oh-so-lucky (no Irish shamrock pun intended — okay, kind of.)
Corinthian columns and a neo-Classical ceiling adorn the main reception hall which leads to the great “flying staircase” that’s lit by a Venetian window looking out onto the gardens.
There is also a drawing room, smoking room, and dine-in kitchen. Oh, and no cool castle is complete without a secret doorway. The library features a mahogany bookcase that conceals a door which leads to the staircase hall.
Outside there are formal gardens and even informal gardens (because sometimes you just don’t want to be formal), mature parkland and woodland walks. The castle also sits on the Shannon Estuary with sweeping views of the water. A dairy farm provides commercial enterprise, and there are three sets of gingerbread-style lodges on the property as well.
According to Bloomberg, many of the home’s furnishings and decorations are also for sale in a collection valued at around $2.6 million. Items include “a set of sixteen 19th century Jacobean dining chairs; a turn-of-the-19th-century mahogany clock; and portraits of Knights of Glin through the ages.”
Interested in purchasing the country estate — or just want to fantasize? You can see a more in-depth tour of it in the video below: