When it comes to historical homes, the Guinness family is pretty much as high up on the list as you can get.
I don’t know about you, but it has always been a fantasy of mine to own a historical home in Ireland. It doesn’t specifically have to be Ireland, but the idea of a fancy estate in another country that has been around for centuries appeals greatly to the romantic in me, as well as the part of me that enjoys a good ghost story.
Named Luggala, the Guinness estate is sitting on 5,000 acres in Ireland, and is just the kind of property I am talking about. Located 30 miles out of Dublin in Wicklow, the seven-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in the 18th century, and has been in the Guinness family for three generations. The estate itself is nearly 18,000 sq ft of living space, which includes the 7,438 sq ft main house.
Also located on the grounds are a guesthouse and five lodges, and the property was used in the filming of the movie ‘Braveheart’ and ‘The Tudors’ on HBO. It has also been the temporary home of Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, and Bono.
Luggala was put on the market by Garech Brown, the 77-year-old great, great, great grandson of Arthur Guinness. He inherited the property from his mother in 1970, and restored it in 1996. It has been on the rental market in recent years for $23,000 per month USD, but is now for sale at an appropriate asking price of $30 million.
Luggala is listed as one of the finest intact historic estates left in Ireland, so that coupled with its diverse Hollywood pedigree should be enough to entice the right buyer.
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