SEAN Connery's Seventies' "time-warp" Gothic Irish castle is up for sale, along with a virtual Aladdin's Cave of its original contents.
The contents of the luxury hideaway in Bray, Co Wicklow, are to be auctioned off next month.
Experts expect to raise €500,000 from the valuable antiques and over-the-top furnishings of Violet Hill, which the popular 007 star left in 1978 after four years in residence.
The house, the venue for some wild and extravagant parties in the Seventies, is for sale under private treaty for about €1.6m.
Hollywood pals who partied there in luxury surroundings with Connery and his wife Micheline during the Seventies included superstars Peter Sellers, Peter Ustinov, Liza Minnelli, Laurence Olivier and writers JP Donleavy and Alastair MacLean.
He also invited several top film producers, Hollywood movie bosses, starlets and business people to his hideaway property.
Connery reportedly loved to entertain and his famous friends enjoyed visiting as they could let their hair down and relish complete privacy from fans – all just a short distance from Dublin.
The Hollywood star and his wife, the Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune, married in 1975 and are still together.
A source told the Sunday Independent: "There were some pretty wild parties held there right out of the public eye. With people such as Peter Sellers and Liza Minnelli in attendance, things sometimes got a little out of hand. They drank from antique crystal glasses, relaxed by sitting on Victorian chairs and sofas, and were waited on by his housekeeper."
During the day, the civilised game of croquet was played in the garden, and Connery's own croquet set is also up for sale as is the vintage garden furniture and other knick-knacks from the grounds and garden.
"Sean and Micheline always had fine wines, malted whiskey and the best of food on offer. It soon became a popular weekend retreat for their famous friends. His son Jason from his previous marriage to Diane Cilento also came to visit.
"Apart from partying, he spent most of his time on the golf course. His main passion was golf but he also loved soccer, and he had an antique snooker table in the games room," the source added.
For a working-class lad from Scotland, the gregarious Connery, a well-known raconteur and lover of the good life, was also very well read and enjoyed discussing literature with authors JP Donleavy and Alistair Maclean when they came to visit.
He became friends with the great Laurence Olivier after they made the action movie A Bridge Too Far together in 1977.
While he was friends with notorious revellers Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed, he preferred married life to being a member of a male drinking club, although he said he certainly enjoyed a tipple himself.
Between 1962 and 1983, he made a total of seven Bond movies and was regarded for many years as one of the world's sexiest men.
The next owner of Violet Hill was stunned to stumble across 007's secret retreat with its luxury trappings in perfect condition and asked to buy all the antiques, paintings, fittings and furnishings with which the Hollywood star had fitted out the luxury Gothic castle or inherited with the property.
A German family, they were reportedly in awe of buying a house once inhabited by one of the world's biggest film stars.
The couple and their family have lived there since 1978 but have now moved out while the contents are being catalogued and the house itself readied for sale.
Connery, now 83, has other properties around the world, including a villa in Greece, and agreed to the offer as he wanted to move on.
Auctioneer Damien Matthews, who is handling the sale, has described the collection as "one of the most important auctions of the year".
He is also selling the house, but wants to dispose of the unique contents first.
Connery moved here in the early Seventies, allegedly for tax reasons, and spent his spare time furnishing the property, enjoying the opulent surroundings and playing golf. He told pals he loved Ireland and the way he could walk around without being bothered by people.
Local man Paddy McNally was a close golf pal and after Sean left the country in 1978 he often returned to play a few rounds with his old friend.
Connery, arguably the best-loved James Bond, also made a movie here in 1978 called The First Great Train Robbery. It was shot on location around Dublin and in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
Mr Matthews told the Sunday Independent: "Connery kept a very low profile during his time living here. The house is very secluded and is only 20 minutes from Dublin. It's surrounded by woods and the driveway up to it is nearly a mile long. You'd never find it if you weren't invited. It's also close to Ardmore Studios and he did some indoor scenes there for the film. He had lots of friends visit him while he was living here."
A total of 800 lots are going under the hammer, at prices ranging from €100 to €20,000.
The house was built in 1868 and everything from garden furniture to interior fittings are up for grabs. Antiques, paintings, furniture, glassware and crockery, nearly all antique, are for sale. They are all now online at matthewsauctionrooms.com
The auction of the contents will take place at Violet Hill on Sunday, November 3, at 12pm. A special marquee has been erected in the grounds for the event.
Interest in the sale has come from as far away as China.
Mr Matthews added: "The house is really like a time warp. It's like Sean Connery just walked out the door. The family who bought it left everything as it was."