Friday 28 October 2016

Would you pay €10,000 a month to live your own Irish castle?

Grantstown Castle - Rent: €10,000 per month

Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30

The exterior of the castle.
The dining area of the castle
The view down to the great hall.

Henry VII was sandwiched in history by both his more famous predecessor Richard III and successor Henry VIII, but, nevertheless, ruled from 1457-1509 and was a great statesman with little interest in conquering foreign lands.

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Although, like most monarchs before and after, he did manage to fall out with the French.

During his economically successful reign, his appointed Earl of Ormond, based in Kilkenny Castle, instructed (probably) builder Edmund de Burgo to construct Grantstown Castle.

It leaves one to wonder what the Tudor king might have thought about it being made available to the non titled wealthy as a holiday rental some 550 years later.

The gallery looking down to the living room
The gallery looking down to the living room

Since its modern restoration over the last 16 years, the current owner has retained an interior of splendid and historically empathetic proportions.

There were no trips to Ikea during the making of this tenancy and a bracing climb up and down the six stories will make a home gym redundant.

Located near the village of Kilfeakle, the ground floor houses the kitchen and a dining room.

Up a straight flight of steps is the entrance to the first floor double bedroom.

With walls 6ft thick, you needn't worry about keeping the household awake with any snoring. However, if the mood should overtake you, there's a promising 'murder hole' at this level to counteract any unwelcome nocturnal activity.

On the third floor is a vaulted room and double bedroom with ensuite, while the Great Hall is on the fourth storey along with a four sided gallery for entertaining the lesser dinner guests.

One of the double bedrooms with bed crafted in-situ.
One of the double bedrooms with bed crafted in-situ.

There is another double bedroom on the upper floor within the roof structure accessed from the gallery.

Up a further spiral staircase is the final bedroom with a bird's eye view in case the enemy comes calling. Handily, access to the battlements is here, just in case.

The magnificent beds were crafted in-situ as hoisting them in and out in a tower castle's narrow windows wasn't something the Tudors considered.

The 'Knole' sofas in the Great Hall were also custom made and assembled within. Linens and bed-warmers are provided.

The owner says although the castle can be rented weekly, his preference is for "two to four months". He adds: "Nothing is cast in stone." Unlike his magnificent residence.

LEASE: Minimum one month.

Enquiries: Premier Properties Ireland (094) 9546868.

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