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Monday 28 July 2014

Luggala Lodge... stay a week for just €20,000!

Esther Hayden

Published 08/01/2014|05:44

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THOSE WITH a bit of extra cash to spare can now stay at the former holiday home of the late legendary popstar Michael Jackson.

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Jackson, who stayed in the famous Luggala Lodge in 2006, is just one of a number of famous tenants of the home near Roundwood.

Owned by the Guinness family, the Wicklow estate entertained royalty, rock stars, poets and playwrights throughout the years. Michael Jackson stayed there for nearly 11 weeks with his children in 2006.

But now it is part of a national trust and anyone who has an odd €20,000 spare can make it their home for a week or more.

The 6,000-acre estate is so secluded that no one knew the world's biggest superstar was there until after he'd left.

The seven-bedroom property comes complete with a Rolls Royce chauffeur-driven car and professional cooks as part of the €20,000-a-week package. You'll even get to sleep in the very bed and room that Michael Jackson slept in while he was there. And if you have a spare €250,000 lying around, Luggala can be yours for up to a year at a time.

Crawford's Auctioneers is the sole agent of the property and Nick Crawford said that many high-profile people have taken up residence there since the King of Pop stayed.

'Part of the attraction is its privacy,' said Mr Crawford, but he wouldn't be drawn on Luggala's celebrity clientele.

The only thing he would say was that they were usually 'internationally successful people'. He also said that the idyllic country hideaway is let out as a result of word-of-mouth among these high-profile people.

'Even though it's not your typical holiday cottage, there's already been lots of interest in the estate. It is out of this world,' he said. Ernest Guinness gave it to his daughter Oonagh as a wedding present in 1937. If you are lucky enough to have the cash to rent the place for a week you'll have access to your own private beach.

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