Victorian castle on medieval site draws international interest with €6.5m guide
Tulira Castle on 250ac at Ardrahan in Co Galway is attracting much international interest. The castle and its outbuildings, along with a gate lodge, stable house, butler's apartment and further staff apartments is renovated to the highest of standards and the entire property comes with a price tag of €6.5m.
Tulira is on a site that was inhabited back to the 12th century. It comprises three main buildings, a medieval tower, courtyard buildings and the Victorian castle.
The original structure, a medieval tower house built by the McHubert Burkes, rests on 12th century foundations. Edward Martyn, founder of the Palestrina Choir and a leading figure in the Irish literary and artistic revival, added a castellated house to the tower in 1882.
Martyn commissioned ecclesiastical architect George Ashlin to design Tulira. It is believed it is the only castle in Ireland that was never overrun, attacked or ransacked and the beautiful Gothic interior attests to this.
According to Charles Irwin of selling agents Ganly Walters, a Dutch executive working for the Mars Company acquired the castle in the mid-1990s. With his wife, he set about a meticulous renovation of the property that included such detail as handmade carpets and engaged medieval experts to advise in the renovation of the tower section.
The castle is approached by an immaculate three-quarter-mile avenue, lined with 95 lime trees and entered through impressive entrance gates brought from Dunsandle House in 1950.
The front facade of the castle is in the Gothic Revival style, while the monumental Great Hall with its 40ft high timber ceiling is the centre piece of the building. The hall features several fine Irish marble columns and a chimney piece designed by Pugin, who famously designed the Palace of Westminster and Maynooth College. The main hall window was first glazed in the year 2000, when the present 12-piece stained glass window was installed based on a design taken from Pugin's work.