Wednesday 16 January 2019

Clontarf industrialist McMurtry owns €36m Sherlock pad

Swinhay House
Swinhay House

Nick Webb

The grand finale of BBC hit drama Sherlock was something of a head-melter. But the star of the show was the incredible wow mansion, owned by evil face-licking villain and newspaper magnate Charles Magnussen.

It's Swinhay House near North Nibley in Gloucestershire. This is owned by Clontarf-born inventor and industrialist David McMurtry, who has a 36.2 per cent stake in €1.7bn-valued UK listed precision engineering firm Renishaw. That stake is worth €615m.

McMurtry dropped a stonking €36m on the eco-house in 2001, building it in a green belt as part of a special government-sanctioned scheme. McMurtry was paid €26.9m in dividends over the last two years, so it's an expense, he can probably absorb.

The 30,000sq ft spiral-designed house on 10 different levels includes eight bedrooms contained in three separate wings, two-lane bowling alley, 25m swimming pool and squash court, fully enclosed and glazed 'winter garden', 'panorama room' and viewing tower. The garage is large enough for eight cars, and around one of the bedroom wings flows a water canal that cascades into a lagoon. There's also 60 acres of land. But despite all this luxury, McMurtry never moved in.

"I took the bait, which I now deeply regret. I was interested in it being energy-efficient and super-insulated," he told the Sunday Independent two years ago. "But I've never lived there. My wife said, 'No way'."

Irish Independent

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