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Film director Huston's former estate sells for €8m

Courtown Demesne, which has over the years hosted some of Hollywood’s greats
Courtown Demesne, which has over the years hosted some of Hollywood’s greats
Actress Anjelica Huston
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

THE sale of Courtown Demesne, once the glamorous Irish country estate of Hollywood director John Huston and his daughter Anjelica, is believed to have been agreed for a sum in excess of €8m.

The Georgian mansion and stud farm in Kilcock, Co Kildare, was offered for sale a year ago for €10m with 386 acres attached.

Yesterday, the London-based Knight Frank agency confirmed that the historic property had been removed from its website but could not comment on whether or not a deal had been agreed for the house and grounds, which have been owned by legal professional Brendan O'Mahony and his family since the 1980s.

However, a source close to the sale in Ireland confirmed that a separate parcel totalling 44 acres has recently been "sale agreed along with the greater 330-acre demesne".

The identity of the agreed buyer has not been revealed.

The sale follows a number of high-brow bloodstock land sales, most notably that of Tony O'Reilly's Castlemartin with 750 acres, also in Kildare. The property was acquired by US-based businessman John Malone after it had been offered at €28m.

The Georgian home at Courtown was constructed by the Aylmer family in 1815 and later extended.

Throughout its history, the Kilcock property has had associations with the rich and famous, notably director/actor John Huston and his daughter Anjelica, who lived there in the 1950s and hosted some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Maureen O'Hara, Gregory Peck and John Wayne.

The 1,250sqm (13,456sq ft) mansion has been restored at great cost by the O'Mahony family who acquired it in 1981.

Among the features they restored are the dining room parquet floor, which was modelled on a floor in the Palace of Versailles. The three-storey property features six main bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The basement has the original wine cellar, a snooker room with private bar and a gymnasium with sauna.

The property also comes with a helicopter hangar, three equestrian yards, as well as a modern farmyard and three estate cottages. The property also has a tennis court, a croquet lawn, a swimming pool and formal gardens.

Courtown Demesne was put on the market during the boom with an asking price of €21m.

Irish Independent

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