Wicklow estate which sold for €12m in 2007 is back on the market for €3.25m
Sold at €12m in '07, Tynte Park is back on the market
Like many 'big house' Anglo Irish aristos who remained here after the foundation of the Irish state, Miss Violet Tynte chose to address the new order by hurtling herself into a life of vigorous leisure.
A competitive golfer, a pioneering motorist, champion huntswoman, a prize cattle, sheep and dog breeder; Miss Tynte - the last Tynte of Tynte Park House in Dunlavin, Co Wicklow - was no shrinking violet.
Racing around the county in her motor car, she drove the foundation of the Baltinglass Golf Club and became an Irish golfing team international to boot. An irrepressible horsewoman, she became chairman of the Kildare Hunt Club, she was a founder of the Royal Irish Automobile Club and also became a pivotal founder and organiser of the Cocker Spaniel Club of Ireland.
Miss Tynte farmed competitively and won numerous accolades from the RDS for her prize herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and flock of Suffolk sheep. Having presented the Cocker Spaniel Club with a trophy cup (the Tynte Cup is still awarded today), Violet won it back the following year.
When civil war broke out, Violet was not shy in tangling with irregular military interferences on estate lands, coming forward publicly for compensation for the IRA's cutting down of trees and stealing of livestock. But while other big houses burned, Tynte Park was left unscathed. No one wanted to tangle with Violet Tynte.
They're still talking about her around Dunlavin way 53 years after her passing at age 82 in 1963.
Tynte Park changed hands a number of times since, having last been acquired by an Irish businessman with foreign interests in 2007. He was reported to have paid €12m in 2007 for the early 19th century mansion and its 144 acres.
Now with his interests concentrated more in the UK, the owner has brought the property back to market for €3.25m - almost a quarter of the 2007 price - through Savills.
Tynte Park, which hosted members of the British royal family in Violet's day, was constructed in 1835 according to State records, but other sources suggest the work started much earlier in 1820. The two-storey-over-basement five-bay residence is built in the neo classical style and is enlivened by a granite portico around the front door. It comes with a four-bay single storey "service wing".
The house is approached by an entrance hall with its original timber floor and cantilevered staircase. This is the main floor and it includes a morning room, a dining room, a drawing room, a traditional and very large modern kitchen, a laundry room, utility and a boot room.
Most impressive is the ballroom. which comes with a fully sprung parquet floor, a marble fireplace, ornate stucco work and Doric columns. This room has hosted parties of 80-plus.
On the first floor is a galleried landing and five bedrooms, including the master chamber which is dual aspect with a dressing room, built-in wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom with a granite surround bath and a walk-in shower.
A stairs goes up to the attic which has three rooms while the basement floor houses the billiards room, two more bedrooms, the former kitchen with a flagged stone floor, a shower room, wine cellar, boiler room and ancillary storage.
Tynte Park has a two-bay coach house yard with six stables, a tack room, a feed room and an American barn with six stables. There are lunging facilities and a traditional Victorian-walled fruit and vegetable garden. The property also has hard tennis courts.
The lands are in pasture, woodland and include 55ac in tillage and a duck pond for shooting. We can imagine Violet stood there with caller, shooter and spaniels.
Dunlavin, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €3.25m
Agent: Savills Tel: 01 6634350