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Jacko's lodge up for rent at €20k a week

MICHAEL Jackson's Wicklow bolthole, the famous Luggala Lodge, is up for rent at €20,000 a week.

Owned by the Guinness family, the Wicklow estate has entertained royalty, rock stars, poets and playwrights throughout the years.

But now it is part of a national trust and mere mortals can make it their home for a week or more.


Its most famous tenant of recent years was Michael Jackson who stayed there for nearly 11 weeks with his children in 2006.

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.

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

"Part of the attraction is its privacy," explained 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 told the Herald.

Ernest Guinness gave the property to his daughter Oonagh as a wedding present in 1937.

And 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.

The lodge looks on to Lough Tay and the beach was transformed to film the highly successful The Vikings.