Even if you've only sipped on a Guinness beer around St. Patricks Day, with your purchase you've contributed to a kingdom of dry stout. And like any kingdom, Guinness has a grand castle that now — just in time for the upcoming Irish holiday — is for sale.
The 18th-century Guinness Beer castle, also known as , is nestled on 5,000 acres in a secluded Irish valley. Built in 1787 as a hunting lodge, the estate was purchased in 1937 by Ernest Guinness (an heir of Guinness beer founder, Arthur Guinness), who subsequently gifted it to his daughter Oonagh when she married.
And we thought a Barneys gift registry was exquisite.
Oonagh lived in the estate until her death in 1995, reports . Now, owned by a family trust, the castle that was once a hotspot for literati, painters, scholars, actors and other guests (including Michael Jackson when he was trying to escape the paparazzi) is ready for a new owner. Its sale is being handled by Garech Browne, Oonagh's son and founder of Irish record label .
The 27-bedroom, 18-bathroom mansion is distinguished by an 18th-century aesthetic that appears in battlements, trefoil and quatrefoil windows, ogee mantlepieces and crockets — all elements you might find in the traditional vision of a castle. boasts that the home is surrounded by Irish oak woods and one of the few remaining 18th-century landscape gardens.
In addition to the main residence and guest lodge, there are 7 lodges and cottages throughout the property (meaning if you like to host, you can invite dozens of your closest friends over). There also seems to be an abundance of uninvited, yet admittedly still charming, guests: woodland deer.
According to the , the home is filled with works of art by greats like Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Browne would prefer to find an owner who would allow him to live in the home for three months every year and keep all current staff.
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