A WEST CLARE property has gone on the market for a sum of €9.75m.
Dunmore Bay & Horse Island is located in the Loop Head Peninsula is positioned on a sixty acre clifftop site with panoramic views of Loop Head Lighthouse, Kerry Head and the Slieve Mish Mountains.
It is the third most expensive house on the Irish market presently, topping the bill is the €12.5m Censure House in Howth, Co Dublin which is followed by the €9.85m attached to Bushey Park in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow the mansion belonging to singer Chris de Burgh.
Located near Kilbaha Bay, the mansion has deep water mooring, two pubs and a restaurant. The village of Carrigaholt is a seventeen minute drive while Kilrush and Kilkee are approximately a half hour’s drive away. If boat or car is the preferred mode of transport, a marked helicopter pad offers the alternative of air access.
An adjacent private island is included in the sale of the 1,160sq m property. A businessman from the United States who currently resides in Switzerland is understood to be the owner of the house. The house was developed on the site of a former cottage with the majority of works completed within the last two years by an array of professionals and skilled craftsmen sourced both locally and from overseas.
Joint selling agents David Ashmore of Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty and Cormac O’Sullivan of Ennis-based DNG O’Sullivan Hurley have described the fusion of design within the home as “intoxicating” and advised, “achieving building consent in such a position is exceedingly unique and an increasingly unlikely feat”. The Irish Times acknowledge that the residence “may not have universal appeal”.
There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms and three reception rooms within the house, complemented by a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room adjoining the main bedroom, a wine cellar, a glass elevator, and an indoor swimming pool that opens out to a large patio terrace and “champagne room” and changing rooms. It is surrounded by a large enclosed courtyard. A land bridge links the island and there is a small beach within the private bay.
Within the home is a classical design of ornately decorative ceiling cornices replete with gold gilding, a well-executed cantilever stone staircase with elegantly brass coated balustrades and the incorporation of original and exquisite Bossi chimneypieces blended with clean contemporary architectural design. The stair hall extends over three floors and features a remarkable cantilever stone staircase and accesses a glass elevator lift. A study on the upper floor accesses a large roof terrace and links to the rooftop reception room, both having glorious ocean views.
The pool room on the lower level opens out onto a large patio terrace and is augmented by a luxurious ‘Champagne Room’ and changing rooms. The courtyard can be accessed directly from the house, the south patio terrace or the parking courtyard. It includes a curve-fronted garden room, a lily pond and rose beds. The integral garaging can accommodate up to four cars and link to a fuel store and into the axial hall linking to the stair hall, elevator lift and kitchen.