AS THE YEAR comes to an end, it can be satisfying to look back on the past 12 months and see what they’ve brought.
In this case, we’re looking at four of Daft.ie’s most viewed listings in 2020 – from a castle in Co Westmeath to a coastal mansion in Dalkey.
With views of Dublin Bay, Howth, Dalkey Island and across to the Wicklow Hills, Mount Alverno is a truly spectacular property. The five-bed residence, which was constructed in 2009, boasts a sleek and modern interior of 7,050 sq ft with high quality features and furnishings, including granite pillars, a lift and marble tilings.
Located on an elevated site of just under one acre, a large sun terrace off the family room and drawing room makes for the perfect place to entertain outdoors. Numerous mature shrubs and trees create a wonderful sense of privacy, with meandering paths throughout.
Got €20 million to spare, anyone? If so, The Abbey Leix Estate could be yours. Located within an ancient woodland demesne of over 1,000 acres – including frontage to the River Nore – the late 18th century mansion spans a colossal 26,910 sq ft.
There are 10 lodges and cottages on the estate, while the main house boasts nine bedrooms. The property is packed with history and features an Italianate interior, complete with decorative plasterwork, ornate fireplaces and expansive rooms for entertaining. Want to know more? Abbey Leix Estate is our featured Dream Home this week, and you can read the full article here.
Tucked away in the Co Cork countryside, Avalon has been artfully designed to complement its surroundings while also being modern and striking. It’s perfectly positioned to soak up uninterrupted views of the Kinsale coastline, the Sovereign Islands and beyond, with feature windows throughout the property.
Inside, the living areas seamlessly flow from one room to the other thanks to clever zoning. There are two living rooms, a dining room, and the kitchen and family room. From the latter, there’s a sweeping veranda with a hot tub and fire pit. The roof of the property is flat, and makes for the perfect spot to set up an outdoor cinema.
Positioned within a rolling parkland estate, Knockdrin Castle boasts a picturesque location and an extravagant interior. The gothic revival castle dates back to the 18th century and measures 19,376 sq ft, including 12 bedrooms, a ballroom and a library. Winston Churchill stayed in one of the bedrooms – the Crown Bedroom – during the War of Independence.
The sale includes 350 acres of grounds, although up to 1,180 acres are available. The grounds comprises agricultural lands, woodland, gardens and farmstead, as well as a large lake, Lough Drin. Four estate lodges complete the expansive accommodation.