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Great Spaces: The Castle of Your Dreams

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Ireland_castleEver dreamt of living in a national landmark? Located in Ardrahan, Galway, Ireland, this stunning castle (yes, castle) is just that. Called Tulira castle, the property is one of Ireland’s most historically significant castles, with a rich architectural and anthropological heritage.

In addition to the recognition one gets from living in a castle, the future owner will be able to boast that Tulira is the only castle in Ireland that has never been invaded, attacked or ransacked.

Sprawled on 101 hectares (that translates to 249.5 acres), the castle consists of three main buildings, a medieval tower and additional courtyard buildings. A castellated house was added to the tower in 1882 by Edward Martyn, a leading figure in the Irish Literary and Artistic revival, who commissioned the notable George Ashlin as his architect.

Just getting to the castle is a sight itself. The driveway consists of an immaculate three-quarter-mile stretch lined with 95 lime trees.

Stroll through the stunning gardens, take in the monumental Great Hall with 40-foot timber ceilings, feast in the dining room that still has original wallpaper from the 1880s, and relax in the library, dominated by an oversized limestone mantelpiece. You can sip coffee in the Morning Room, the brightest room in the castle, and if you’re feeling positively medieval, take the stone spiral staircase up to the tower, where you can relax by the fireplace and take comfort in an adjacent vaulted and brick-clad room.

Listed for: $8,764,833

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