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Carton House on sale for £53m - Carton House was backdrop to Kubrick film

By Aaron Tinney

An opulent country estate that has hosted royalty, sports heroes and provided the backdrop to Stanley Kubrick's classic 1975 film Barry Lyndon can be yours - for a mere £53m.

Carton House, part-owned by a family from Co Tyrone who made a fortune in the construction industry, was converted from a stately home into a 140-bedroom hotel with two championship golf courses.

The Carton House Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort sits on 668 acres in the peaceful surroundings of Co Kildare.

At just 40km from Dublin city centre, it made the house the ideal venue for the world's sporting elite.

From Real Madrid to the Irish rugby team and the 2017 British & Irish Lions, as well as Tiger Woods, the four-star resort in Maynooth became the hotel of choice for visiting teams.

Built in the 18th century at a cost of £26,000, Carton House was originally the country home of the FitzGerald family, whose city home was Leinster House - now the Republic's parliament.

The 165-room hotel includes 18 suites and has hosted three Irish Open golf tournaments.

Rates range from £110 to £540 per night. The owners describes the resort as "pure luxury" and offering "contemporary elegance with modern luxury" and an "opulent opportunity".

Queen Victoria was a guest, and Grace Kelly once stayed there with Prince Rainier.

It was also used in Kubrick's multi-Oscar winning period drama about the adventures of fictional Irish rogue Barry Lyndon, played by Ryan O'Neal.

The two 18-hole championship golf courses at Carton were designed by two-time Major winner Mark O'Meara and Ryder Cup star Colin Montgomerie.

Carton became home to the Golfing Union of Ireland and the National Golf Academy.

Part-owners of Carton House, the Mallaghan family, are from Dungannon in Co Tyrone.

They were owners of the Powerscreen sand and gravel machinery firm until Lee Mallaghan sold it in 1986. The family never lived in Carton, although they have farmed the 1,100 acres and have let various wings of the house, as well as lodges.

Conor Mallaghan said about the sale: "The Mallaghan family are honoured to have had a 40-year association with Carton House and, together with its development partners, remain extremely proud of the standard of restoration achieved on this wonderful heritage property and estate.

"It is now time to pass its stewardship to a new owner whom I trust will continue with its recent revival and will appreciate this amazing place as much as we have."

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