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The £5m stately (holiday) home: For sale, Bushmills pile with no full-time resident since 1920s

By Linda Stewart

A spectacular north coast mansion used as a holiday home since the 1920s has gone on the market for £5m.

The Grade 1 listed Dundarave House in the village of Bushmills was built for the Macnaghten family in 1846 to a classical design by renowned architect Sir Charles Lanyon, who was also responsible for Belfast's Custom House, Crumlin Road Gaol and the main building of Queen's University Belfast, among others.

Sir Malcolm Macnaghten inherited the house – which is believed to be one of the largest private residences in Ireland – following the death of his father, Sir Patrick Macnaghten, in 2007.

Now he says it no longer has any practical place in the lives of his remaining family.

He added: "The family have moved on.

"We're not justifying the house, really, because we don't use it so much.

"Although it's a very sad decision, it's a great opportunity for the house because it opens up a new chapter and there's the possibility of a new owner putting new life into it."

Set in 549 acres, the house comes with 100 acres of forest described by estate agent Savills as an " excellent pheasant shoot", as well as six dwellings including four gate lodges, two of which were also designed by Lanyon.

The stunning Great Hall was modelled on the Reform Club in London, and Dundarave House has seven main bedrooms off the galleried landing, three of which have separate dressing rooms.

No one has lived at Dundarave full-time since the 1920s, although it has occasionally been used as a shooting lodge or for family events.

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