New Homes on the MarketLegendary Film Actor and Director John Huston’s Former Estate Comes on the Market with Planning Permission for Further Development
Published Monday, June 27, 2011 Updated on Monday, January 1, 1900

Legendary Film Actor and Director John Huston’s Former Estate Comes on the Market with Planning Permission for Further Development

A unique Irish property offered by Christie’s International Real Estate exclusive Affiliate in Ireland Sherry FitzGerald

County Kildare, IrelandCourtown Demesne owned by legendary film actor and director John Huston back in the 50’s, has played host to stars like Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, John Wayne and Irish nobility. Set within 433 acres of glorious mature parkland, with unrivalled views of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, this estate has been granted full planning permission for further development.

Approved future development plans include a 90-acre state of the art business park for commercial purposes, a 126-bedroom hotel with conference facilities, spa and gymnasium areas, an 18-hole golf course with its own clubhouse and 72 holiday homes.

Giles Hannah Director of Sales at Christie’s International Real Estate says, “Rare to the market, this is an exceptional property with the opportunity to create an exciting enhanced development. As the market recovers the timing is exciting for an incoming purchaser to generate a special retreat with excellent infrastructure.”

This splendid residence enjoys a wealth of exceptional features and possesses a fascinating provenance dating as far back as 1815. The surrounding territory was occupied by the descendants of an Irish king in the second century and has passed through several hands since. During John Huston’s tenure in the 50’s, Huston filmed the movie Moby Dick and enjoyed riding in his spare time.

The main house which offers six bedrooms and four bathrooms is laid out over two floors and is accessed by an impressive panelled ceiling entry hall with a central oak staircase leading to the upper floors. The master bedroom features an en suite bathroom and a walk-in closet with an adjoining dressing room. The drawing room’s timber flooring was inspired by the floors of the Versailles palace while the dining room is anchored by an elegant fireplace and enjoys ample daylight from eight large windows.

Three of the interconnecting reception rooms overlook the paddocks and the quaint surrounding countryside whilst the basement encompasses 16 rooms including a sauna, a gymnasium, a billiards room, office space, a wine cellar, a laundry room, and storage spaces.

The estate also offers a self-contained two bedroom apartment and two houses in the main courtyard, one of which has been converted into a 10-room office facility and the other is used to house guests or staff. In addition there are two gate lodges on the property, one at the entrance of each avenue leading to the estate. Two garages and two carriage houses are also available.

The broad verdant grounds offer a tree-shaded grove, ideal for leisurely walks, as well as a great variety of outdoor activity options with polo grounds, a tennis court, croquet lawns, and an outdoor swimming pool complete with changing rooms. A large indoor arena is also suitable for equestrian use.

“This is a wonderful Country Estate with a magnificent residence located just outside Ireland's capital city Dublin. The opportunities to further develop an extensive Business and Technology park, Hotel, Golf Course, and several Holiday Homes make this property even more exciting," says Philip Sherry, Executive Chairman at Sherry FitzGerald Countrywide.

A range of agricultural amenities is also available, including a barn, an isolation yard, a dovecote, a polo tack and hunting room, a farm office, a workshop and feed room.

Courtown Demesne is approximately 30 minutes away from central Dublin and Dublin airport and only 10 minutes from Weston Executive airport but the estate’s private helicopter landing area makes access even easier. 


For press enquiries contact: Antonia Koumantaropoulou, Christie’s International Real Estate, +44 207 389 2855 For sales enquiries contact: Giles Hannah, Christies International Real Estate, +44 207 389 2631,

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