London, United Kingdom—Lyons Demesne, majestically sited with stunning formal gardens and every modern convenience, including the only private helicopter landing facility in Ireland permitted to operate 24 hours a day, is now available in two even lots totalling 242 fertile hectares, or nearly 600 acres. The first lot includes Lyons Demesne and the Lyons Lodge opposite the main gate as well as the Estate Manager’s house, the Hangar, and the Boathouse. The second lot includes the Shepards View and Pluckstown Gate Lodge houses, as well as the Canal Gate Lodge.
Originally commissioned in 1785 by Lord and Lady Nicholas Cloncurry, this rare Georgian treasure presents a unique opportunity to own an estate with such a long and noble history.
"Lyons Demesne is a rare offering," says Tanc Lidbury, Associate Director for Europe at Christie’s International Real Estate. "For those who appreciate rich history, exquisite detail, and unparalleled craftsmanship, this property will be the ultimate find. It is the pinnacle of elegance and style, matched with state-of-the-art conveniences."
Since its meticulous restoration by Dr. Tony Ryan, the historic manor is in impeccable condition, with contemporary conveniences seamlessly integrated into the original sophisticated design, allowing for a lifestyle of unique luxury. The preservation project was recognized as outstanding when it received the prestigious Europa Nostra and Institut International des Châteaux Historiques joint award for refurbishment in 2001.
Were it not for Dr. Ryan’s intervention, the 19th-Century Italian frescoes, recognized as among the most important of the period, would certainly have been lost. Among them are the drawing room’s Times of the Day mural cycle by Gaspare Gabrielli (1805–1830), which underscore the artist’s skill as a painter of skies—celebrating dawn and day, night and twilight. The restoration uncovered other treasures. The family room’s ceiling, hidden by lining paper and emulsion paint for years, was a laborious exercise to restore this “lost” frieze to its former splendor. Gabrielli’s magnificent roundels, a rare overmantel trompe l’oeil of a martial trophy gracing the entrance hall, and bas-reliefs were similarly saved from ruin by a team led by the Courtauld Institute in London.
The magnificent orangerie and the hall housing a half-Olympic-sized pool, though thoroughly modern, replicate and honor the original structure in both design and materials—rusticated Ballyknocken granite quarried at the original source.
Lyons Demesne offers staff quarters, generous guest accommodations, and entertainment amenities, such as a private cinema, gymnasium, billiards room, private pub, and an indoor swimming pool. Exceptional stud farm facilities, stables situated adjacent to the manor, and outstanding natural gallops further distinguish the property.