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Humewood Castle is a 32,668 square feet (3,035.0 m2)[1] Gothic-fantasy mansion built in 1870 in 427 acres of parkland at Kiltegan, County Wicklow. The mansion was originally built as a private residence of the Hume family. It is currently owned by American billionaire John Malone.

Built of granite, the 3-story main building is flanked by a tall, round turreted tower at one end and a more angular tower at the other. The ground floor consists of a drawing room, dining room, salon and ballroom banqueting hall and a lower ground floor a billiard room, smoking room and wine cellar. The upper floors contain 12 bedrooms.


The Hume family had settled at Humewood and built a castle there in the 15th century. The estate passed down through successive generations to Fitzwilliam Hume (1805–1892) who was the wealthy MP for Wicklow from 1852 to 1880. He commissioned architect William White to design a country retreat for the summer and the shooting season. White exceeded his brief and the final result, built between 1867 and 1870, was today's Gothic fantasy which far exceeded the budget, bankrupting White in the process. Fitzwilliam Hume assumed the surname of Dick in 1864 under the terms of a legacy. His only son William Hume inherited the property and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Wicklow and served as High Sheriff of Wicklow for 1896.

After William Hume's death the estate passed to his daughter Catherine Marie-Madeleine (Mimi), who had married Jacques Weygand, son of the French General Maxime Weygand. They had no children. Shortly before her death in 1992, Mimi Weygand presented the majority of the estate cottages, including several in Kiltegan, to her tenants. The castle and 450-acre estate were subsequently sold at auction to the German businesswoman Renata Coleman for £1 million.

Renata Coleman developed the house into an upmarket private hotel and introduced duckshooting and polo in the grounds. She marketed it in 2004 at an offering price of EUR 16 million.[2] Coleman sold it to the Galway developer John Lally’s company, Lalco, to be further developed. Economic conditions were unfavourable, however, and in 2012 it was sold at a loss for 8 million euros to American billionaire John Malone.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Liberty's John Malone buys another Dublin hotel — and did I mention the castle?". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ Clemence, Sara (2004-12-14). Forbes http://www.forbes.com/2004/12/14/cx_sc_1214how.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "19th-century Humewood Castle south of Dublin, for sale". Centurion Magazine. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  4. ^ "A humble €8m for Humewood Castle". Irish Times. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  5. ^ Flynn, Finbarr (21 May 2013). "John Malone Buys Irish 'Green Banana' as Castle Prices Fall". Bloomberg. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

Coordinates: 52°54′36″N 6°36′43″W / 52.910°N 6.612°W / 52.910; -6.612

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Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:31:13 -0700

... purchase of a Dublin site in Sandyford for which a €15m deposit had been paid. Mr Lally also emerged in 2006 as having paid €25m to Renata Coleman for Humewood Castle in Co Wicklow. Mr Lally was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:33:56 -0700

Currently, he is refurbishing the Gothic Humewood Castle in Co Wicklow, for which he paid €8m in 2012. He also bought Ballylinch Stud, set on 840 acres in the lush lands of Co Kilkenny; the stud was previously part of the Mount Juliet estate at Thomastown.

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Sat, 04 Apr 2015 18:31:46 -0700

Mr Lally bought Humewood Castle for €25m in 2008. However, his ambitious plans for a €250m tourism development never materialised and Humewood Castle Mr Malone bought the castle for €8m in 2012. Lalco Hotel Group employs more than 1,100 ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:31:28 -0700

Among his purchases have been the Westin Hotel in central Dublin for around €70m last year, while he bought Humewood Castle in Co Meath for €8m in 2012. By far the biggest single deal so far has been Dalata's purchase of the Morans Hotel group from ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Sun, 03 Nov 2013 18:39:06 -0800

First-time visitors to Humewood Castle in Kiltegan, County Wicklow, can't help it. They simply say, "Wow." It's that big, that stunning - that, well, fairy tale. It's vast and turreted, and the view towards the mountains looks like a Hollywood backdrop ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 16:16:38 -0700

Humewood Castle, about a 90-minute drive south of Dublin, was built in the 1860s and includes 15 bedrooms, a ballroom, billiards room and banqueting hall. Source: Sherry Fitzgerald via Bloomberg ...
Irish Times
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:15:32 -0700

It sold for €25 million in 2006, and is now priced at €8m, but Humewood Castle remains a monument to a lost era of duchesses, servants and investment bankers, writes MICHAEL PARSONS. A VISIT TO Humewood Castle Estate in Co Wicklow prompts ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Sat, 03 May 2014 18:33:49 -0700

Since he started showing an interest in the "auld sod" in the past couple of years, he has bought the Hilton Hotel and the Trinity Capital Hotel in Dublin, and the gargantuan mansion in Wicklow, Humewood Castle. The latter purchase – a splendid ...

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