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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.

History[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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 |url= missing 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 Examiner

Irish Examiner
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0800

Mr Malone – who acquired Humewood Castle two years ago – has now spent up to €150m on Irish hotels, and may not be finished yet. Waterford Castle, perhaps, given a penchant for castle and hotel purchases? The Strand Hotel has reportedly been bought ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:32:38 -0800

The include the Westin Hotel in Dublin for €60m, the Trinity City Hotel in Dublin for €30m and Humewood Castle for €8m. The four-star Limerick Strand Hotel was developed at a cost of €40m in 2007. It was built on the site of the former Jurys Hotel and ...
 
Wicklow People
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:03:45 -0700

In 2012 Mr. Malone paid €7.2 million to purchase Humewood Castle and Estate in Kiltegan. The estate is based on 427 acres and includes a mansion of 38,000sq ft surrounded by private woods and lakes. During the height of the boom €25 million was paid ...

FinFacts Ireland

FinFacts Ireland
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0800

The include the Westin Hotel in Dublin for €60m, the Trinity City Hotel in Dublin for €30m and Humewood Castle for €8m. The four-star Limerick Strand Hotel was developed at a cost of €40m in 2007. It was built on the site of the former Jurys Hotel and ...

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 ...
 
Bloomberg
Mon, 20 May 2013 16:16:38 -0700

Malone, the 72-year-old chairman of Liberty Global Inc (LBTYA)., paid about 8 million euros ($10 million) for the neo-Gothic Humewood Castle in Ireland after it captured “my wife's fancy,” Malone said in an interview this month. “We call it our green ...

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 ...

Irish Independent

Denver Business Journal (blog)
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:52:01 -0700

Humewood Castle in Kiltegan, County Wicklow, Ireland, is seen in this undated aerial handout photograph. Billionaire John Malone bought Humewood Castle, about a 90-minute drive south of Dublin, which was built in the 1860s and includes 14 bedrooms, ...
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