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5 of the most amazing houses up for sale in Ireland this year

The best we’ve seen in 2016.

THE END OF the year is always a good time to look back.

It’s been a fine year for large homes on Ireland’s property market, with some stunning houses going up for sale. Here are five of the most striking properties we saw over the course of 2016.

1. Laragh House: also known as The Tayto Mansion, Killiney

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This six-bedroom late-Victorian home on Killiney Avenue once belonged to Joe Murphy, who created Tayto (and thus could be considered in many ways the real Mr Tayto).

The house was renovated and restored in 2001 but still maintains many original features. It offered stunning interiors…

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… French doors on the first floor to a raised outdoor terrace overlooking the grounds…

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… and phenomenal views. The house went on the market for €2,450,000 with Hunters Estate Agent via Daft.ie.

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2. Barley Hill, Westport: the luxury Mayo mansion with a swimming pool overlooking Clew Bay

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This detached home may have only three bedrooms on paper, but it’s an extremely large country house on an elevated site overlooking Clew Bay in Westport, Co Mayo.

It comes with pretty much everything – including an indoor swimming pool with a picture window offering views across the bay and mountains to gaze at while you do your laps.

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If that isn’t enough, there’s also a gym, sauna, steam room; a huge kitchen with this unusual hanging stove…

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… and this huge terrace for those rare warm Mayo nights. A snip for €895,000, with Sherry Fitzgerald Crowley via Daft.ie.

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3. Currabinny, Crosshaven: the yacht-themed 1920s mansion that keeps its original splendour

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This detached four-bedroom home is perched by the water with panoramic views of Cork harbour and the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The substantial house is light-filled with large rooms, high ceilings and lots of windows.

The gardens have Japanese influences, walkways and pergolas…

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… the reception rooms are a study in restrained elegance…

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… and it even has a bedroom decked out as a yacht’s cabin, for those nautical guests. Currabinny went on the market for €1,100,000 with Sherry Fitzgerald Cork via Daft.ie.

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4. 6 The Demesne: a Scandinavian-inspired architect’s dream in Limerick

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This five-bedroom architecturally striking detached home is on the grounds of Adare Manor in Limerick. It is open plan and has Scandinavian inspirations with a neutral colour palette and timber flooring.

It is designed around a huge double-height central atrium, glazed from the floor all the way across the ceiling…

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… leading to an impressive open-plan living space with mezzanine above.

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… and how’s this for a bedroom? The house went on sale for €1,850,ooo with Sherry Fitzgerald Ltd via Daft.ie.

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5. 83 Anglesea Road: aka minister Shane Ross’s former Ballsbridge retreat

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This imposing house on Anglesea Road in the heart of leafy Ballsbridge was the former home of government minister Shane Ross.

The house was built in 1850 and was completely refurbished with architectural supervision and retains many original features…

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… including a wine cellar…

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… while incorporating lots of modern ones such as the designer fitted kitchen…

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… and a large garden leading down to a hideaway fit for a minister: this extremely pleasant garden room in a separate building, accessed through sliding glass doors. For sale at €2,350,000 with Colliers International via Daft.ie.

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