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4 of a kind

4 of a Kind: Amazing homes on the first episode of RTE's 'Selling Ireland's Dream Homes'

A luxurious five-bed in Shankill, a historic castle in Kilkenny and more.

 SELLING IRELAND’S DREAM Homes is the show on RTE that offers a glimpse into a selection of the nation’s most eccentric, distinctive and luxurious properties. The show presents a showcase of unique homes available to buy throughout Ireland, from stylish urban villas to expansive country mansions full to the brim with history. 

This week, we’ve found the four swish homes in Dublin, Cork and Kilkenny that featured on the first episode of the popular show. 

Shankill, Co Dublin – €3,450,000

Carezza is an extraordinary five-bed family home on almost an acre in Shankill, Co Dublin. Meticulously upgraded and extended, this 1920s gem blends timeless elegance with contemporary luxury across 815 m². The secluded property features seven reception rooms and a stunning indoor leisure facility with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. 

The bespoke Clive Christian kitchen, formal dining room and wood-panelled library/home office add sophistication. The lush landscape, triple garage and children’s playhouse enhance the tranquil setting. Ideally located near Shankill Beach, DART station, shops, schools and with easy access to the N11 and M50, Carezza offers a luxurious lifestyle. 

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Swimming pool

Stepaside, Dublin 18 – €2,750,000

Waymark is a breathtaking contemporary family home on approximately three acres in Stepaside, Dublin. Built 12 years ago, this 554 m² property offers panoramic views of Dublin city and the coastline. With a unique curved design and stone exterior, it boasts a dramatic double-height atrium, bespoke Clive Christian kitchen, home cinema and an indoor leisure facility with a pool, sauna and gym. The primary bedroom, over two levels, has stunning views and a private terrace. 

The upper level features a spectacular dining/lounge area with a terrace. The lush grounds include a reflective lake, woodland and various entertaining areas. Conveniently located near Stepaside Village, M50, schools and everyday amenities, the property includes a self-contained guest apartment ideal for guests or young adults in the family. 

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Jenkinstown, Co Kilkenny – €975,000

Jenkinstown House in Co Kilkenny is a meticulously restored 19th century Gothic revival manor offering luxurious family living. Spanning 619 m², it features two elegant living rooms, a spacious kitchen and a palatial main bedroom with an en suite bathroom. The property includes three shepherds’ huts earning five-star Airbnb ratings, providing additional income. 

A former private chapel now serves as a top-spec auditorium with 106 seats, ideal for events. The Gothic dining hall, with high beam ceilings and stained glass windows, holds potential for various uses. The property’s charm extends to a splendid walled courtyard, perfect for summer entertainment or a small market. Located eight minutes from Kilkenny City, the house is part of the Jenkinstown wood, set to undergo upgrades. Kilkenny offers cultural attractions, boutique shopping and excellent schools. 

exterior of house


Dining room


Castletownroche, Co Cork – €2,000,000

Blackwater Castle in Co Cork is a historic medieval mansion with nine bedrooms, offering 890 m² of living space within approximately 60 acres of mature woodland. Dating back to the 15th century, it features a 12th century round tower, 15th-century tower house and unique architectural elements like the Sheela na Gig. Currently operating as a sought-after wedding and banqueting venue, the property includes a Norman tower, a piano room, library, and 1.5 acre walled garden. 

With private double bank fishing rights along the River Awbeg, it presents a unique opportunity for various uses, such as residential, commercial or continued hospitality endeavours. Located near Castletownroche village, it offers tranquillity and easy access to amenities in Mallow and Fermoy.

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reception room