IRISH dance legend Michael Flatley’s stunning Irish mansion is for sale – and it’s certainly a sight to behold.
According to agents Knight Frank the property, on the market since 2015, has seen a surge in interest in the last few months as the high value property market begins to settle in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Castle Hyde in Fermoy, Co. Cork dates back to the 18th century when it was built by the family of Ireland’s first president Douglas Hyde.
The property was bought by Flatley in 1999 for IR£3million (approx €4million) after the Irish American performer spotted it from a helicopter while flying over Cork.
Flatley spent tens of millions restoring the property – which was derelict and flooded upon purchase – over a four year period.
In 2006, The Lord of the Dance star married Niamh O’Brien at the house, where stars such as Michael Jackson, Maureen O’Hara and Cliff Richard have all stayed.
Flatley first announced his intention to sell the incredible Cork retreat, set on a 150-acre private estate, two years ago.
But Knight Frank, the agency handling the sale, say that there has been a renewed interest in Castle Hyde since the Brexit vote.
The mansion is located on the banks of the Blackwater, seen as one of Ireland’s best spots for salmon fishing.
Built in the Palladian style and to the design of the elder Abraham Hargrave, it features commanding views over the river and nearby countryside.
The 35,000 sq ft four-storey home boasts six themed bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, six more modest bedrooms, a 20-seat cinema, spa and pool, two climate-controlled wine cellars and a whiskey room.
If that wasn’t enough, it also features a formal dining room, tennis court, gym, dance rehearsal room, two-storey library panelled in American walnut, and its own bar.
The new owner will also have fishing rights for the Blackwater’s famed salmon fishery.
The entrance hall, which extends the length of the house, doubles as a banquet hall and can accommodate 300 guests.
It includes two original fireplaces, gilded Corinthian columns, and ceiling mouldings decorated in 24-carat gold.