The Irish mansion home of a former Robin Hood actor, which was also a popular retreat for stars like Elizabeth Taylor, is now up for sale.
Borleagh Manor is everything you could dream for in a luxury home. It is located only an hour from Dublin, in Gorey, Co Wexford. Originally built in the 18th century, the Georgian influence is apparent all over the house. The symmetry can be found as soon as you enter through the grand front doors into a huge high ceilinged hallway, with a dining room to one side and a drawing room on the other.
The estate was once owned by actor Richard Greene, who played Robin Hood in the popular British TV series in the 1950s and 60s. He was a close friend of stars like Cary Grant. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. They and other Hollywood stars often stayed at Borleagh as Greene’s guests.
The current owners have renovated the home to a magnificent standard, with the ancient layout and design being complimented beautifully with classy interior and luxury facilities. The kitchen looks fit to prepare a feast for dozens of guests. Or if a cosy tea in front of the telly is the order, then there is a hidden side den room tucked away from the rest of the house.
Littered with history and charm
The basement is every kid’s idea of heaven. A long urban-themed corridor has doors exiting off either side to a games room, snooker room, wine cellar and study, plus extra rooms for necessities such as utilities and cloak rooms.
The back of the house contains a library before opening out into a grand conservatory, perfect for relaxing in and enjoying the summertime.
In total, the grounds cover 124 acres, which includes tennis courts, a lake, and two smaller cottages that can be used as guest homes for visitors.
There is also a stables and yard that could house up to 30 horses, with extra outbuildings to be used as barns and storage units.
The whole of Borleagh Manor is littered with pieces of history and charm, that make it almost impossible not to fall in love with it. The huge electric gates at the front entrance have huge eagle statues atop of the pillars either side. So huge in fact, that families of swallows have nested in the eagle’s beaks and are raising their young.
Each section of the grounds has its own welcoming signpost written in a stylish ancient font. The lake is accompanied by a plaque wishing fishermen the best of luck.
The house is what everyone could wish for and more, and is now available. The only downside to this incredible home is its price tag, with the current asking price a cool €4.75 million. Anyone who has the money, must be seriously tempted by this home.
Marcus Magnier of Colliers International said: “The estate is easily one of the finest in Ireland which has been impeccably restored and maintained. Built in the early 1700s, and rebuilt in its current Georgian style in 1840, Borleagh Manor has a fascinating history. It is a perfect haven for anybody who thrives on privacy.”