Lyons Demesne may have sold for €30m
Former home of late Ryanair founder Tony Ryan has been on market since 2009
Ireland’s most expensive country home, Lyons Demesne originally came to the market asking €80 million
The Georgian estate on 600 acres has been on the market since 2009 and, although contracts have not yet been signed, the buyer is understood to be an Irish man based in the Middle East.
Ireland’s most expensive country home, Lyons Demesne originally came to the market asking €80 million, the highest price ever sought for an Irish home. That asking price was reduced in the intervening period to €50 million and now it is understood the Irish buyer will pay close to the asking price of €30 million, which was set by Knight Frank last July.
In 2011 buyers from around the world spent almost €4 million on the estate’s contents at a seven-hour auction at Christies in London which included exquisite works of fine art and antiques.
The 1790s house features exemplary Georgian architecture and a lavish drawingroom with museum-quality frescoes. It has 10 guest bedroom suites, a private cinema, and a swimming pool.
The grounds include a 22-acre lake, a private landing strip and stables.
Tony Ryan, who died in 2007, bought Lyons in 1996 and renovated it completely.