At home on the golf course
Properties on luxury golf resorts in Kildare
Number 33 Leinster Wood, at Carton House outside Maynooth overlooks the 18th green
5 Highfields Lodge is part of the Highfields Golf Resort in a complex of 10 cedar lodges
It was once all the rage to have a weekend bolthole in a luxury golf resort, and mix with the rich and famous at the first tee. Today many of these luxury holiday homes are now used as full-time family homes. Far from bijou, some of these weekend houses stretched to 6,000sq ft and were purchased for sums in the region of €3 million, at a time when some owners would rather forget.
Originally home to the Dukes of Leinster, Carton House and Golf Club developed 140 houses on the grounds and initially the houses designed by Murray O’Laoire, started at €990,000.
The Scandinavian influences shine through with floor to ceiling wooden windows, calming neutral interiors and a high spec kitchen – all set in magnificent woodlands. With four bedrooms and 226sq m of elegant living space – for sale through REA Coonan asking €700,000.
Up a notch was Ladycastle at The K Club. When originally for sale, commercial vehicles were not permitted to park outside these houses – presumably they lowered the tone of these trophy homes. Now prices have lowered and there are bargains to be had – compared with original selling prices. The club briefly became the busiest helipad in the world during the Ryder Cup, with 700 flights a day running from the five helipads.
A house owned by DJ Carey and Sarah Newman who paid €3 million in 2006, was for sale in February of this year for €650,000 and is now for sale asking €705,000 through Hunters Estates.. Membership of the golf course is now included, but it is mandatory new owners pay annual membership fees which range from €6,430.
Built as part of a complex of 10 cedar lodges, which featured on RTÉ’s Showhouse, the three-bedroom log home has buggy paths all the way to the greens. Interiors feature exposed log walls, an open plan living area and mezzanine.
Club fees are €495 or €195 for the reduced membership option.