Thursday, 16 October 2008

38 holiday homes for grounds of Cork castle

DUNBOY CASTLE on the Beara Peninsula in west Cork is seeking planning permission to build a development of holiday homes on its grounds, writes Edel Morgan

The owners of the former Puxley mansion , now the Capella Dunboy Castle five-star resort, have submitted a proposal to Cork County Council asking to build 38 terraced and detached holiday homes for short term holiday lets.

The homes would be a mix of terraced and detached. Also part of the proposal is an estate management office and a new access route to include a bridge, four new walkways and 84 car-parking spaces.

Developed by Dublin-based accountants Michael Humphreys and Adrian Dunne, the €60 million refurbishment of the Puxley mansion built in 1829 by the Puxley family has been billed as one of the longest running and biggest restorations of a large mansion.

It has been reported that costs exceeded the restoration of both Powerscourt and Kinnity Castle.

The hotel, run by the Capella Group, has a grand reception hall, main diningroom, private dining room, a 279sq m (3,000sq ft) presidential suite, bar, and a luxury spa, pool and treatment facilities next to the castle.

Last year the hotel put over 70 ocean-facing suites on the market ranging in size from 42 to 73sq m (452 to 786sq ft) with prices starting at €425,000 and connected to the main hotel by a bridge.

The hotel says the proposed holiday homes are intended for short term lets.

The Irish Times

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