The Wicklow ancestral family home of the Guinness family has been placed on the market in the U.S. for 28 Million Euro.
Currently the home of Garech Browne, Luggala is a seven-bedroom 18th-century lodge that is located on 5,000 acres in a valley beside Lough Tay .
The property, which was built in 1787 by the La Touche family, has been available to rent for €22,000 a week, and among those who rented the property in recent years were Mel Gibson and pop legend Michael Jackson, who stayed there in 2006, just three years before his death.
There is also a four-bed guesthouse and seven cottages throughout the estate. In 1996 the main house underwent a 6 Million euro renovation. The property has its own sandy lakeshore beach and is home to one of the few remaining 18th-century landscape gardens and includes two native Irish oak woods.
Ernest Guinness bought Luggala in 1937 as a wedding present to his daughter Oonagh, who gifted the property to her son Garech the 77-year-old great-great-great-grandson of Arthur Guinness in 1970 . However it’s now owned by a family trust.
Did you know?
It is widely believed Tara Browne who is buried on the estate is said to be the inspiration for The Beatles’ classic song “A Day In The Life” (1967), from their “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album.
Tara died On December 18th, 1966, Browne was behind the wheel of his Lotus sports car traveling at a high rate of speed through the streets of London when he crashed into a parked vehicle which killed him instantly.
Legend has it, John Lennon who was a friend of Tara was reading the news article about the accident and came up with the lyrics for the haunting “A Day In The Life”.
I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car;
He didn’t notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They’d seen his face before
Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords