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room with view Penthouse with hot-tub room featuring a 14-carat gold ceiling on sale for €3m in D4

A hot-tub room featuring a 14-carat gold ceiling crowns a Sandymount castle which was once home to the world’s tallest tennis star, writes Mark Keenan

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Holyrood Castle, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Holyrood Castle, Sandymount, Dublin 4

The penthouse's 700 sq ft rooftop garden

The penthouse's 700 sq ft rooftop garden

Living room with mosaic tiled floor and period chimney piece

Living room with mosaic tiled floor and period chimney piece

The penthouse shower room with 14-carat gold detailing

The penthouse shower room with 14-carat gold detailing

The main reception room in the penthouse

The main reception room in the penthouse

Professional tennis player George Lyttleton Rogers (right) whose family resided in the castle

Professional tennis player George Lyttleton Rogers (right) whose family resided in the castle

The hot tub room with gold-lined ceiling

The hot tub room with gold-lined ceiling

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Holyrood Castle, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Holyrood Castle Holyrood Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4 Asking price: €2.95m (entire) Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 6672244

An Italianate mid-Victorian tower in Dublin’s Sandymount which comes topped off with a 14-carat gold-lined viewing room with a hot tub, has just been placed for sale for €2.95m.

Recently subdivided into four luxury apartment homes, Holyrood Castle will either be sold separately or as one building, depending on interest and offers.

It was once the Dublin residence of the towering George Lyttleton Rogers, a top tennis player from the 1920s to the 1940s and a one time world doubles No1. At six foot seven he was the tallest professional tennis player of his era.

The prices of each of the four homes reflect the traditional floor progression hierarchy of the Irish apartment market, with the cheapest on the bottom and the prices increasing as you go up.

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The hot tub room with gold-lined ceiling

The hot tub room with gold-lined ceiling

The hot tub room with gold-lined ceiling

Entry level at Holyrood Castle is the basement apartment of 1,324 sq ft, with an open plan living and dining room, three bedrooms with two ensuite, a separate family bathroom and a kitchen. This is available for €450,000.

The ground floor apartment above it spans 1,033 sq ft and comes with a hall, a living/dining room, a kitchen and two ensuite bedrooms. It’s priced at €550,000. Up again, the first floor unit has a livingroom, a kitchen and two ensuite bedrooms. This is priced at €600,000.

But the cherry on this cake is the blingtastic three level (including the roof) penthouse priced at €1.35m. It comes with marble floors, glittering chandeliers, huge crimson drapes, wall mosaics and plenty of surfaces gilted in real gold.

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The penthouse shower room with 14-carat gold detailing

The penthouse shower room with 14-carat gold detailing

The penthouse shower room with 14-carat gold detailing

Accommodation at the lower level of the penthouse includes a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom containing a rainwater shower and a sauna. There’s a second bedroom, also with an ensuite, and its own dressingroom.

Upstairs is a very large livingroom and dining room with walls covered in buttoned cushion leather panels. There’s also a kitchen here and a utility room along with a shower room with 14-carat gold detailing. Ascending a spiral stairs you arrive in the 360 degree viewing room with its multi seater hot tub/jazuzzi. The ceiling here is completely gilted in 14-carat gold leaf.

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The main reception room in the penthouse

The main reception room in the penthouse

The main reception room in the penthouse

The views from here and the roof garden take in the Dublin mountains, the city centre spires and skyline, Aviva stadium, Dublin Port, Dublin Bay and the Irish Sea.

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The planted garden with classic statuary spans 700 sq ft and there’s plenty of soft outdoor seating. The building immediately overlooks and adjoins the YMCA’s six-acre cricket and hockey grounds which were recently brought to market for €10m.

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Living room with mosaic tiled floor and period chimney piece

Living room with mosaic tiled floor and period chimney piece

Living room with mosaic tiled floor and period chimney piece

However, local residents look set to object to development plans which would likely affect some of the views here, but only to Dublin Port. The sea and mountains will still be on the optical menu.

Holyrood Castle was built in the mid 19th century and tennis champ George Lyttleton Rogers is recorded as living there in the early years of the last century. He won Irish, Argentine and Canadian Championship titles in the 1920s and 1930s, and in 1947 was crowned World Pro Doubles champion alongside Frank Kovacs.

He played at all the big tournaments including Wimbledon, the US Open and the French Open and later became a coach. After years of globetrotting with his sport, he married 19-year-old heiress from Cincinnati and went to live in the USA.

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Professional tennis player George Lyttleton Rogers (right) whose family resided in the castle

Professional tennis player George Lyttleton Rogers (right) whose family resided in the castle

Professional tennis player George Lyttleton Rogers (right) whose family resided in the castle

The Lyttleton Rogers family was forced to evacuate Holyrood Castle during the War of Independence. British soldiers used the building’s height for observation and placed a machine gun nest on the roof as Dublin erupted with insurgents.

Going further back, during a Dublin smallpox outbreak in the 1870s, the Corporation attempted to acquire the ornate tower for use as a smallpox hospital, but the good burghers of D4 objected and instead a floating hospital was put out to the sea off Pigeon House instead.

In 1999, Castle Holyrood was acquired by a developer who divided it into apartments. The current owner initially bought the top two apartments and he brought these to market two years ago, but then withdrew them from sale. Since then he has managed to acquire the two remaining apartments at basement and entrance floor levels.

He employed architect Tim Kane to convert the three floors plus roof penthouse into a two-floor plus roof, and installed a separate apartment on the lower floor. Sherry FitzGerald, which is selling Castle Holyrood, also had the original adjoining wing (now a separate house) for sale last year for €875,000, but it was withdrawn in the wake of the Covid outbreak.

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