CastleHyde today ...
The four storey mansion comprises of 12 lavish ensuite bedrooms, each with their own unique theme; an entire first–floor suite complete with matching 'his' and 'hers' bathrooms and dressing rooms with the 18th-century baths raised on a special dais; a x metre swimming pool; a Roman spa which includes a massage room with heated-floor, a relaxation room, steam room, sauna, salt-water flotation tank, showers, mechanical massage room, a hair-salon and a state-of-the-art gym.
The great house also boasts a 20-seat private cinema; a sound proof music room overlooking the river Blackwater with a Steinway grand piano and a valuable rare collection of flutes; a full-sized bar which serves many pints of Guinness to guests; an African safari room; two climate controlled wine cellars with very rare collections of French and Italian wines; and a Jameson-themed whiskey room - complete with four giant casks of Irish whiskey and cabinets lined with rare malts and distillations.
Castlehyde's most famous features are its collection of 18th-century fireplaces - regarded as priceless - as well as its stone cantilever staircase which is widely acknowledged as the finest in Ireland. Every chimney in the house has been relined and all the marble fireplaces have been restored and can be used. All the original plaster cornicing and murals have been restored with specialist gilt-work by British artists including Keith Ferdinand and Tony Raymond, both of whom have worked on numerous Royal palaces.
The mansion has a grand dining room and numerous reception rooms, where the Flatley’s famous parties take place.
The three-storey library, with its painted ceiling mural and American walnut shelves, houses over 3,000 volumes and many literary masterpiece first editions, including signed copies of the most famous works of Irish literature by James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Years and Sean O Casey.
The house is filled with antiques and collectibles, and the walls are adorned with great paintings. The Flatleys have also created a children’s playroom ‘wonderland’ for their 2-year old son, because above all, the castle is a home.
Therefore the mansion has been equipped with every conceivable 21st-century mod-con. The entire house boasts a centralised, computer-controlled audio-visual system offering satellite TV to all rooms as well as a selection of classic and popular music.
Staff are also catered for with a laundry room, a staff apartment, cottages, a kitchen and a butler's room.
The 150 acre grounds have been restored at lavish expense. The estate boasts a mile and a half frontage of The River Blackwater for Ireland’s greatest salmon and trout fishing, a wildlife sanctuary with rare bird, fox, rabbit, red squirrel, mink and badger, with Deerpark across the river, and many walks through the woodlands and gardens.
Key features of the estate include the 14th century ruins of the medieval castle called Carrigneedy (Rock of the Shield) which now provides a jaw-dropping backdrop for Castleh
yde mansion; a famous stone gateway; the caretaker’s gate lodge; an eight bay garage for the Flatleys extensive collection of vintage cars; a tennis court; a putting green and driving range; a fishing area complete with a boat; gazebos to dine outdoors; a walled in rose garden where concerts can take place given it is a natural amphitheatre; two parking lots and a collection of vintage motor cars.
There are thousands of pheasants for shooting and world class racehorses at the Castlehyde Stud.