Located in Casla in Connemara, Costelloe Lodge forms part of DNG Maxwell Heaslip and Leonard’s first summer auction of the year and is expected to attract huge interest due to both the keen price and the property’s interesting and varied history.
In 1913, the existing fishing lodge at Casla was transformed into a 10,000 square foot luxurious villa on circa 12 acres and amongst this impressive and vast property’s previous owners is Mr Joseph Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, the company that owned RMS Titanic.
The most prominent survivor of the Titanic’s sinking, he resided in the property with his family until he died in 1939. His wife stayed on there for a few more years after this, but then returned to London. The Lodge was then bought by wealthy fishermen who only used it for the fishing season from March to September.
At the confluence of the Casla river and the sea coast at Rossaveal, the property has extensive river grounds and has been described as ‘one of the foremost salmon fishing locations in the British Isles’. However, the Lodge no longer has any fishing rights attached to it.
In 1981, most recent owners Jack and Agnes Toohey purchased the property when they returned to Connemara after spending time in Florida. An accomplished sportswoman, Agnes was a glamorous and talented dress designer and with her husband Jack, their clothing company, Doreen Holdings, became a major textiles and garment manufacturer in Dublin, with outlets throughout Ireland and the UK.
On purchasing Costelloe Lodge in 1981, the Tooheys began to restore the Lodge and its gardens to their former glory. The house was built in the style of Edwin Lutyens and it is believed, although it cannot be confirmed, that it was actually designed by Lutyen himself. The gardens were designed by Getrude Jekyll, who worked extensively with Lutyen. The numerous bay windows and balconies provide views towards Galway Bay and the Twelve Pins mountain range.
The house is now being offered for sale by the executors of the late owners. It is in need of some upgrading and modernisation and with circa 10,000 square feet of accommodation, it offers plenty of scope for new owners to acquire a magnificent family home or perhaps develop a boutique hotel or specialist centre. Ground floor accommodation includes an entrance porch, large reception room, living room, sunroom, drawing room, dining room, pantry/store room, kitchen, utility room, gents cloakroom, ladies cloakroom, breakfast room, games room/gym. First floor accommodation includes a landing, sitting room, sun terrace, eight bedrooms and five bathrooms. Included on the grounds are three out garages, carports and out offices. The house is nestled on a well defined circa 11.5 acres of landscaped gardens.
Costelloe Lodge will be auctioned on Friday 10 May at 3pm in the auction rooms at the Imperial Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway. The solicitor with carriage of sale is Ms Helena McGrath, McDermott and Allen Solicitors, Francis Street, Galway and the property is guiding an AMV of €395,000. Viewing is by appointment and full details are available by contacting DNG Maxwell Heaslip and Leonard on 091-565261.