Built for an archbishop, and later putting up European and Hollywood royalty, Tipperary’s historic Cashel Palace Hotel comes on the market this week.
Even though it is not currently trading as an hotel, it is expected to make up to €2.25m as a trophy buy.
Built in 1730, and turned to hotel use in the 1960s, the Cashel Palace Hotel has 25 acres wrapping around the Rock of Cashel, which draws 270,000 visitors a year.
With 19 bedrooms and two suites, it is dear to the hearts of the horse-racing set and was once owned by legendary trainer, Vincent O’Brien.
The Queen Anne building was designed for Protestant Archbishop Theophilus Bolton by Edward Lovett Pearse, and is considered an architectural jewel.
Over the past 50 years in its life as a hotel, it has attracted guests including Ronald Reagan, Jacqueline Kennedy/Onassis, Diana Spencer, Richard Burton, and Elizabeth Taylor.
Owned most recently by Pat and Susan Murphy, the Cashel Palace Hotel stopped trading prior to Christmas, with the loss of 32 jobs.
The joint selling agents, PJ Broderick and CBRE, say it may even return to use as an exceptional private residence, situated in the middle of Cashel town and with fishing rights on the River Suir.
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