A cut-price temple

HALF a million euro knocked off an asking price isn't a bad gift for Christmas. And it may help to attract new owners for the so-called Temple of Light.

The barn-style home of a couple who are professional, jet-setting musicians has just had its price slashed by a cool €500,000, a come-down from an initially-sought €2 million to a more manageable €1.5 million.

That's no reflection on the €1 million-plus poured into its construction, but it is a recognition that its rural and remote setting near Graiguenamanagh, might narrow down the buying market.

But, for those seeking a unique Irish bolt-hole with a world-class design, composer Barry Guy and concert violinist Maya Homburger have the place for you - right in tune with anyone with a desire for privacy.

Their Griffinstown, Co Kilkenny, home called Temple of Light - see it glow at night and the choice of name is obvious - is a free-flowing, organically evolved home, which has spread out from the ruins of an old stone farmhouse, to become a project which wouldn't be out of place on TV's Grand Designs.

Built in the 1990s, the house is more than a take on a new English barn, even though it does have green oak beams. But the design is tempered by continental European influences.

The house's 30 acres of remoteness, 65 miles from Dublin, have wildflower meadows and pasture land, with a fresh water spring/stream and a reflecting pond.

The owners have lived here and used it for eclectic gatherings of artists and musicians, it has served as a niche concert venue, and now that Barry Guy and Maya Homburger are Switzerland-bound, the need for a sale is more urgent.

John Hamilton of Jackson Stops says the price has been "slashed" and adds that it is an outstanding house with land for horses, ponies or simply just keeping to yourself.

At the end of a half-mile private boreen, it has 4,000 sq ft of adaptable space, which can stretch to four bedrooms and three reception rooms. The bathrooms have top of the range Philippe Starck, Hansgrohe and Villeroy and Boch fittings, and a geothermal underfloor heating system has also been installed.

There's a Kachelofen or tiled oven/spaceheater from Germany, extensive glazed areas and finishes include granite, marble, Liscannor flags, natural stone and lots of loft-like double height spaces.

And they're open to offers.

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