There’s a bit of Hollywood glitz and glamour going with Westend House, in the heart of Killarney. The property with long local history is most recently known for its association with A-list actor Michael Fassbender, and his parents Josef and Adele.
Dating to the late 1800s, the house has been a high-end restaurant for decades, established by German-born chef Josef Fassbender, who handed in his notice at the Europe Hotel 30 years ago, to fly solo in his own business with his Irish-born wife Adele.
Their two children were reared into the trade, and actor Michael Fassbender pulled pints aplenty here as a teenager before getting bitten by the acting bug, hitting Hollywood heights with the likes of Spielberg and Steve McQueen and producing his own plays also.
The couple retired from the trade in 2009, and leased out Westend House in the interim, as well as getting involved in sourcing some Irish property investments such as a South Mall Cork office for super-successful son Michael.
Now, they’ve decided to sell Westend House.
It’s A-listed with DNG Ted Healy, with a guide of €1.5 million, and has a number of starring new roles open to it, including reverting to private residential use.
It has about 5,500 sq ft with very high quality dining and function rooms, and scope for bedrooms/apartments subdivision at first and attic levels. Plus, there’s full planning for four mews buildings in a courtyard setting, by the back garden.
It’s on a quarter acre at New Street, near St Mary’s Cathedral and overlooking Killarney’s National Park, has been reroofed and substantially invested in, and is a listed structure, dating to the late 1800s.
Ted Healy notes that previous uses include being a school of housewifery, a school of wood carving, a presbytery and an army headquarters.