Humewood Castle is a large Gothic-fantasy mansion built in 1870 in 427 acres of parkland as the private residence of the Hume family. This 3-story 12 bedroom mansion is flanked with towers and has all the usual large rooms you’d expect including dining rooms, ballrooms, banqueting halls, billiard rooms, smoking rooms and of course a wine cellar. The Hume family built a castle here in the 15th century and it passed down through successive generations to Fitzwilliam Hume (1805–1892) who was the wealthy MP for Wicklow from 1852 to 1880. He commissioned architect William White to design a country retreat for his summer  shooting season.  White over-ran the budget by more than €1m in today’s currency and his refusal to pay the builder, Albert Kimberley, led to one of the most celebrated law cases in architectural history. Kimberley eventually won and this lead to White bankrupting Fitzwilliam in the process! His only son, William Hume however inherited the property. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Wicklow and served as the High Sheriff of Wicklow in 1896. The estate then passed to his daughter Catherine Marie-Madeleine (Mimi), who married Jacques Weygand, the son of the French General Maxime Weygand. They had no children and in 1992, shortly before her death, Mimi presented the majority of the estate cottages, to her tenants. The castle and 450-acre estate were subsequently sold at auction to the German businesswoman Renata Coleman for £1 million. Renata Coleman developed the house into an upmarket private hotel and introduced duckshooting and polo in the grounds. In 2004 she sold it to the Galway developers Lalco for €16 million. Economic conditions were unfavourable, however, and in 2012 it was sold at a loss for 8 million euros to American billionaire John Malone who is now sympathetically restoring it back to it’s former glory.

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