House with private theme park in the garden on the market for a thrilling £8.5 million!

Would you like a theme-park in your back garden? This historic house could be yours, you just need a spare £8.5 million!

Westport House is not only believed to be the most beautiful house in Ireland, but it also comes with a pirate-themed theme park in the garden - and it could be yours if you happen to have a spare 8.5 million.

palace in garden

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The owners are said to be 'reluctantly'
selling the 18th century mansion and its surrounding 455 acres, which is the centerpiece of one of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions.

But, despite the wide range of tourist attractions and activities that have developed on the site in the past 50 years, the estate carries a debt of almost
£1 million.

ireland palace in garden

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Since being built in 1730, the house has had several developments and now has 10 bedrooms, two dining rooms, two libraries, a wine cellar and a dungeon.

There are breathtaking views of the Irish countryside with the infamous Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick. The grounds also include a lake, river and, of course, the pirate-themed theme park.

park with water and kids playing area

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But it doesn't stop there. Other activities include high ropes, tree climbing, go-karting, a zip-wire and train ride around the grounds. Imagine having all that on your doorstep!

palace hall with wooden floor chandelier and frames

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Oh, and you can also go zorbing in the back garden.

palace with painting wall table and chairs

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It's hardly surprising that Westport House won the Irish Times ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland' award in 2012. We certainly wouldn't say no.

grass trees and water in garden

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Like the look of this? For more information visit Rightmove.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.