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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Plenty of legroom in Ryanair heiress' €6.5m mansion

THERE'S not a budget seat in sight at the Ryanair heiress' €6.5m mansion.

Millionaire mum-of-two Danielle Ryan, the granddaughter of low-cost airline magnate Tony Ryan, plans to sell her plush pad in Celbridge, Kildare, with just one week to her wedding.

The 18th century pile has eight bedrooms, its own Irish pub, a Moroccan-themed swimming pool and orchard on six acres of grounds.

And actress Danielle even has her own 90-seat theatre and leading lady's dressing room.

The star of The Tudors is planning to tie the knot to long-term love, barrister Richard Bourke, nephew of President Mary Robinson, at Brompton Oratory in London.

Danielle moved to Stacumny House in 1994 after her late father bought it. Cathal, the son of Ryanair and GPA founder Dr Tony Ryan, died in 2007 within months of his father's passing.

But Danielle said that she now wants her family to start their own chapter in Dublin.

"I've loved living here and am sad to go," she said. "It was my father's house, he picked it. I grew up here and loved it but we're just about to get married and want to create our own legacy."

Magnificent

Although Danielle spends a lot of time in London where she's renovating an 18th-century home in Westminster, she said she would like to purchase a Georgian house in Dublin.

But she will leave behind this magnificent mansion in the heart of the Kildare countryside.

It was the seat of the Bradshaw Baronetcy in the 19th century and now includes an all-weather tennis court, a small lake and three houses which are used as staff accommodation.

The expansive 10,118sqft three-storey house draped with ivy contains kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances. Next to the grand entrance hall is a bow-fronted south-facing morning room, as well as a richly appointed drawing room.

Dating to the Georgian architectural period, a sweeping sandstone staircase leads upstairs to eight bedrooms over two further levels, each with their own unique theme.

Outside in the courtyard complex is the glamorous pool building which includes a 20-metre swimming pool, a sauna, wet room/massage room and gym.

A mahogany-panelled formal dining room, a deep rust-coloured library, a large office and an impressive wine cellar finish off the palatial property.

The house has been enhanced by almost every owner and has recently been upgraded with geothermal and underfloor heating.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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