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Saturday 24 August 2019

De Burgh puts pad on market for €12.5m

The luxurious house being sold by Chris de Burgh and his wife Diane
The luxurious house being sold by Chris de Burgh and his wife Diane

Lady In Red singer Chris de Burgh is selling his early 19th century country home with a price tag in excess of €12.5m.

Bushy Park, in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, which is for sale through David Ashmore, of Sotheby's International Realty, boasts six principal reception rooms and eight bedrooms.

"In 1996 the house was comprehensively restored and extended by the musician owner Chris de Burgh and his wife Diane," the vendor said.

The house is described as a "delightful late-Georgian period home presented in excellent condition and comprising some 23,158 square feet or 2,102 square metres of accommodation, including a splendid indoor pool complex".

Lodge

The property, which is 1.5 miles from Enniskerry village, also comes complete with a guest house and gate lodge.

Bushy Park was completed "circa 1815 in the Georgian villa style".

The couple's adult children, including former Miss World and nutritionist Rosanna Davison (35), no longer live at home.

In an interview, the singer said: "There's no financial need. I don't have to sell this place. I just think it's too big for two people."

De Burgh added that he had "probably put more money into it than I'm asking back".

"Maybe as a hard-headed businessman, I should have been a bit more careful. But I wasn't, and we've created something spectacular," he said.

London interior designer Simon Kingi oversaw the interiors when the house was restored by the singer.

Many modern amenities were incorporated in the restoration, including "advanced security provision, integrated sound systems and efficient heating systems", according to the listing.

The wine cellar of the house is "naturally vented with fitted Euro Cave wine racks with circa 600 bottle capacity, shelving for 36 wine cases and polished oak flooring".

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