The Gaisford-St Lawrence family has agreed to sell its 470-acre estate in Howth, Co. Dublin to Irish investment group Tetrarch
The estate, which the family has owned for more than 400 years, includes Howth Castle and demesne, the Deer Park hotel and golf courses, and acres of walled gardens and woodlands.
Tetrarch plans to reopen the Deer Park hotel as a “luxury” property and to transform the golf courses, drawing on its experience in redeveloping the Mount Juliet estate in Co Kilkenny. It is also expected to seek planning permission to develop some of the land for housing.
Howth Castle has its origins in medieval times. In 1177.
The estate has been altered many times since by succeeding generations of the family, and was renovated in 1911 by famed British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Tetrarch also owns the five-star Powerscourt hotel near Enniskerry, and the Citywest hotel in Saggart, Co Dublin.