Star qual­ity at lodge where Tarantino stayed

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Feature - 800,000 EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHIS­TLE

De­scrip­tion: Re­stored pe­riod lodge on five acres 300sq m (3,230 sq ft) plus out­build­ings Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald and Sherry FitzGer­ald Man­gan Gar­raun­baun Lodge was part of the Gar­raun­baun Es­tate in Mo­yard near Clif­den in Co Gal­way un­til 1968, when the lodge – which was the ser­vants’ quar­ters and sta­bles in the 19th cen­tury – was sold off as a sep­a­rate en­tity.

It was then owned by Amer­i­can co­me­dian and Emmy award win­ner Michael O’ Donoghue who, famed for his acer- bic wit said: “I try to at­tack all races and creeds ex­cept the Ir­ish, as they are the clos­est to the an­gels and don’t de­serve abuse”.

Famed direc­tor Quentin Tarantino also stayed here just prior to the re­lease of his movie Pulp Fic­tion.

The es­tate was built by Charles Palmer Archer in the mid 1850s, and was later home to the Duane fam­ily. One of the fam­ily, Martha Duane, mar­ried poet, sur­geon and states­man Oliver St John Gog­a­rty. Gog­a­rty and Duane pur­chased nearby Ren­vyle House in 1917 where they lived un­til the build­ing was burnt to the ground dur­ing the Civil War.

The cur­rent own­ers of the lodge, which sits be­side the grander Gar­raun­baun House, are Philip Mi­ley and his wife, artist Ali­son Shaw, who pur- chased the 300sq m prop­erty from Ger­man own­ers in 2007.

“The pre­vi­ous own­ers were re­ally out­door peo­ple,” says Mi­ley “the gardens are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion due to their love of na­ture”.

Mi­ley and Shaw had spent years hol­i­day­ing in Con­nemara, and as keen an­glers de­cided to buy Gar­raun­baun as a sum­mer home. With an empty nest, they have put the lodge on the market through Sherry FitzGer­ald and Sherry FitzGer­ald Man­gan with an ask­ing price of ¤800,000.

The pe­riod dwelling has been com­pletely ren­o­vated by the pair who to­gether run an­tiques and in­te­ri­ors em­po­rium The Old Court­house in Greyabbey in Co Down, which is re­flected in the pe­riod dé­cor of the in­te­ri­ors. Ev­ery room is themed, to which Mi­ley cred­its his wife’s artis­tic eye and flair.

The four-bed house is set on five acres; of which one acre is for­mal gardens in­clud­ing a walled gar­den in­stalled when the es­tate was di­vided in 1968. Rhodo­den­dron and roses fea­ture strongly through­out, as do na­tive plants which tol­er­ate the rav­ages of the At­lantic.

A be­spoke kitchen in duck egg blue was built by David John­son of Moira in Ar­magh in 2013, and like the rest of the prop­erty it is in pris­tine con­di­tion. There are sub­stan­tial out­houses which of­fer a fur­ther 135sq m and which, sub­ject to plan­ning, of­fer more in terms of ac­com­mo­da­tion. The se­cluded prop­erty is just a short drive from lo­cal ameni­ties; deep sea fish­ing at Cleg­gan, fly fish­ing at Del­phi Lodge, and Con­nemara National park has a mul­ti­tude of walks.

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