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Location
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Description
Manderley Castle is situated on the outskirts of Killiney, 9 miles south of Dublin on the Irish coastline. It has wonderful views across the Dublin Bay all the way to Wales.

Manderley Castle is a castellated Victorian style turreted mansion house built over three floors, surrounded by high walls and 3.5 acres of landscaped gardens and forested areas.

Facilities
The castle is the private home of Irish musician Enya and not open to the public.

History
Manderley Castle was previously known as both Ayesha and Victoria Castle.

The original Victoria Castle was built by Robert Warren in 1840 to commemorate the acession to the thrown of Queen Victoria. The castle was built with a secret tunnel which led from the bottom of the garden down to Killiney Beach which has now been sealed up.

The castle was restored in 1928 by Sir Thomas Power; the owner of the famous John’s Lane Whiskey Distillery in Dublin, after the interior was very badly damaged by a fire. He also renamed the castle Ayesha Castle after the goddess in Rider Haggard's novel ‘She’ who rose from the flames. In 1995 the castle was turned into a gallery and craft room by the Aylmer family. They converted the stables and parts of the ground floor for exhibition space.

The castle was put up for sale in 1997 and sold to the muscian Enya for 3.8 million euro. It was reported that she outbid another famous Irish celebrity Michael Flatley who also wanted to buy the castle. After its sale the castle was renamed for the third time to Manderley Castle after the name of the house featured in Daphne du Maurier’s book ‘Rebecca’. Since purchasing the castle Enya has made significant changes to the castle’s boundaries and has reinforced many of the gates and walls. The height of the walls has been raised to 9 feet tall and in places has another 4 feet of railings on top. Despite the new fortifications Manderley has still been subject to two security breaches.

The Arts
The castle is owned by Irish musician Enya


Other Castles in the Area
  Aras an Uachtarain, County Dublin
  Ashtown Castle, County Dublin
  Clontarf Castle, County Dublin
  Dublin Castle, County Dublin
  Howth Castle, County Dublin
  Malahide Castle, County Dublin
  Powerscourt House, County Wicklow
  Pucks Castle, County Dublin
  Rathfarnham Castle, County Dublin
  Robswall Castle, County Dublin
  Swords Castle, County Dublin
  Tulleys Castle, County Dublin







Tulleys Castle
Manderley Castle

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