Finely tuned myth and magic in the heart of Naas horse country
Tonaphúca, Punchestown, Naas, Co Kildare, 1.5 million euros
Of all the ghosts, banshees and little green men that litter Irish folklore, the Púca is perhaps the boldest. The shapeshifting sprite is variously depicted as a pig, a dog, a raging bull, and most often a ferocious wild horse. This is particularly appropriate in the Kildare town of Mullacash, near Punchestown, where the mythical creature lends its name to a country home that many will find hauntingly beautiful.
Tonaphúca, which translates to “The Ghost’s Song,” is a 4,500 square foot single-family home on just under eight acres. The property is surrounded by over 6,500 mature trees and shrubs, giving it a lush, country setting. There is also an orchard, vegetable gardens, flowers and manicured lawns.
Built in the early 2000s, Tonaphúca underwent a major refit this year, bringing it up to a BER C1. Each room is thermostatically controlled and there is underfloor heating throughout, as well as a central vacuum system and electrically operated skylights.
The main hallway makes a striking entrance with a Waterford crystal chandelier hanging from its 18-foot high ceiling and a custom mahogany curved staircase. There are two spacious receptions, a Victorian room and a medieval room with a vaulted ceiling. Also on the ground floor are a kitchen/dining room, dining room, utility room, guest toilet, utility room, gym and master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom.
Upstairs are four other bedrooms (one of which is ensuite), a bathroom and an office with stairs leading to an attic room. A separate two storey annex has potential for many uses. Punchestown, Curragh and Naas racecourses are all within 10 minutes drive, while Dublin is 40 minutes via the M7. Tonaphúca is with Smyth Naas (045) 895 440.