Luggala Lodge was built in 1787 and gothicized thereafter for the La Touche family (Dublin bankers of Huguenot origin). In 1937, Ernest Guinness bought Luggala and gave it as a wedding present to his daughter, Oonagh Guinness, on her marriage to Lord Oranmore and Browne. Oonagh 'imbued Luggala with enchantment' and made it 'the most decorative honeypot in Ireland.'

Nobody could stay away: Dublin intelligentsia, literati. painters, actors, scholars, hangers-on, toffs, punters, poets, and social hang-gliders. Luggala famously became the gathering place for Dublin’s intelligentsia, as well as artists and musicians from around the world.

 

Oonagh, Lady Oranmore and Browne passed Luggala to her son, Dr. The Honourable Garech Browne, who maintained the tradition of hosting and promoting Irish composers, poets and traditional musicians, especially the piper Paddy Moloney and all The Chieftains.

The house has been described as Garech's portrait.

Guests have poured into Luggala throughout the years: composers Fredrick May and Seán Ó Riada; painters Lucian Freud, Louis le Brocquy & his wife Anne Madden, Barrie Cooke, and Camille Souter; poets Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell and John Montague; and, music icons Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Van Morrison, Bob Geldof, and Bono who refers to Luggala his 'artisitc epicenter.' Michael Jackson called this valley home when he rented the house for eight weeks in 2006.

In addition, directors John Huston, John Boorman and Neil Jordan; actors Pierce Brosnan, John Hurt and Anjelica Huston have filmed on location at Luggala.

The breathtaking demesne has been used as a location for films such as Zardoz (1974), starring Sean Connery and Charlotte Rampling; Excalibur (1981), featuring Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren; The Nephew (1998), directed by Pierce Brosnon; King Arthur (2004), with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley; and Astérix et Obélix (2012), with Gérard Depardieu.

"Luggala made me and I, in part, made Luggala."

Garech Browne

In the late 1990s an extensive restoration was launched with renowned interior designer David Mlinaric. The idea was that it should look "the same, only different."

Luggala was restored and renovated with consummate attention to detail, while still keeping elements of Oonagh's 1950s interior decoration. Complementing the Gothic interior is a collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, including family portraits.

Luggala