Finely tuned myth and magic in the heart of the land of the Naas horses

Tonaphúca, Punchestown, Naas, County Kildare, €1.5m

Of all the ghosts, banshees and little green men that pollute Irish folklore, the Púca is arguably the most glorious. The shapeshifting sprite is represented in various ways as a pig, dog, rampaging bull, and most often as a wild bronco. This is particularly apt for Mullacash in the town of Kildare, near Punchestown, where the mythical creature lends its name to a country house that many will find overwhelmingly attractive.

Tonaphúca, which translates to “The Song of the Spirit,” is a 4,500 square foot detached home on nearly 8 acres. The property is surrounded by more than 6,500 mature trees and shrubs giving it a lush, rural setting. There is also an orchard, vegetable gardens, flowers and manicured lawns.


Medieval interior of Tonaphúca with vaulted ceiling

Tonaphúca was built in the early 2000s and underwent a major overhaul this year, making it a C1 BER. Each room is thermostatically controlled and there is underfloor heating throughout, along with a central vacuum cleaning system and electrically controlled skylights.

The main hallway is an impressive entrance with a Waterford crystal chandelier hanging from its 18 ft ceiling and a sweeping custom mahogany staircase. There are two spacious reception rooms, a Victorian room and a medieval room with a vaulted ceiling. Also on the ground floor are the kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, utility room, guest toilet, laundry room, gym and master bedroom with walk-in closet and bathroom.

Upstairs there are four further bedrooms (one ensuite), a bathroom and a study with stairs to an attic room. A separate two-storey extension offers a wide range of possible uses. Punchestown, Curragh and Naas racecourses are all within a 10 minute drive whilst Dublin is 40 minutes away via the M7. Tonaphúca is at Smyth Naas (045) 895 440. Finely tuned myth and magic in the heart of the land of the Naas horses

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