Manderley Castle

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Manderley Castle
Caisleán Mhanderley
Enya House.jpg
View of Manderley Castle
Manderley Castle is located in Dublin
Manderley Castle
Location within Dublin
General information
Town or cityKilliney
Completed1840 (1840)
Grounds14,000 m2

Coordinates: 53°15′46″N 6°06′47″W / 53.2627°N 6.113°W / 53.2627; -6.113 Manderley Castle (Irish: Caisleán Mhanderley), formerly "Victoria Castle" and "Ayesha Castle", is a large castellated Irish mansion built in Victorian style, in Killiney, County Dublin, Ireland. It is currently owned by the singer Enya.


From the roof of the crenellated turret of the castle, it is possible to see beyond the Irish coast as far eastward as Wales. The building is surrounded by 14,000 m2 (3.5 acres) of gardens which had a number of woodland walks. A "secret" tunnel at the bottom of the garden originally gave access to Killiney beach but now is sealed off.[1]

According to blueprints submitted in 1988, the owners sought permission to convert the existing stable house into attached living quarters. Permission was granted and the stable became an attached guest house, art room, exercise room and lounge area complete with staff quarters. According to the same submission, Manderley Castle sits at 1021.336 sq. meters, or 11,000 sq. feet in combined floor space.[2]


Judge Robert Warren built Victoria Castle in 1840[3][4][5] to commemorate Queen Victoria's accession to the throne. The interior was gutted by fire in 1928, then restored by Sir Thomas Power of the whiskey distillery family. He renamed the mansion "Ayesha Castle", after the goddess who rose from the flames in Rider Haggard's novel She. In 1995, the Aylmer family decided to turn Ayesha Castle into a place of tourist interest, "conver[ting ] existing stables to a ground floor apartment and a first floor craft room".[6] The Stable Gallery was established there, and a number of artists displayed their pictures.[7]

Irish musician Enya bought the castle in 1997 for €3.8 million, reportedly outbidding Michael Flatley, who also viewed the house. Based on her interest in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Enya renamed the castle "Manderley" for the fictional house that plays a central role in the 1938 novel.


Because of threats from stalkers, Enya reinforced the security of the castle, installing new solid timber entrance gates, raising the surrounding 41 metres (135 ft) of stone wall to more than 2.7 metres (9 ft), and placing 1.2-metre (4 ft) railings atop some sections.[8] Despite these changes, around mid-August 2005, there were two separate security breaches while Enya was at the castle (her security system includes a panic room).[9]


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  3. ^ "Nick Reddan's Newspaper Extracts". 8 January 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  4. ^ "The Limerick Estate of Sergeant Warren during the Great Irish Famine" (PDF). Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Dublin City Directory 1850: Waddick - Weekes". Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  6. ^ "DLR County Council Planning Application". Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Google search". 20 March 2004. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  8. ^ Living: Quiet life next door to Enya
  9. ^ Enya's castle invaded by stalker

Manderley is also a Company in the Netherlands Ootmarsum