The stunning Irish ‘fairytale’ mansion Matt Damon rented during the first Covid-19 lockdown has sold for $4.2million.
The actor, 50, stayed in the five-bedroom home in the Dublin suburb of Dalkey in March 2020, when he arrived to begin filming his latest movie The Last Duel and dubbed it ‘one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been.’
Filming for the movie was cancelled due to the pandemic, so Matt and wife of 14 years Luciana quarantined at the house for two months with their daughters Isabella, 13, Gia, 11, and Stella, nine.
Inside Matt Damon’s Irish ‘fairytale’ lockdown home: Five bed mansion rented by actor during the pandemic – which was built for Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine in the 90s – has sold for $4.2million
Lockdown home: The actor, 50, rented the five-bedroom home in the Dublin suburb of Dalkey in March 2020, when he arrived to begin filming his latest movie The Last Duel, which was cancelled due to the pandemic (pictured in 2019)
Property manager Clare Connolly, who facilitated short-term rentals at the house, told the New York Post: Ischia sold a few weeks ago. I really miss the house so much! Some great memories associated with it!’
The home, which was built for and owned by former Ferrari Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine in 1993, finally sold on April 15 after two decades on and off the market.
Boasting five bedrooms and five bathrooms, the mansion spans 5,000 square feet across two floors, and large windows throughout the home give it a lots of natural light.
The exterior of the home is covered in wooden panels and exposed stonework, and the unusual shape is accentuated by a copper turret in the center.
Outside, there is a swimming pool in the garden, as well as a covered decking and seating area which looks out to the greenery to the back of the home.
Exterior: The home, which was built for and owned by former Ferrari Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine in 1993, finally sold on April 15 after two decades on and off the market
Fancy a swim? Outside, there is a pool in the garden, as well as a covered decking and seating area which looks out to the greenery to the back of the home
Loved up: Matt and wife of 14 years Luciana quarantined at the house for two months with their daughters Isabella, 13, Gia, 11, and Stella, nine (the couple pictured together in 2019)
Other amenities include a four-person Jacuzzi, a sauna and a plunge pool, as well as a game room featuring a pool table, bar and an indoor lagoon.
In the dining room, the ten-person table is placed in the center of the room, which boasts a sleek grey fireplace and soft beige furnishings, with patio doors leading outside.
The modern white kitchen features built-in, industrial-grade appliances and a square island, as well as a table to eat by the almost floor length windows.
Matt first spoke about living in lockdown in the Emerald Isle during an interview with Graham O’Toole and Nathan O’Reilly on Ireland’s Spin 103.8’s Fully Charged, and gushed the home was ‘like a fairytale’.
But Dalkey has the A-list stamp of approval, as Matt gushed: ‘It’s incredible. This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It feels a little like a fairytale here. Bono lives over there, Enya lives over there’.
Game time: Boasting five bedrooms and five bathrooms, the mansion spans 5,000 square feet across two floors, and includes a games room complete with pool table
Interior: In the dining room, the ten-person table is placed in the center of the room, which boasts a sleek grey fireplace and soft beige furnishings, with patio doors leading outside
The star was instructed to stay close to home as the country was plunged into lockdown, but Matt seemed pleased with the home’s surroundings.
He added: ‘I mean, two kilometers [from] here, there’s trees and forests and woods and oceans. I can’t think of any place else you’d rather want to be in a two-kilometer radius of.’
The home was previously available to stay in on Airbnb for $2,000 a night, but it is unknown if the new owners will be renting it out.
Celebrity neighbors are believed to include Belfast blues musician Van Morrison, as well as Bono and Edge from Irish rock band U2.
Cooking: The modern white kitchen features built-in, industrial-grade appliances and a square island, as well as a table to eat by the almost floor length windows
Relaxing: Following a spiral staircase downstairs in the home, which Matt gushed was ‘like a fairytale’, there is a sauna and a plunge pool for guests
During the interview the star also revealed that his daughter Alexia, 21, had contracted coronavirus but made a full recovery while living in New York City.
Alexia is his wife Luciana’s daughter from a previous relationship however he referred to her as his ‘eldest daughter.’
He said: ‘Our oldest daughter is in college, she’s in NYC. She had Covid really early on, along with her roommates and got through it fine. But everybody’s OK…
‘For Lucy’s mum and my mum, it’s scary for that generation. I think we’ve all got the message now, everyone’s doing the isolation and social distancing and hand-washing and everything we can to mitigate this but it’s frightening, certainly for our parents.’
Views: Other amenities include a four-person Jacuzzi which features a wall of windows at one end so you can relax and take in the scenery
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