Haughey's Abbeville Set For Japanese Hotel Group Facelift
The former estate of Charles Haughey is set to be developed into a tourism hub by its new Japanese owners.
The stately Abbeville site at Kinsealy in Dublin, where former Taoiseach Haughey resided until he died in 2006, is set undergo a development to become an extensive tourism and recreational business, the Evening Herald reports.
The Tokyo Inn hotel group, a Japanese company that runs over 200 hotels worldwide, bought the property last year, but only revealed their identity recently.
The company will first develop the outbuildings on the site, many of which have fallen into disrepair. The stables, coach house and a disused dairy building will also be refurbished.
The Kinsealy estate was purchased by the Nishida Family, who own the company. The €5.5 million they paid was a cut-price of the €45 million the Haughey family earned when it was sold in 2004.
Tokyo Inn employs more than 8,000 people worldwide operating no-frills, three-star hotels. The company has plan to move its European headquarters to Dublin.