Historic Irish house goes on sale for £8.5m – what’s hidden behind it will shock you

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A beautiful Downton-Abbey-style mansion has gone on sale in Ireland. The historic 10-bedroom house features acres of parkland and uninterrupted views of the Carrowbeg River.

But if that's not enough to make you fork out €10 million Euro (£8.5m) for the place, you should see what's in the garden.

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Indoors, you"ll find marble fireplaces, hand-painted vaulted ceilings, Waterford cut glass chandeliers and oak furnishings.

But round the back of Westport House in County Mayo, hidden from view, is a fully-functional theme park.

Not what you'd expect in a period property, the pirate-themed adventure park features a mini log flume, a huge ship ride and a zorbing track.

The "most beautiful house in Ireland" was built in 1650 by Colonel John Browne and his wife Maud Burke, Grace O"Malley"s great-great-granddaughter.

It"s gone through several developments since then and the current house now features 455 acres of parkland which include a lake and views over Clew Bay.

The property is described on Rightmove as a "two-storey, 10 bedroom, detached property", with barely a mention of the amazing garden attraction.

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However, the house does come with its downfalls. Firstly, it is open to the public so you'll have to put up with hoards of tourists trampling your lawns and secondly, ancestral homes like this require rather expensive upkeep.

If you've got £8.5 million lying around though, go for it!

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