Derelict mansion and 66ac for sale
If you have deep pockets and a strong will, then the remains of the elegant Tudenham Park House on 66ac adjoining Belvedere House 8km from Mullingar might be the challenge you have been waiting for.
Even with a missing roof and ivy masking much of its elegance, the house is still impressive.
Now just a shell, Tudenham Park comprises a detached seven-bay three-storey over basement country house on the eastern shores of Lough Ennell.
The derelict mansion and 66ac of land accompnaying it will be sold by public auction with a guide price of €382,500.
Built between 1717 and 1742, the three-storey house overlooks the lake and dwarfs neighbouring Belvedere House. Tudenham was built for George Rochfort, a brother of Robert Rochfort of Belvedere House and was designed by the same architect, Richard Castle.
A falling out between the two brothers led to the erection of 'The Jealous Wall', an 180ft three-storey Gothic folly built to shield Robert's view of Rochfort House, his brother's enormous pile to the south. It is said to be the most extensive man-made 'ruin' in Ireland.
While the estate changed hands a number of times, the Tottenham family, who renamed it Tudenham, owned it from 1836. The British Army used the house as a hospital in WWI and the Irish Army took up residence during WWII.
The roof was removed in 1957 to avoid the payment of rates and while the building is overgrown and dilapidated, the external walls are intact. There are two boat houses.