Make a house a Welcome one
AUTHOR John Welcome's Wexford home is to go for sale by public auction next month. The Georgian house at Hermitage, Drinagh, on the edge of Wexford town, comes to the market with a steward's house, yard and 34.33ac.
Jordan Auctioneers are guiding the entire in the region of €900,000. They will also offer it in lots: the residence and yard on 31.09ac, guided at €700,000, and the steward's house, walled garden and yard on 3.24ac, guided at €200,000.
The property dates back to 1750 and was originally owned by the Meadows family, but it is currently the home of the author, aka retired solicitor John Brennan.
"The main building provides a very impressive two-storey, over-basement Georgian residence, with many traditional features remaining throughout," said auctioneer Paddy Jordan.
Outside there is an old farmhouse in need of refurbishing, comprising a traditional 'two-up, two-down' with various extensions.
The farm buildings include a two-span hay shed, a range of old stores and three boxes with a feed and tack room.
There is a walled garden to the front of the old farmhouse and an additional yard area to the rear with old stone out buildings.
"The property has wonderful potential, especially with the adjoining lake," Mr Jordan said. It is approached via a winding tree-lined avenue with two lakes. The land is all laid out in grass, with extensive road frontage, and has a view of the sea and the south Slobs. The various paddocks are currently in grass with mature timber, extensive shelter and excellent quality land suitable for grazing or tillage."