To the Banner born - an estate with 310ac can be yours for €1.7m
Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30
One of the more interesting country properties I've come across for some time is this mid 18th century mansion in Co Clare which was the birthplace of an RAF hero and in its heyday played host to country music legend Jim Reeves.
Newhall Estate stands on 310ac within 5km of Ennis and the estate is to be sold by auction with an overall guide price of €1.7m.
In summary, the estate includes a 15,000sqft 18th century mansion along with gate lodges, woodlands, parklands and lakes.
It is being sold by the family of the late Patrick Francis Joyce who lived there until recent years. His siblings included fighter pilot 'Spike King' Joyce, who was killed test-flying jet aircraft.
According to David Ashmore of selling agents Sothebys, when Jim Reeves visited Ireland in 1963 he played for a hunt ball at Newhall after finishing a gig at the Oyster Ballroom in Drumkeen, Co Limerick. The much-loved singer was killed in an air crash the following year.
The current house was built to a design by Francis Bindon in 1765 for Charles MacDonnell MP and attached to the front of a much older dwelling from the 1650s.
Set over three floors the mansion is in a 'T' shape with a distinctive brick exterior and comprises two bays to either side.
While there are currently 15 bedrooms David Ashmore says the layout may be reconfigured to allow for bedroom suites with bathrooms and perhaps dressing rooms. The layout of the building would also allow for guest apartments or suites to be created with independent access into a courtyard to the side of the house.