€500,000 deal struck as house is YouTube hit
Jillian Godsil, above, has agreed a price for her period country house, left.
A divorced mother of two has agreed a deal to sell her period country house within weeks of putting a short film on YouTube extolling its virtues.
Jillian Godsil, a writer in her 40s, yesterday received a deposit from a buyer, who has agreed to pay €500,000 for Raheengraney House near Shillelagh, Co Wicklow.
Now she has to convince the bank to accept the offer. This may be tough as she owes the bank €900,000.
"To be fair the bank has been quite patient so I am hopeful they will accept. After all the deal is better than the offer I got last year of only €400,000," she said.
Ms Godsil moved into the house in the late 1990s and paid IR£100,000 at the time for it. The family spent a further €400,000 on renovation.
"It's nice because it has the most beautiful views of Mount Leinster and the surrounding area," she says.
Before her marriage ended, the family, which includes two now teenage daughters, was relatively comfortable, with a property abroad. However, they had to sell that house in the separation and the proceeds went mostly on the legal fees for the divorce.
Now she is living in a rented two-bedroom cottage with three acres and stables as her girls each have a horse.
"They earn money to pay for the horses' feed by looking after a friend's horse and mucking out. It may seem posh to city dwellers but by country standards it's not at all posh," Ms Godsil explains.
In 2007, when she first attempted to sell, an offer of €1.1m fell through. She rented out the house but in January this year she lost her tenants.
"I felt I had to do something as I could not afford to keep it. So I asked myself how will I sell this, and the idea of trying to get it all over the internet came into my mind. It was a skill set that I had used in my job so I decided to apply it to trying to sell the house."
The house has a three-bed cottage attached and was valued at €1.5m at the height of the boom. The video has already attracted more than 7,000 hits and attracted attention from the world's media.