Friday 31 October 2014

Singer Whittaker slashes price of home despite €1m upgrade

Donal Buckley

Published 08/02/2013 | 04:00

Roger Whittaker's Irish mansion is still for sale two years after it first went on the market
Roger Whittaker's Irish mansion is still for sale two years after it first went on the market
A rear view of the Old Convent - asking price slashed from €1.15 m
Other buildings include a large four-port garage on the grounds

SINGER Roger Whittaker's house is up for auction at less than a quarter of the €1.15m price he was asking almost two years ago.

Now with a guide price of only €275,000, it is among 155 properties which will go under the hammer at the next Allsop Space auction on March 1.

Known as the Old Convent, Whittaker's house is on a two-acre site at the town square in Eyrecourt, Co Galway.

Now 76, the British-born singer is best-known for his 1960s hits 'New World in the Morning' and 'Durham Town' and he has sold more than seven million records.

He moved to Ireland in 2000 and is believed to have made a handy profit when he sold a house he refurbished in Co Offaly in 2006, for which he had been asking around €5m.

He bought the Eyrecourt property from his American promotions manager, Skip Heinecke, around that time and is believed to have invested more than €1m upgrading both it and another building on the grounds.

The main house has four reception rooms and a conservatory, a kitchen and dining room and three en suite bedrooms. A former school building on the grounds has also been refurbished to accommodate a two-bedroom apartment, a recording studio, a gym and an office.

Other buildings include a large four-port garage, a wine cellar as well as a tennis court and spacious children's play area.

Whittaker and his wife Natalie are moving to France.

Next month's auction will be Allsop Space's largest in two years and the properties will have combined reserves of €15.4m. The lots include 73 houses, 27 apartments, two apartment blocks, 24 retail units, seven pubs, two hotels and other commercial properties.

Irish Independent

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