The auction season kicks off early this year with Knight Frank setting the pace with the auction of a Drogheda manor house on January 31 followed by a Mayo country house on February 14.
Then Allsop Space will host the first bumper auction in Dublin on March 1 and Real Estate Alliance will follow the week after with its first auction of the year in the O'Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Dublin, on Tuesday March 5.
Knight Frank's first auction is of Dowth Hall, Drogheda, Co Meath, which has a €3.75m guide price. The 420-acre property will be offered in three lots, the smallest of which is 32 acres. The residence is being offered with 388 acres along with four estate lodges and two farmyards.
The main house features some fine plasterwork and its accommodation includes six bedrooms and four reception rooms – but it needs upgrading.
Two weeks later, on February 14, Knight Frank will auction Knockglass House, Crossmolina, Co Mayo, for which the guide price is now €340,000 – down from €475,000.
Up to recent times it was the home to the last four bishops of Tuam, Killala and Achonry and comes with 52 acres. The house itself extends to 500.7 sqm and includes six decent-sized bedrooms as well as four reception rooms.
Although dating from the 1700s, it has benefited from improvements in recent times and all windows were repaired two years ago. To the rear of the main house, an enclosed courtyard comes with a three-bed cottage as well as a number of stores, while the main yard comes with four coach houses and seven stables.
A walled garden extends to three acres and benefits from an array of fruit plants. The remainder of the lands include 22 acres of grazing as well as mature woodland.
Joint agents on Knockglass House are Knight Frank, 01 6623255; and Tuohy O'Toole, 098 28000.