18th-century Kilcooley Abbey boasts five staff houses on 1,170ac and a guide price of €2.1m
Historic estate an hour from Dublin
An historic estate with an imposing 18th-century mansion and the freehold title of 1,170ac is on the market by private treaty with a guide price of €2.1m.
Kilcooley Abbey is located three miles from Urlingford and a little over an hour's drive from Dublin and Cork on the nearby M8 motorway. The estate is one of the more substantial properties to come on the Irish market in recent years, and is being sold by agents Colliers.
A 950ac section of the estate is leased to Coillte, the balance being woodland and farmland.
The estate is surrounded by a high stone wall and includes the main house, five staff houses, a large range of outbuildings, which all require updating, and the ruins of historic Kilcooley Abbey.
In Burke's Guide to Country Houses, Kilcooley Abbey is described as a large-winged house that was built around 1790 by William Barker, the last Baronet of Kilcooley whose family had previously lived in the old abbey, which was converted to a house around 1700.
The house was partly destroyed by a fire in 1840 and, during the rebuilding, the family once again occupied the old abbey.
The interior largely dates from the period after the fire with a vast galleried hall – partly top-lit by a glazed dome, low panelling, a panelled dining room and library with Victorian bookcases of carved oak.