Banner county estate sells for €1.7m

New Hall House, Ennis, Co Clare
New Hall House, Ennis, Co Clare
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Newhall House near Ennis in Co Clare on 310ac sold at auction recently, making its guide of €1.7m.

Located 5.5km from Ennis and 8km from the M18 motorway the estate is centred around an 18th century mansion of some 15,000 square feet and includes gate lodges, woodlands, parklands and lakes.

Set over three floors the 15-bedroom mansion is in a 'T' shape with a distinctive brick exterior.

The lands include 150ac of private forestry in mature deciduous timber with a further 160ac in parkland and grazing. Some of the grazing land is rougher and more rushy but other parts are the best of grazing ground.

There are two linked lakes with potential for fishing and boating. The land also includes the ruins of Killone Abbey, built in the 1180s as an Augustinian convent by local chieftain Dónal Mór O'Brien.

The house also has an extensive courtyard and a range of farm buildings along with a set of twin "folly" gate lodges - each recently reroofed but in need complete refurbishment.

The sheds and storage buildings in the courtyard are in need of total renovation.

At auction it was the preference of the vendor to sell the house so practically all lots included the house.

When the first bid of €1.7m for the entire exceeded the reserve the property was sold to a solicitor acting in trust. The sale was handled by David Ashmore of Sothebys with joint agents Owen Reilly Property Consultants

Laois auction

A 45ac residential farm in a number of lots at Trumera and Tarbert near Abbeyleix in Co Laois sold for at auction recently for a total of €429,000.

The property was separated into Lots and in a packed Auction Room each of the 4 Lots sold under the hammer.

The residential portion located at Trumera is an old single-storey cottage with three bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen.

A dated farmyard is located behind the cottage and immediately around the house is a parcel of 20.36ac of land.

Auctioneer Paddy Jordan says there are 11.5ac of good land with about 9ac of inferior quality land.

At auction the bidding on this piece opened at €100,000 and rose quickly to €120,000 at which stage it was put on the market and eventually sold for €140,000.

A 3.6ac field across the road from the main lot opened at €25,000 and was put on the market at €35,000 and eventually sold for €52,000. A third parcel included 20ac at Trumera all in one field with natural boundaries adjoining the local GAA Club on one side and the motorway to the rear.

Mr Jordan says it is an ideal site for a residence subject to the necessary planning permission.The bidding on this lot opened at €100,000 and it was eventually sold at €200,000 to an adjoining farmer.

A small yard on 1.16ac at Tarbert opened at €15,000 and the property was eventually sold at €37,000.

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