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Monday 20 November 2017

Derelict mansion and 66ac for sale

LABOUR OF LOVE: The elegance of Tudenham Park House, some 8km from Mullingar, is still visible even with a missing roof and ivy masking its exterior
LABOUR OF LOVE: The elegance of Tudenham Park House, some 8km from Mullingar, is still visible even with a missing roof and ivy masking its exterior
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

If you have deep pockets and a strong will, then the remains of the elegant Tudenham Park House on 66ac adjoining Belvedere House 8km from Mullingar might be the challenge you have been waiting for.

Even with a missing roof and ivy masking much of its elegance, the house is still impressive.

Now just a shell, Tudenham Park comprises a detached seven-bay three-storey over basement country house on the eastern shores of Lough Ennell.

The derelict mansion and 66ac of land accompnaying it will be sold by public auction with a guide price of €382,500.

Built between 1717 and 1742, the three-storey house overlooks the lake and dwarfs neighbouring Belvedere House. Tudenham was built for George Rochfort, a brother of Robert Rochfort of Belvedere House and was designed by the same architect, Richard Castle.

A falling out between the two brothers led to the erection of 'The Jealous Wall', an 180ft three-storey Gothic folly built to shield Robert's view of Rochfort House, his brother's enormous pile to the south. It is said to be the most extensive man-made 'ruin' in Ireland.

While the estate changed hands a number of times, the Tottenham family, who renamed it Tudenham, owned it from 1836. The British Army used the house as a hospital in WWI and the Irish Army took up residence during WWII.

The roof was removed in 1957 to avoid the payment of rates and while the building is overgrown and dilapidated, the external walls are intact. There are two boat houses.

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Sheltered by mature trees, the lands are under old pasture and laid out in three principal divisions and a number of smaller portions. The farm, which has been used in recent times for livestock grazing and forage, includes a yard comprising a range of derelict outbuildings and a two bay haybarn and lean-to.

Chris Smith of Gunne's Navan office will offer the property for sale as an entire or in lots. Lot one consists of the yard on 30.8ac comes with a guide of €175,000. Lot two includes the residence on 2.1ac and is guided at €7,500, lot three is a 31.3ac parcel guided at €187,500 while the fourth lot, comprising the entire, has a guide price of €382,500.

The property will be sold by public auction at the Mullingar Park Hotel at 3pm on Wednesday, December 11.

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