Former monastery fails to hit guide price
Strawberry Hill House, a former monastic site now a family home, was withdrawn from auction at €400,000 and has some distance to go to reach its guide price of €590,000.
Located 1.5miles from the village of Cloghan in Offaly, the 52ac property is in the wider hinterland of Birr, Athlone and Tullamore.
An amalgamation of architectural styles, the building incorporates a castellated three-storey wing and a single-storey more modern section.
The accommodation includes an entrance hall, kitchen, breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, library, three bedrooms – two with en suites – and a bathroom.
There is also a staff apartment that includes a kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and store. Aside from a garage incorporated in the dwelling, there are no outbuildings.
The lands are in one division and under grass, with a good shelter-belt of hedging and trees.
For sale at Goffs, the property opened at €300,000 and attracted the attentions of two bidders who followed it to €400,000, at which point it was withdrawn.
According to Richard Brophy of Goffs, negotiations are ongoing to strike a deal.