Farm Ireland

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Georgian splendour in Wexford sells after negotiation

A Georgian period property on 34.33ac in Co Wexford sold after auction for an undisclosed sum.

The Hermitage, Drinagh, was withdrawn from Thursday's auction at €720,000 but progressed to sale agreed post auction, following negotiations with the highest bidder.

Jordan Auctioneers had been guiding the property at €900,000.

Bidding opened at €700,000 on the entire, which fared better than the individual lots on auction day.


Lot one, comprising the residence, yard and 31.09ac, was withdrawn at €420,000. Bidding on lot two, which included a steward's house on 3.24ac, opened at €150,000 and was withdrawn at €240,000.

A large crowd of up to 90 people attended the auction, Mr Jordan confirmed.

The property dates from circa 1750 and was originally owned by the Meadows family.

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The main residence is an impressive two-storey, over-basement Georgian residence with many traditional features remaining throughout. It is currently the home of retired solicitor John Brennan, aka author John Welcome.

Outside there is an old farmhouse in need of refurbishing comprising a traditional two-up-two-down with various extensions, a two-span hay shed, with a range of old stores, and three boxes with a feed and tack room. There is a walled garden to the front of the old farmhouse and an additional yard area to the rear with old stone out buildings.

The entire is approached via a winding, tree-lined avenue with two lakes, and the land is all laid out in grass with extensive road frontage and views of the sea and the South Slob.

The paddocks are currently in grass with mature timber, extensive shelter and excellent quality land suitable for grazing or tillage.

Irish Independent