Tipp treasure - Kilcooley Abbey could be yours for €8M
Kilcooley Abbey is a classic 'big house' standing on a vast estate that includes 950ac of forestry expected to generate an income of €3.6million over the next 15 years
Kilcooley Abbey Estate in Co Tipperary, not far from Urlingford is a 1,263ac estate with an extensive 18th century mansion and three lodge houses.
This huge property is on the market by private treaty with a guide price of €8m in a sale handled by joint agents Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes and Sherry FitzGerald Carroll, Dundalk. A large section of the estate, 950ac, is in forestry and has the potential to generate an income of about €3.6m over the next 15 years
Kilcooley has been on the market for some time and has been featured before but a visit to the property is the only way to get a real sense of the size and scale of the this, the largest farm for sale in the country at present.
Located 5km 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 many years.
Arriving at the estate from Urlingford the first thing to strike a visitor is the great dry stone wall that encircles the property, it is a journey in itself to drive around it. A long avenue leads from an impressive gateway through wooded ground to an inner gate. The house itself is an impressive two storey over basement Palladian mansion. It stands in sight of the ruins of the 12th century Kilcooley Abbey located on the estate and cared for by the OPW. The presence of this monastic settlement is testament to the historic nature of the place and a reminder of the length of time people have made a living from these lands.
In Burke's Guide to Country Houses, Kilcooley is described as a large winged house, built circa 1790 by Sir William Barker, 4th and last Baronet of Kilcooley whose family had previously lived in the old abbey which was converted to a house in circa 1700.
The house was partly destroyed by a fire, circa 1840 and during the rebuilding the family moved back into 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 with low panelling along with a panelled dining room and a library.
When the Barker family died out the house fell to the Ponsonby family who continued to live in Kilcooley until its sale some years ago.