Farm Ireland

Wednesday 17 January 2018

To the Banner born - an estate with 310ac can be yours for €1.7m

Newhall Estate includes 310ac of parkland, forestry and grazing ground; the main residence was built in the 18th century around an earlier structure.
Newhall Estate includes 310ac of parkland, forestry and grazing ground; the main residence was built in the 18th century around an earlier structure.
The interiors retain many outstanding features, the property requires extensive renovation and investment.

One of the more interesting country properties I've come across for some time is this mid 18th century mansion in Co Clare which was the birthplace of an RAF hero and in its heyday played host to country music legend Jim Reeves.

Newhall Estate stands on 310ac within 5km of Ennis and the estate is to be sold by auction with an overall guide price of €1.7m.

In summary, the estate includes a 15,000sqft 18th century mansion along with gate lodges, woodlands, parklands and lakes.

It is being sold by the family of the late Patrick Francis Joyce who lived there until recent years. His siblings included fighter pilot 'Spike King' Joyce, who was killed test-flying jet aircraft.

According to David Ashmore of selling agents Sothebys, when Jim Reeves visited Ireland in 1963 he played for a hunt ball at Newhall after finishing a gig at the Oyster Ballroom in Drumkeen, Co Limerick. The much-loved singer was killed in an air crash the following year.

The current house was built to a design by Francis Bindon in 1765 for Charles MacDonnell MP and attached to the front of a much older dwelling from the 1650s.

Set over three floors the mansion is in a 'T' shape with a distinctive brick exterior and comprises two bays to either side.

While there are currently 15 bedrooms David Ashmore says the layout may be reconfigured to allow for bedroom suites with bathrooms and perhaps dressing rooms. The layout of the building would also allow for guest apartments or suites to be created with independent access into a courtyard to the side of the house.

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Mr Ashmore adds: "While this house really does need a lot of work, what's really remarkable is that so much of its original features are still intact and the wider estate demesne has changed little over the years."

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 nunnery by local chieftain Dónal Mór O'Brien. It is ranked among the best examples of the late Romanesque style in Munster.

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

The sheds and storage buildings in the courtyard are in need of total renovation. An impressive ha-ha which survives allows stock division on the estate parkland while preserving an uninterrupted view of the landscape beyond.

The property will be offered in a number of lots at auction; the house on 65ac is guided at €500,000, the house on 294ac is guided at €1.55m.

A parcel of 230ac will be offered with a guide price of €1.35m, while the entire comes with a guide of €1.7m.

In a sale jointly handled by Sothebys and Owen Reilly Property Consultants, Newhall will be sold by public auction at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis at 3pm on Thursday June 9.

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