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Vast Georgian house with 18.5ac parkland

Castlecor House is a substantial Georgian house near Oldcastle in Co Meath. The property is coming to auction in two lots with lot one comprising the house and yard on 18.5ac and a 23.5ac walled field as lot two.

The house and 18.5ac is being guided at €500,000 to €600,000, while the 23.5ac piece is guided at €180,000.

The house is an extensive building with 12 bedrooms and five reception rooms, along with a myriad of spaces in the courtyard that include an indoor badminton court.

The 18.5ac of parkland enjoys good river frontage, is home to a two-acre walled garden and a number of tennis courts.

Lot two adjoins lot one and comprises 23.5ac of agricultural land with excellent road frontage set in a field fenced by an old stone wall with an original gate leading directly onto the Oldcastle road.

mill

According to Damien Matthews of selling agents Matthews Auctioneers, Oldcastle, Castlecor was originally built by a local Quaker family, the Webbs, who operated a nearby mill employing 68 people.

The estate was purchased in the late 19th century by the Rotherhams and in 1908 became the first estate in Ireland to have its own electricity.

It was also the first estate on the island to have indoor running hot and cold water and the original art-deco tiling survives in one of the main front bathrooms, a space that is easily the size of a modern-day living room.

In the 1930s the house and lands were bought by one Colonel Kilroy, a local man who had worked on the estate as a boy before he joined the British army.

He served in India where he made his way up the ranks, saved his money and, in the early 1930s, came home and bought Castlecor.

boutique

He employed 53 people on the estate full-time until his death in the late 1970s.

His son Michael inherited the estate and farmed a prize-winning Jersey dairy herd on the property until the estate was bought by a local business man who had planning permission to turn it into a 12-bedroom boutique hotel. This planning is still valid.

Castlecor will be sold on Wednesday, May 2nd, at 2.30pm in Owen Traynor's bar in Oldcastle, Co Meath.

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