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Cut price Georgiana

One of Ireland's most renowned classical Georgian mansions has just been reduced significantly in price.

Originally inserted at €7.75m this time last year, and reduced to €6.5m in January, the 169-acre Mount Kennedy estate near Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, has been cut to €5.25m, a figure at which the selling agents hope to see some 'bite'.

An extraordinary home, which is one of the best preserved classical Georgian mansions in this country, Mount Kennedy dates back to 1769, when it was purchased by General Robert Cunningham, an MP and commander in chief of the English forces in Ireland, who later became Lord Rossmore of Monaghan.

At the time, Mount Kennedy was 10,000 acres, and the house took 17 years to complete.

More recently it was home to the Quinn family, but went on the market last year following the death of Francis Cecil Quinn, who was Ireland's honorary consul in Nigeria.

A two-storey over basement home with five-bay facade, Mount Kennedy House is entered through an impressive hall with Ionic columns, carved sandstone fireplace and ornate plasterwork by stucco artist, Michael Stapleton, who also did the ceilings of Carton House in Kildare.

The seven-bedroom house has a floor area of 1,400sqm, and in its prime would have required a small army to run it!

The interiors are impressive and include a large dining room with a magnificent marble fireplace, drawing room, study with barrelled ceiling and library. The upper level is reached by a grand staircase and at first floor is an octogonal upper hall, as well as seven bedrooms and four bathrooms. With a bow window and its own dressing room and en suite bath, the master bedroom is baronial in style. Mezzanine and attic levels off the secondary staircase provide a staff bedroom and two additional rooms. The basement is host to wine cellars, the original kitchen and bakery. "Despite its impressive appearance, Mount Kennedy estate is a functioning family home, and we expect that this new price reduction will bring added interest from buyers," says Philip Sherry of Sherry FitzGerald.

Two other houses, a two-bedroom steward's house and a porters' lodge, offer accommodation for guests. Mount Kennedy is a working farm which is laid out in paddocks and fields.

Positioned amid mature parklands, its equestrian amenities include stone stables, tack rooms, grooms' room, jumping arena and grazing pastures which make for a horse lover's property.

Contact: Sherry FitzGerald, 01 2302901 Christies International Real Estate, 0044 20 7389 2631

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