Friday 24 November 2017

Historic estate with equestrian centre on market in Fermanagh

The historic Necarne Estate in Co Fermanagh with its 228.43 acres is being sold by the district council.

The agents, Lisney Belfast, are declining to offer a guide price, but if it were valued on the basis of its acreage alone and an average of €10,000 per acre this suggests it could fetch at least €2.8m.

David McNeilis of Lisney says however that because of its reputation as an equestrian centre and its potential for a tourism business, he believes that it could achieve a premium to its agricultural value.

He adds that Fermanagh District Council is also seeking expressions of interest which would include proposals for its future and those which include good employment and spin-off prospects are likely to be looked on favourably.

The residential accommodation includes a single-storey gate lodge and a traditional two-storey garden house with four bedrooms.

In addition there is a residential building with 16 double/twin en suite rooms, a lounge, kitchen and bar.

While owned by the council, the estate has been operated for a number of years by the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture as an equestrian centre of excellence.

This included hosting major equestrian events which attracted international riders, the most notable being Zara Phillips, daughter of Britain's Princess Anne.

In addition with the G8 summit or world leaders scheduled to take place about 15 miles away in the Lough Erne Golf Resort, a new owner of Necarne could expect to cash in on the tourist spin-off which is expected in Fermanagh.

The estate is situated on the edge of Irvinestown village, about 10 miles from the county town of Enniskillen and about 15 miles from the border town of Belcoo. The local St. Angelo Airport is only 10 minutes away while Dublin and Belfast are less than 90 minutes away.

Situated within an internationally renowned lakeland area, the vicinity offers a wide range of amenities including hotels, golf courses, sailing and fishing.

Access to the estate is via two entry points from the main Enniskillen/Irvinestown Road through impressive entrance gates and via Castle Street in the village.

The buildings on the estate include eye-catching 17th century castle ruins.

Necarne is defined as an Historic Park and Garden in the Fermanagh Area Plan 2007 and is detailed in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency's Register of Parks, Gardens and Demesnes as being of historic importance.

Its extensive facilities include 80 stables set in cutstone buildings around an inner and outer courtyard

Its indoor arena comes with a viewing gallery which can seat an audience of 300 and it also has catering facilities. Its research facilities included a laboratory. The grounds are enhanced by a walled outdoor garden, as well as cross country, steeplechase and point-to-point courses.

The outdoor arena is fully drained, floodlit and surfaced with adjacent parking.

As well as a show jumping arena there are two dressage arenas, making it one of the largest open air venues in Northern Ireland.

About 150 of its acres comprise flat and undulating countryside grassland with jumps while about 30 acres are devoted to mature woodland.

In addition the estate is surrounded by mature trees and hedging. A number of the buildings are listed for preservation.

Contact Lisney 04890 501 501

Irish Independent

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