18th century country house at Ballymascanlon to be sold at auction next month

18th century country house at Ballymascanlon to be sold at auction next month

An 18th century country house on the outskirts of Dundalk will go under the hammer for auction next month.

“The Cottage” at Ballymascanlan will be auctioned by local estate agents Property Partners Laurence Gunne at 3pm on Tuesday June 20th in the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The six bed period home, which is set on 19 acres and is approached by a tree lined avenue, has a guide price of between €1.3 to €1.5 million and according to auctioneer Stephen Gunne “is probably the finest property to come on the market in Co Louth this year.”

The dining area of ‘The Cottage’

Should it sell it will likely become the largest one-off sale in Louth so far this year, surpassing the €1.3 million achieved for Roxbury House in Termonfeckin and the €1.15m paid for Poppy Lodge at the Square in Blackrock, both earlier this month.

Declan and Anne Hollywood, who have lived there for the past 28 years, are moving on now that their five children have grown.

The home itself dates from 1745 and has come on the market only five times since then. It measures 4,3000 sq ft and has been modernised by the Hollywood family in recent times, along with a separate 900sq ft building called Apple Cottage, which was a gardener’s house.

The property boasts 19 acres of land

The house was first owned by a family called McNeale. It was bought by a William Carville from Co Down in the 1860s, who then leased the house and grounds. In the 20th century it was bought by a woman called Augusta Brennan, who sold it to the O’Hagan family, who ran a stud farm there before the Hollywoods bought it.

It would be best known to the public for hosting the Louth Pony Club’s annual pony camp on the grounds for many years.

The house is hidden down a long driveway off the Dundalk to Carlingford road with its accommodation including a study, drawing room dining room, conservatory, kitchen/dining area, living room, utility area and pantry.

The property boasts a separate 900sq ft building called Apple Cottage

Apple Cottage also includes two bedrooms, a sitting room, bedroom/study, kitchen and bathroom.

The outbuildings include a large newly roofed stone store, hay barn, stalls and loose boxes all with access to an enclosed haggard. The lands are laid out in four well fenced paddocks with a back entrance to a local road.

One of the living areas in ‘The Cottage’

For further information on the property visit the Property Partners website here.

A video of the property by Fergal McCabe can be viewed below…

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