This gorgeous 18th-century mansion overlooking a 1,000 acre woodland in Co. Laois can be yours - for a mere €20m ($22.57m)!
Abbey Leix Estate in Abbeyleix, Laois, was bought for just $3.7 million (€3 million) back in 1995, but has since been restored to its current glory and is now on the market.
The estate includes a nine-bedroom, ten-bath, three-story, stone house at the end of a mile-long drive, as well as 10 lodges and cottages on the property. The 26,910-square-foot main house, which is in the Italianate-style, boasts a large hallway, music room, classical library, conservatory, and a new state dining room.
The property overlooks a stunning 1,000-acre primeval forest of oak, birch, alder and willow - the last surviving remnants of Ireland’s ancient woodland, The Irish Sun reports. The estate also contains the oldest oak tree in Ireland.
The Abbey Leix Estate is so named because it marks the site of a mid-12th-century religious settlement of French Cistercian monks. An ancient stone bridge on the property, called Monk’s Bridge, is where the monks located their original abbey.
The de Vesci family owned the estate from 1675 to 1995 and cultivated the stunning landscape. The house was designed in 1773 by noted architect James Wyatt.
More information on this remarkable property can be found at Sotheby’s International Realty.