Loftus Hall finally crosses the line
Better known for its legend, the 63-acre farm at Loftus Hall in South Wexford has been bought by a tillage farmer, writes Shirley Busteed.
It's been on and off the market for almost three years but Loftus Hall in South Wexford has finally crossed the line. Situated on the scenic coast line of the Hook peninsula, the property first appeared on the market in September 2008 at a guide price of €1.8 million. It's understood that a deal was agreed that same year but it never fully crossed the line and the property returned to the open market.
However, despite the lengthy wait, a buyer was found in recent months albeit at a much reduced guide price. It's understood that a Co Wexford tillage farmer has bought the property in a private deal for a figure in the region of the revised guide of €625,000.
It's thought the buyer, who also has a building background, will continue to use the land for farming purposes but it's unknown what he intends to do with the 27,100 square foot residence. Selling agent John Radford from Sherry FitzGerald Radford, New Ross handled the sale.
Extending to 63 acres, the property is home to the legendary Loftus Hall mansion. In its former glory, Loftus Hall was a thriving country hotel which catered for weddings and functions right up to the end of the '80s. Prior to this it was used as a convent, as well as a private residence.
The property has been lying empty since 1992 and is in need of a complete makeover. Extending to three storeys, accommodation includes seven reception rooms, 22 bedrooms, an extensive kitchen area as well as a large function room and bar.
Outside, there are a range of stone outhouses as well as a large walled-in garden. It's sheer size and presence is hard to miss from the road for anybody travelling in the direction of the lighthouse at Hook Head