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We all know the process of selling a house can take a lot longer than you might expect. But if you're tasked with selling a mansion worth tens of millions of euro in Co. Laois (as so many of us have been...) then you better sit tight as you could be waiting years.
The magnificent Abbey Leix Estate has been listed as for sale since June 2019 meaning the property has been available to purchase for almost two years with no bites. At €20 million it is said to be the most expensive publicly listed home for sale in all of Ireland.
So, what does a sweet €20 million buy you in 2021 Ireland you might be asking? Well, Abbey Leix is described as being 'a splendid and most distinguished Irish 18th-century mansion' that is located within a stunning woodland that spans over 1,000 acres.
As you can imagine, once you step inside the home it is an equally as decadent affair. The house is an elegant three-storey classical mansion of seven bays, each of the rooms filled with an abundance of antique Irish furniture and art.
There is a deep hall, with a screen of columns separating it from the east-west-running staircase which provides all the drama and elegance you would expect from a 19th century mansion. Other key wings of the house include its music room, the classical library, the conservatory, the 'family' room and the butler's pantry - it's basically a real-life Cluedo board.
Stepping back outside onto the building's ground, Abbey Leix apparently has one of the most important collections of trees in all of Ireland. The woodlands surrounding the mansion are home to some of the last surviving remnants of tree species like oak, birch, alder and willow which have been hugely depleted in forests around the country in recent years.
Currently owned by Sir David Davies - an 83-year-old Welsh businessman and President of the Irish Georgian Society - over the years Abbey Leix Estate has been home to French Monks, More Princes, Ormonde Earls, de Vesci Viscounts, a Welsh Knight, and now possibly you?
If you'd like to explore the wonders of the Estate you can do so on its Daft.ie page here.
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