Newberry Hall Demesne, Carbury, Co. Kildare – On 444 Acres
Probably the most unique and important estate to come on the market in Ireland this year and at 444 acres also one of the largest agricultural holdings offered for sale in 2010.
Extract from The Irish Times (26.08.10) by Jack Fagan:
THE ELDERLY owner of a historic Co Kildare estate which figured in the 1798 rebellion is offering to make a financial contribution to any purchasers prepared to restore his vast Palladian-style house. Richard Robinson (90), a former aircraft engineer and the last of his family, is selling Newberry Hall Demesne and its expansive 444-acre farm in Carbury, Co Kildare, exactly 100 years after his father bought it for £8,500. Even with the recent fall off in property values, Navan estate agency Raymond Potterton expects the demesne to sell for between €7 million and €7.5 million but says that Mr Robinson is willing to make a “generous financial concession” to new owners guaranteeing to return it to its former glory. How much the restoration work will cost has not been established though Mr Potterton acknowledges that it will involve a “serious amount of money”.