Lisselan sale may be less than half of asking price

It stomped onto a gloomy recessionary market with a fantastic €9 million asking price for an equally fantastic chateau of 10,000 square feet and a land belt of 315 acres, but it’s now reported that the landmark, Lisselan estate near Clonakilty in West Cork has been sold for a sum closer to €3.5m.

Lisselan House near Clonakilty, Co Cork. Picture: Denis Scannell

Selling agents, Savills, were unavailable for comment on any sale or on any purchasers’ identity, although a northern buyer has been mooted. Property investor, Tommy O’Gorman, who made a number of canny acquisitions in the south, has ruled himself out as the buyer.

The potential purchaser is likely to be from the south, however, and may even be local, but Savills are denying a sale is completed, at this stage.

Lisselan Estate has been on the market since 2014 and followed on the highly successful sale of the estate’s home farm in 2010 to a Bandon-based dairy farmer, by agent, Cahalane Skuse.

The 315 acres that comprise the estate is now divided between 160 acres of agricultural land, a nine-hole golf course and sumptuous gardens that frame the house on a prominent bluff over the Argideen river.

The main house, built by the great-grandfather of the late historian, Mark Bence-Jones, was constructed between 1851 and 1853 by William Bence Jones to a design by Lewis Vulliamy. The house is framed by approximately 30 acres of Robinsonian gardens.

The vendors are the Blackburn family who made their fortune on the back of the Mitsubishi master franchise for these isles, and who later moved into horse breeding, gaining an international reputation with the success of Lisselan-bred, Imperial Call.

And in an ironic twist, the old homestead of Henry Ford, father of the founder of the Ford Corporation, is located in the Lisselan estate.

The demesne also holds some of the best private stretches of the River Argideen for salmon and sea trout fishing, with 1170m of double bank fishing, ten named pools and 455m of single bank fishing.

The golf course is on 80 acres, and the estate was purchased in 1990 by David Blackburn, who made a considerable investment in the property.

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