Ballycogley Castle has strong historical links with colonial past

DATING way back to the time of Henry the Second, Ballycogley Castle was built by the Wadding family, colonists who did well out of the English invasion of this area of Co Wexford.

The 13th century castle is still attached to a farm of the same name which is now up for sale through Kehoe and Associates. The property includes a two-storey over basement Georgian residence, an old stone courtyard and some 77 acres of fine, limestone land.

Ballycogley has rarely changed hands over the years. The Waddings left the area when the estate was seized following the Cromwellian invasion and the second family to take control here, the Barringtons, continued in occupation until the War of Independence.

The present owner purchased the property in 1885 and began a restoration campaign which has seen the main house re-roofed, re-wired and totally refurbished, according to Barry Kehoe, who also sold the property in 1985.

This time around, the house and lands carry a guide price of 1.5 million - giving a price of €950,000 or thereabouts for the residence and 30 acres and a guide for the remaining acreage of 10,000 to 11,000 per acre.

Ballycogley is approached via a mature, tree-lined driveway and it also comes with separate, farmyard access. The main entrance is at first floor level, with a drawing room and dining room at either side of the hallway. to the back is an inner hallway with bathroom and a stairs leading to basement, or garden level.

Here there are three former servant rooms which could convert to a separate apartment, says Barry Kehoe.

Other rooms include a country-style kitchen, a family room with stone fireplace and a large utility room. At first floor level there are five bedrooms and a bathroom.

The courtyard comes with a four-car garage, a number of stores and enough space for eight horses and a pony.

The old walled in garden is off the courtyard and comes with a four span haybarn and an old loft which would be suitable for conversion.

Mr Kehoe is expecting huge interest in this just launched property.

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