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The Abbey Leix Estate | Abbeyleix, County Laois

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Abbey Leix is one of the most renowned houses in Ireland positioned within a remarkable and ancient woodland demesne of more than 1,100 acres. The late-18th-century mansion, clothed in the Italianate manner in 1859-60, has a prominent place within any list of important Irish country houses. The accommodation is grand and beautifully executed with the mansion comprising some 26,910 square feet or 2,500 square metres. The mansion is augmented by 10 lodges and cottages on the estate.

The circa 1,120 acres includes some of Ireland’s most notable remaining ancient woodland and extensive frontage to the River Nore. It has evolved from 12th Century monastic grounds and one tree, the oldest oak in Ireland still survives from this period. Many splendid trees have been planted subsequently and most especially by Sir David over the past 25 years.

Sir David stated that he is pleased to confirm that his Trust has contracted to sell The Abbey Leix Estate and the majority of its contents to a private buyer. The selection of the buyer was made because of their ambition and interest in preserving the integrity of the estate, including buildings and importantly the trees, and their ability to invest in the estate. Sir David is delighted the future of the estate has been secured for the long term.

Joint selling agent and Director of Colliers Marcus Magnier is, “Delighted to find a suitable buyer for my client Sir David Davies for this most important Irish estate who will continue his good work as custodian and maintain the integrity of the estate.”

A long-time advocate and campaigner for Irish heritage and historic houses, Sir David currently serves as President of the Irish Georgian Society, His significant works to both the house and gardens when he purchased circa 25 years ago marked a significant moment in the story of this important Irish country house and will be a lasting legacy to Sir David. 

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Marcus Magnier

Director | Residential Country Homes & Leisure


Head of Residential, Development and Country Homes Departments, with over 40 years' experience advising on, valuing and selling Residential and Country properties as well as major Hotel & Resorts.

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