Historic Wexford house up for auction next month

By DAVID TUCKER

'Mount Folly' is up for auction on May 24.
'Mount Folly' is up for auction on May 24.

A historic and well-known Wexford house is coming up for auction on May 24, with an AMV of €250,000.

'Mount Folly' is a detached three-bay, two storey house built in circa 1820.

It extends to c. 300 sq.m. and occupies a picturesque elevated position overlooking Wexford town.

The house retains many of its original features including; door openings, cut-granite step, moulded rendered surrounds, ionic doorcase, timber-panelled widow shutters and centre pieces.

There is extensive accommodation with three reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, linen room, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Outside there is a self-contained unit which was previously used as a doctor's surgery. The property occupies approximately 0.26 hectares/0.64 acres. The site is Zoned 'Town Centre' in the current Wexford Town & Environs Development Plan.

'Mount Folly' is adjacent to the new Wexford Garda HQ and there is right of way for a new vehicular entrance adjacent to the Garda station.

The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, says the house 'is.. of the middle size and represents an important element of the early 19th century domestic architectural heritage of the locality with qualities identifying a refined design programme redolent of the so-called Regency period including the graceful symmetrical configuration centred on a classically-detailed doorcase, (and) the diminishing in scale of the openings on each floor, the slightly oversailing low-slung roof profile.

'Having been well maintained, the house continues to project an early aspect with the historic or original fabric surviving largely intact, both to the exterior and to the interior including sections of slate hanging alongside a glazing pattern potentially belonging to the sash-and-overlight prototype recognised as a characteristic of Wexford town and the environs.'

The house remains of additional importance for the historic connections with the Pettitt family including brewer Matthew Pettit.

To arrange a suitable viewing time, contact Wexford Auctioneers, Kehoe & Associates at 053 9144393.

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