Wells House and Gardens has been sold to Wexford businessman Seán Doyle.
Wells House was originally put on the market with a guide price of €7m prior to the pandemic when the 185-acre property had garnered a lot of interest from clients across the world. However, current owners Uli and Sabine Rosler were determined that the new owner would be someone with a love for the property and someone who would carry on the good work they had begun since opening the premises to the public in 2012.
Mr Doyle, whose group owns the nearby Upton Court Hotel in Kilmuckridge, said it would be "business as usual" when his team take ownership of the property.
Confirming they had signed a contract for the purchase of the entire estate, Mr Doyle said the initial intention was "to build on the great work Sabine and Uli have done".
"It will be business as usual," he continued, "We will be honouring all existing contracts and over time intend to develop it as a wedding venue and add more accommodation."
Wells House and Gardens consists of 185 acres in total, 70 acres of which are agricultural lands. The remainder is in gardens, yards and woodland walks which have been constructed for visitors. Robertson Hall, which is the most recent addition on the grounds, can accommodate private functions for up to 160 guests.
Originally built in the 1600’s, Wells House boasts over 400 years of history. In the 1800’s, while in the ownership of the Doyne Family, it was redesigned by renowned architect Daniel Robertson (who also designed Johnstown Castle and Powerscourt Gardens) in a Tudor Gothic style. In 1965 it was purchased by the Rosler Family and has been in their care to date.