Inside the £18million mansion so big it takes 30 minutes to walk around but no one wants to buy

A STUNNING mansion from the 18th century – which is so big that it takes 30 minutes to walk around it – is on the market and could be yours, for a hefty price.

Set on 1,050 acres of ancient woodland, Abbey Leix Estate in Co Laois, Ireland, costs an eye-watering £18 million – but no one has bought it yet.

The stunning property is currently owned by Sir David Davies, an 83-year-old Welsh businessman and president of the Irish Georgian Society, and is still up for grabs.

Abbey Leix Estate was set up by a group on monks back in the mid-12th century – and is currently the most expensive property on the market in the Republic of Ireland.

Davies bought the nine-bedroom mansion in the 1990s, and after restoration work, he decided to sell it in June 2019.

Built by architect James Wyatt in 1773, Abbey Leix comprises of 26,910-square-feet, with a scattering of 10 lodges and cottages on the grounds. 

The country house has a remarkable position within a private estate, and includes some of Ireland’s most notable remaining ancient woodland and extensive frontage to the River Nore.

But visitors should be warned – it takes a full half-hour to tour the three-storey mansion alone, and extra to walk around the immediate grounds.

Filled with classic Irish furniture and art, some of the pieces may be available to new owners if they want to purchase them.

The luxury home has seven bays on the outside, and an impressive entrance hall with Ionic columns.

With a dining room encompassing a suite of 16 Wyatt chairs, the home has a stunning family room, kitchen, 10 bathrooms, and butler’s pantry. 

The original library was replaced with the new state dining room – but a smaller library still remains in its place.

Huge bay windows and large crystal chandeliers can be seen around the country house.

And in the entrance hall, a large stag head sits above the white fireplace, stunning guests who enter the home.

The grounds continue the grandeur – with sculpted greenery and intricate garden designs, which overlook the ancient woodland.

Abbey Leix is on the market with a guide price of in excess of €20million (£18million).

The sale is being handled by Collier International in conjunction with Sothebys International Realty.

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