One of Wexford’s most popular visitor attractions, Wells House and Gardens, which now hosts weddings and corporate events, as well as house tours and a range of other activities, is being put on the market by the owners, the Rosler family.
Dating back more than 400 years, the house has over 40 rooms and is being sold with over 184 acres of land. Market sources said the house was expected to sell for in excess of €4.5m, although it could sell for up to €7.5m if an adjoining 285 acres of top-class agricultural land was being purchased along with the property.
The property comes with a craft courtyard and five self-catering chalets. Alongside the house is Mrs Stone’s restaurant, which can seat 100 patrons, and Robertson Hall, which can accommodate functions for up to 160 guests.
Wells is a Tudor-Gothic house designed by architect Daniel Robertson ca-1840 for Robert Doyne as a replacement house for that which served the Doyne family since 1702. The original house was built in the late 1600s by John Warren, a soldier to Oliver Cromwell. In 1878, the estate comprised of 7,134 acres.
The Georgian Society Records said; “We have a red-bricked Queen Anne house externally embellished by the addition of sandstone mullions and dressings to resemble a Tudor manor house, and fitted internally with Gothic woodwork (including oak paneling throughout. The hall, staircase, lobbies and principal apartments are wainscoted. Ceilings are also presented in carved oak decoration) taken from the beams of the original roof.
Charles Doyne, then living in Guernsey, sold Wells House and 580 acres of land in 1964 to German industrialist Herr Gerhard Rosler. It is now owned by his son, Uli, and his wife, Sabine, who inherited the property in February 2011.
Wells House and Gardens became the top tourist attraction in Co. Wexford in 2016. Around 100,000 people visit the property annually, although that number has reduced since its peak of 120,000 in 2016. To counter this fall, the property has moved into weddings and corporate events.
DNG Wexford is handling the sale.