Whittaker mansion under the hammer
Whistling balladeer Roger Whittaker is still trying to shift his Irish mansion more than two years after it first went on the market.
The former convent in the village of Eyrecourt, Co Galway, comes equipped with its own recording studio, gym and outhouses as well as a two bedroom guest apartment.
It goes under the hammer next month with a reserve price of 275,000 euro.
Whittaker and his wife Natalie have been unable to sell the property since deciding to move to France in 2011, when he was asking 1.15 million euro for his Galway home.
"We loved living there and we'll really miss it, as it was such a friendly place," said Whittaker. "However, my wife's arthritis means the French climate is far more suitable to her health needs."
The main house, described as being furnished in period country style, has four reception rooms, a conservatory at ground level, a kitchen, dining room and three bedrooms with en suites. Other buildings include a large four-port garage, storage areas, a wine cellar, as well as a tennis court and children's play area.
Best known for hits like Durham Town and Last Farewell, Whittaker and his wife lived in Ireland for 13 years, the last seven of which they were based in The Old Convent. The entertainer said the house would be an ideal home for a recording artist or someone interested in music.
"I know whoever does buy this house will enjoy it as much as we have and get to know the lovely people here," he said.
Allsop Space, which specialises in high-profile sales of distressed properties as well as private sales, has included The Old Convent among 155 lots in its latest auction in Dublin.
Other highlights include a top floor two bedroom apartment off Dublin's Leeson Street with a reserve of 190,000 euro and a Georgian property at 20 Herbert Street, also in the capital, with a reserve at 560,000 euro. Some 73 houses, 27 apartments, 24 retail premises, seven pubs and two hotels will go under the hammer.