Belfast Telegraph

Former manor house with links to Austen and Dickens among sites for auction

Breezemount Manor in Coleraine will be auctioned on October
Breezemount Manor in Coleraine will be auctioned on October
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

A former Co Londonderry guesthouse with links to Jane Austen novels as well as land in Co Tyrone are among 19 sites to be sold at an upcoming online property auction.

The Osborne King event will take place on October 23. Among its listings is Breezemount Manor on Castlerock Road in Coleraine.

The listed former manor house, which was built in 1820, has a maximum reserve price of £200,000.

It was the childhood home of Hugh Thomson, the famous Irish artist and illustrator of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen novels.

The site was taken over by husband and wife team Winston and Irene Wallace in 1999 when they invested £200,000 converting the property into a guesthouse.

Afterwards the couple was embroiled in a dispute with local planners following the installation of PVC windows. They were ordered to replace them with single-glazed wooden-framed windows.

The case was later discharged following the death of Mrs Wallace.

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The accommodation includes two self-contained apartments and 13 en-suite rooms, some of which are self-catering. The premises are bound by extensive gardens and car parking is available for up to 20 vehicles on site.

Meanwhile, on the Shankill Road, a mid-terrace former newsagents with a maximum reserve price of £13,000 will be among a number of Belfast-based retail sites available through the auction.

It is accompanied by units at street level in Whitehall Square on Sandy Row and a taxi depot and newsagents on Donegall Road.

Mark Carron, director at Osborne King, said: "The catalogue comprises a mix of opportunities. There is a good spread of commercial and residential assets which have been reserved at levels which should attract good interest."

Among the land development opportunities is two acres of industrial land in Dungannon with a reserve price of £175,000, while a rent portfolio of 47 units providing an annual income of £4,700, with a reserve price of £35,000, on the Castlereagh Road will be auctioned.

And in Co Armagh a nursing home has come on the market with current registration for 26 nursing beds.

Located close to Armagh, Portadown and Dungannon, the property could fulfil a number of uses including "sheltered accommodation" and a "waterside hotel", according to property agent Maison Real Estate, which has listed the site.

It has been put on sale following the owners' decision to retire.

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