Belfast Telegraph

For sale: Northern Ireland mansion that was home to GIs and artist

By Emma Deighan

An elegant 18th century home in Co Tyrone with a captivating history has gone on the market for £795,000 following an extensive restoration.

Erganagh House, hidden away off Glenpark Road in the Gortnagarn area of Omagh, has five bedrooms, three reception rooms and three bathrooms spread over three floors.

Spanning 7,500sq ft, the rooms in the main house have been recently restored to preserve many of the original features.

Made up of eight acres of land, the estate at the foot of the Sperrins also boasts a gate lodge, gardener's cottage and outbuildings.

The property is accessed by a private lane and comes with manicured, mature lawns and a walled garden.

Situated three miles from the Co Tyrone town in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to Gortin Glen Forest, it's ideally placed for golf and fishing enthusiasts.

The area offers a variety of hillwalking and forest trails, as well as a network of cycle paths.

Among its former residents is the US Army, which used the house and estate as a base during the Second World War.

It was home to the Military Police Platoon and 34th Signal Company of the 34th Infantry Division, who constructed a trench around the site.

Artefacts can still be observed in the grounds of the property and there are photographs showing the families who lived and the servants who worked in Erganagh House many years ago.

The house was also once home to Irish landscape artist John Wright, who lived there as a boy.

Given its history and restoration, Mayers Real Estate, which has listed the site, described the sale as a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for developers and buyers.

Ursula Mayers of the company said: "During the restoration of the master bedroom the wallpaper was removed to reveal the signature John Wright had written on the wall when he was a child.

"Wright was a frequent visitor to the house before and during the restoration, and some of his paintings are currently displayed there."

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