A derelict mansion in County Waterford is set to be turned into a luxury hotel after selling for £300,000.
Mayfield House in Portlaw was once one of the finest houses in Ireland but has been derelict since 1994 causing it to deteriorate rapidly over the past 28 years.
The 10-bedroom mansion was built in 1740 for the wealthy Malcomson family, who founded the nearby town of Portlaw.
Designed by renowned architect William Tinsley, Mayfield House was recently purchased by one of Ireland’s largest hotel companies, who purchased the property for €535,000 less than its asking price of €835,000. Auction company BidX1 and auctioneers Brophy Cusack handled the sale of the property.
Paudie Coffey, chair of the Portlaw Community Improvement Committee, said the committee was “delighted that the historic landmark on the outskirts of the village has been sold”, adding that it would provide a much-needed boost to local tourism.
Coffey told the Irish Examiner that he looked forward to the collaboration between the local community, Waterford Town and County Councils and the new owners of Mayfield House.
The house is situated on 6.05 acres of land and also includes a pavilion at the main gates, a shed, an orangery and various other collapsed structures.
The mansion once boasted splendid decor, including ornate plasterwork, intricately carved fireplaces and opulent gilding.
It was eventually converted back into the headquarters of the Irish tanning industry before Irish leather making declined in the 1950s.
The house is in desperate need of renovation after its roof collapsed at the turn of the century.
Many original features have since been removed for preservation purposes. Nowadays, all that remains of the old mansion are its walls.
The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage said the house was “distinguished by the elegant entrance tower, which increases the classical Italianate quality of the composition”.
“Now in ruins and having been exposed to architectural salvage, much of the original fabric has been lost, although remnants of some fine details of the openings survive intact, contributing to the design quality of the site,” said the National Inventory.