History under the hammer

Abbey Leix, a stunningly restored 18th-century Co Laois mansion on 1,050 acres of ancient oak woodlands with a story dating back to 1150, comes with a suitably hefty price tag

23rd June, 2019
Abbey Leix, a stunningly restored 18th-century mansion in the heart of Co Laois

Nestled in an ancient woodland demesne of more than 1,000 acres, Abbey Leix is one of the most distinguished 18th-century houses in Ireland. Following its spectacular restoration by Sir David Davies, it is also the most congenial.

The Abbey Leix story begins in 1150 when a band of French Cistercian monks arrived on the banks of the River Nore in Co Laois and founded an abbey. Their occupancy lasted until 1550, the time of the Reformation,...

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