Best of both worlds: flexible work revolution drives rising demand for country houses

Post-pandemic, people are starting to look further afield for a home and, at the top end of the market, buyers are prepared to wait and pay a premium price for the perfect pile

Mamree Lodge in Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, a completely renovated period house in a very pretty setting, had three cash bidders and sold in early 2022

The appetite for the ultimate country pile has never been stronger in Ireland, a phenomenon attributed to the new post-pandemic working world order which allows high net worth individuals to work remotely and from anywhere in the world.

A recent survey undertaken by Savills of prime country home transactions and data available on the Property Price Register revealed a ‘bumper year’ for country home sales with 130 deals worth €198 million recorded.

The value and ...