Thirty prime Co Down acres on sale

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Commercial Property - BY JOHN MUL­GREW

More than 30 acres of land close to one of North­ern Ire­land’s grand­est pri­vate es­tates has gone on the mar­ket for £300,000.

The 34-acre site at Spa Road, Bal­ly­nahinch in Co Down sits near to the Mon­talto es­tate.

Mon­talto is a pri­vately-owned es­tate, which in­cludes 400 acres of coun­try­side. It was also the back­drop for film­ing of a new Dis­ney se­ries.

The Lodge was filmed at the es­tate last year, while ad­di­tional scenes were also shot in Castlewellan and Tol­ly­more For­est near New­cas­tle.

Mon­talto House was built in 1760 for Lord Moira and went through a num­ber of hands be­fore be­ing bought by the Wil­sons — of gen­er­a­tor man­u­fac­turer FG Wil­son fame — in the 1990s.

The land up for sale is pre­dom­i­nately agri­cul­tural, with between 20 and 23 acres of “qual­ity farm­ing lands”, while the re­main­der is a mix­ture of steep land, low-ly­ing lands and a small lake.

Com­mer­cial prop­erty firm OKT is han­dling the sale. Mean­while, a site in Co Ty­rone which be­longed to a car com­pany has now gone on the mar­ket.

The site on Dro­more Road out­side Omagh be­longed to David Pren­tice (Cars Ltd) has plan­ning per­mis­sion for eight semi-de­tached houses.

It’s on the mar­ket for £200,000. The site is be­ing sold on be­half of the ad­min­is­tra­tors of the com­pany.

In Novem­ber, David Pren­tice (Cars) Ltd en­tered ad­min­is­tra­tion. Bosses had said no jobs would be lost and that it marks a “new era” for the com­pany.

David Pren­tice is a house­hold name in North­ern Ire­land, hav­ing traded across sev­eral deal­er­ships in the re­gion for more than 30 years.

To­day, the com­pany runs just one car deal­er­ship in Por­ta­d­own.

Tom Keenan and Scott Mur­ray of Keenan CF, were ap­pointed as joint ad­min­is­tra­tors for the firm.

The com­pany was di­rected by David Pren­tice, Va­lerie Pren­tice and Joanne Hous­ton.

And else­where in Co Ty­rone, a bar and restau­rant are now up for sale, due to the owner’s re­tire­ment.

The Gables bar and restau­rant, which is based on the Cook­stown Road out­side Dun­gan­non, is con­tin­u­ing to trade as nor­mal. It’s cur­rently owned by hus­band and wife team Malachy and Joanna Hughes.

Mr Hughes said the busi­ness has al­ready had a lot of in­ter­est, and he is sell­ing it as he ap­proaches 25 years of own­er­ship.

“It’s a grand spot. We have a lot of in­ter­est. The ma­jor­ity of them would be look­ing to lease... we would prob­a­bly pre­fer to off­load it,” he said.

“It’s a good thriv­ing busi­ness and is well sit­u­ated and a land­mark on that road.”

It’s be­ing sold by Tom Henry & Co. The restau­rant is said to have a “long his­tory of suc­cess­ful trad­ing” and has been un­der the same own­er­ship since 1992.

It boasts ca­pac­ity for 150 peo­ple, and serves a range of menus in­clud­ing mid­week spe­cials, lunch, din­ner, as well as hav­ing live en­ter­tain­ment at the week­end.

The Gables says it has space to deal with 270 cov­ers each day, and has a bar, lounge, din­ing room and con­ser­va­tory.

Else­where a 30-acre for­mer quarry near Tan­dragee has also been put on the mar­ket for £2m.

The huge site is be­ing mar­keted as suit­able for a range of uses, in­clud­ing “land­fill or re­cy­cling”, sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion. The area is around two miles from Tan­dragee.

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