State oversees sale of land on historic Waterford estate
The 400-acre Mount Congreve Farm outside Waterford city has been sold to local businessman for an undisclosed sum.
As part of the deal, which was overseen by agents Savill’s, the buyer has also taken ownership of the450-strong dairy herd on the farm.
Ambrose Christian Congreve left the estate in trust to the State before his death in 2011 at the age of 104. Under the new deal, the State will remain in ownership of the historic house, gardens and some surrounding forests.
There are major plans in development which would see Mount Congreve become a tourist hub for Waterford. As part of the plans, Mount Congreve house would undergo upgrades and renovations to provide ease of access for the public with the intention of hosting major events, create visitor accommodation and develop offices.
It is expected to develop the section of the farmyard held over from the sale, to create a café; meeting facilities, craft yard; children’s play area and retail units.
Other works would see the famous and amazing gardens protected, the creation of a wetland garden, the upgrade of the existing greenhouse, and the upgrade of the house’s apartments and cottages to provide high quality tourist accommodation.