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Wells House sold in deal believed to be ‘one of the biggest in Wexford in a long, long time’.

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Wells House and Gardens has been sold to local Wexford businessman Seán Doyle in a deal the seller describes as “one of the biggest in Wexford in a long, long time”.

After the 185 hectare property was officially launched before the pandemic with a target price of 7 million euros, it had attracted great interest from customers around the world. However, current owners Uli and Sabine Rosler were determined that the new owner would be someone who loved the property and someone who would continue the good work they have started since opening the premises to the public in 2012.

And Mr Doyle, whose group owns the nearby Upton Court Hotel in Kilmuckridge, said it would be “business as usual” if his team took ownership of the property.

Mr Doyle confirmed they had signed a deal to buy the entire property and said the original intention was “to build on the great work that Sabine and Uli have done”.

“It will be business as usual,” he continued. “We will honor all existing contracts and intend to develop it as a wedding venue and add more accommodation over time. All staff will remain and we will add more over time.”

Mr. Doyle refused to claim the price agreed between both parties, saying only that both sides were satisfied with the final agreement.

DNG McCormack Quinn’s Gary Quinn negotiated the sale and said the target price when the property was put up for sale pre-Covid-19 was €7million.

“There were interested parties from all over the world, but the fit of the buyer was just as important to Uli and Sabine as the purchase price,” said Mr. Quinn.

“They wanted someone who would love the property and I think they found that person in Sean. It’s been a great property to be a part of and this sale is one of the biggest in Wexford in a long time. We are all looking forward to seeing what Seán and his team make of it.”

Wells House and Gardens covers a total of 185 acres, of which 70 acres are agricultural land. The rest are gardens, courtyards and forest trails laid out for visitors. Robertson Hall, the newest addition to the property, can accommodate private functions for up to 160 guests.

Originally built in the 17th century, Wells House has over 400 years of history. In the 19th century, when owned by the Doyne family, it was redesigned in the Tudor Gothic style by the renowned architect Daniel Robertson (who also designed Johnstown Castle and Powerscourt Gardens). In 1965 it was acquired by the Rosler family and is still in their care today. Since opening the property to the public, Uli and Sabine have continually expanded and restored the property, both inside and out.

Although the sale has now been agreed, Ms. Rosler will stay on as managing director until the end of the year. A statement from the Rösler family confirmed this information. “Sabine Rosler will remain in a leadership role over the next year and looks forward to working with the new owners as they intend to build on the work that has been done over the past decade since Wells opened to the public,” it says there. “For our customers we would like to confirm that all existing commitments are being met and we look forward to the upcoming summer with our fun events and family day trips run by our existing team.

“Sabine and Uli would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the many friends and supporters of Wells House and Gardens that we have come to know and have made over the past ten years. We would also like to thank our team members for helping us achieve our goal and wish Seán all the best for the future.”

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/wexford/news/wells-house-sold-in-deal-believed-to-be-one-of-the-biggest-in-wexford-in-a-long-long-time-41589253.html Wells House sold in deal believed to be ‘one of the biggest in Wexford in a long, long time’.

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