One of Inishowen’s most historic buildings has gone on the market for half a million euro.
Fahan House, which dates back to 1765, has a main dwelling of over 6000 sq ft, as well as an enclosed courtyard of 1,099 sq ft, a detached cottage of 687 sq ft and a detached garage.
The house is steeped in local history and has the ruins of an important sixth century monastery, which features a seventh century cross slab of St Mura - a relation of St Colmcille.
It was also the residence of Agnes Jones, who was born in 1832 and died in 1864.
Ms Jones was a nursing pioneer who trained alongside Florence Nightingale.
She is buried in the nearby graveyard and spent her early life living in the home.
Fahan House is being sold by Franklin’s Estate Agents, who have had substantial interest in the property since it was put on the market just three weeks ago.
The estate agent lists the building’s specifications on their website, which shows how the main dwelling incorporates a living room, dining room, games room, study and family room.
The first floor includes seven bedrooms and a dressing room and the basement houses a number of coach houses, storage areas, a boiler room and a workshop.
The surrounding grounds of one acre lead down to Lough Swilly and there is a further adjacent 3.5 acres.
The property is being sold for 500,000 euro or as two lots: 400,000 euro for the house and 200,000 for the 3.5 acres.
Brendan Magee, of Franklin’s Estate Agents, said the majority of applicants wish to purchase it as one lot.
He said: “It is clear the majority of applicants want this as one lot. There is a lot of interest in this property. We have already received interest from nine different parties.
“I have three more parties viewing it today. We also showed a number of applicants around the property for a second time at the weekend. It really is a super property.
“Most people want to carry out considerable redecoration, although it is habitable and is being lived in at the moment.
“There is also a lawned area to the front and original stone walls. It is an historic building.
There current owners undertook many improvements to the property. There is a new heating system and they also retained many of the original features.”
Mr McGee said the local property market in general was beginning to show signs of recovery.
He said: “We are currently dealing with 28 different offers at the minute, the majority of which are cash buyers.
“It’s a mixed bag of offers, from commercial to individual sites.
The property market is certainly showing signs of recovery after a difficult past few years.”