Tights-move! Sprawling 18th-century manor once owned by Adventures of Robin Hood star Richard Greene goes on sale for £2.9m
- Borleagh manor in Inch, Gorey, Wexford was bought by matinee idol and film star Richard Greene in 1963
- During his residency, the Georgian house played host to Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant and Richard Burton
- The country manor’s grounds, extending over 150 acres, include a trout lake, thatched and garden cottage
- Four-bedroom property is on sale for an asking price of £2.9million (€3,400,000) with Colliers International
Published: 06:16 EDT, 7 May 2020 | Updated: 12:13 EDT, 7 May 2020
A sprawling 18th-century manor once owned by the Adventures of Robin star Richard Greene has gone on sale for £2.9million (€3,400,000).
The matinee idol bought Borleagh Manor, situated in Inch, Gorey, Wexford, in 1963 after landing his lead role as the outlaw in the British television series.
During his residency, the Georgian country house in Ireland played host to a number of Hollywood’s elite, including Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant and Richard Burton.
Greene spent his time successfully breeding a number of horses at the agricultural and sporting estate, becoming master of the Wicklow Hunt before selling the property to a Washington businessman, Mr Charles Gambrill.
Borleagh Manor, house and driveway pictured above, has gone on sale for £2.9million (€3,400,000). The two-storey agricultural and sporting estate is situated in Inch, Gorey, Wexford and dates back to the 18th century
The spacious dining room, situated on the other side of the reception hall, with a table fitting up to 12 chairs. The manor house faces east with views over its own park, with glimpses of the sea in the distance and Croghan Mountain to the north
The floodlit lofted stud yard which sits to the rear of the manor, incorporating box hedging and a three-tiered fountain. Aside from 15 loose boxes, the yard also has a feed house, tack-room, workshop, staff canteen and an office
The stately reception hall, above, which is entered through rising granite steps and an entrance porch. The hall features a limestone flagged floor and pillared arch, leading to an elegant wide staircase which provides access to the upper floor
Richard Greene as Robin of Locksley in the British TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood. Greene bought Borleagh Manor in 1963 after landing the leading role in the programme, with the manor playing host to a number of Hollywood’s elite
Borleagh originally extended to around 3,000 acres when purchased by the Quin family in 1771 for a sum believed to be in the region of £13,000.
But it is thought that Reverend T Quin commissioned and built the house that stands on the site today.
The manor is noted as under construction on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey, published in 1841, which likely includes the fabric of the original structure.
The Quin family and their descendants remained in the property up to 1963, with many of the male members serving with the British Army in the First World War and in India during the Bengal Revolt, as evidenced by the inscriptions of the headstones in the family grave yard attached to the residence.
The property changed ownership for the first time in 200 years when it was purchased by Greene.
The manor was sold by Mr Gambrill, whose family preferred to remain in the USA, in 1986 to Malachy Stone, who stayed in the property up until 1996.
The kitchen, dining and family room with a polished timber floor, an exposed timber beamed ceiling, fitted wall and floor units alongside two oven oil fired Alpha cookers. The central island also has a Belfast sink, with an adjoining Butler’s Pantry
The drawing room – a bow-ended room with arched recesses and a delicate marble mantelpiece, situated off the reception hall and across from the dining room, featuring a number of paintings and a large patterned rug
One of the bedrooms, which has an ensuite. The main staircase leads to a central and spacious landing which runs the full length of the house and off of which are the three double bedrooms, master bedroom suite and a guest bathroom
A spacious dressing room by the feature master bedroom suite, with custom made Mahogany open wardrobes, shelving and storage space. The room is accessed through the half panelled walls of a separate WC with an en suite shower room
The staircase from the rear landing leads to the semi-basement/yard level, which features a quirky games room, wine cellar, billiard room, office, gun room, separate WC and various utility rooms, alongside laundry, stores and a large boot room
One of the spacious ensuites, situated off the landing, including a wash basin, shower, storage unit and toilet. It is thought that Reverend T Quin commissioned and built the house that stands on the site today
A large pair of double doors open onto the Sun Room which in turn opens to the south and west facing gardens with their expansive terraces and lawns. The property changed ownership for the first time in 200 years when Greene purchased it
The grounds of Borleagh Manor, which includes a thatched and garden cottage, court yard and a trout lake. Borleagh originally extended to around 3,000 acres when purchased by the Quin family in 1771
A black and white picture of Borleagh manor. The Georgian country house is noted as under construction on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey, published in 1841, which likely includes the fabric of the original structure
Greene, an English film and television actor, pictured with his wife, actress Patricia Medina. Greene spent his time successfully breeding a number of horses at the agricultural and sporting estate
Mr Stone remained a resident until 1996, before the property was sold to Ms Sue Bramall, an English horse trainer.
Ms Bramell developed a training establishment on the property and sold Borleagh in 2004 after deciding to move her equine enterprise to France.
Mr Stone, the occupant from 1986 to 1996, decided to return to Borleagh and acquired the property back from Ms Bramell.
The estate still has considerable connections with the equine industry, through the breeding of National Hunt thoroughbred horses.
Alongside the manor, the grounds contain a number of outbuildings, including a thatched and garden cottage, and a trout lake.
The thatched cottage, one of the property’s outbuildings, which includes a kitchen, utility room, sunken reception room opening to a large terrace overlooking the lake, four bedrooms and two bathrooms
The old walled garden which has been carefully restored with a central Glass House, raised propagation beds, neatly trimmed box hedging and lawned areas. An array of vegetables can also be found in the garden and Glass House
Terraced lawns rise to a Tennis Court and flowering pathways. The walled garden plays host to an orchard of some 60 apple and fruit trees, alongside numerous other fruit including quince, damsons, raspberries and tayberries
The gardens and grounds at Borleagh where rhododendrons of many varieties and colour flower from December to July are a special feature of the property. To the southern flank of the house is the south facing terraced garden
Horses in the grounds of Borleagh Manor, which has been a successful training establishment, noted for breeding numerous flat and national hunt-winners as well as distinguished sport-horses. The property has some 4km of wooded bridle paths
Vibrant shrubbery and horses pictured grazing in the grounds of the manor property. A trout lake incorporating a log cabin can be approached from the main house via a paved roadway leading over an old stone bridge
A floorplan of the ground floor, showing the office, study, billard room, games room, wine cellar, boot room, laundry, sore room, hallway, sunroom, inner hall, toilet and log house. The house opens into a reception hall upon entry
A floorplan showing two of the bedrooms, a bathroom and ensuite, the kitchen, living room and utility room. The property contains four bedrooms in total, including a feature master bedroom suite
The thatched cottage has a kitchen, utility room, sunken reception room opening to a large terrace overlooking the lake, four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The garden cottage has an open plan kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and one bathroom.
On its website, Colliers International describes the property as ‘a truly superb agricultural and sporting estate’ and a ‘beautifully restored Georgian House’.
The estate agency adds: ‘Borleagh Manor is a 5 bay two storey over semi-basement period residence completed as it stands today c. 1840, incorporating the fabric of an earlier 18th century structure. The property includes two guest cottages and extensive equestrian facilities.’
Borleagh Manor is on sale for an asking price of £2.9million (€3,400,000) through Colliers International.
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