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Inside the £18million mansion no one wants that takes 30 minutes to walk through

An 18th Century mansion is up for sale at a guide price of £18m and is so big it takes 30 minutes to walk through.

The Irish estate includes part of ancient woodland and is made up of 1,050 acres.

The abbey was set up by a group of monks back in the mid-12th century, in Co Laois, and is the most expensive property publicly listed in the Republic of Ireland right now.

Currently owned by Sir David Davies, an 83-year-old Welsh businessman and president of the Irish Georgian Society, Abbey Leix Estate is still up for grabs, writes the Irish Mirror.

Davies snapped up the nine-bedroom mansion in the mid-1990s for €3 million from Tom de Vesci.

After years of restoration work on the estate, he decided to put it on the market in June 2019, but it still hasn't sold.

The mansion was built by James Wyatt in 1773, and includes nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms as well as 10 lodges and cottages on the grounds.

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Abbey Leix comprises of 26,910 square feet of private estate, ancient woodland and even the country's oldest oak tree.

The stunning country house is positioned within a private estate and frontage to the River Nore.

It takes a full half-hour to tour the three-storey mansion alone, and extra to walk around the immediate grounds.

The house is filled with classic Irish furniture an art, which some is available to acquire if new owners want to buy them.

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The luxury home has seven bays, an impressive entrance hall with iconic columns and each period details are protected following an exhaustive restoration in 1995.

It also features a dining room with a suite of 16 Wyatt chairs, a new family room, kitchen and even a butler's pantry.

The original library was replaced with the new state dining room but a smaller library remains in its place.

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The property's origins date back to French Cistercian monks who travelled to Ireland in the mid-12th century and an ancient stone bridge, known as Monk's Bridge, marks where they located their abbey on the estate.

Large crystal chandeliers and huge bay windows can be seen around the country house and a large stag head sits above the white fireplace in the entrance hall.

The grounds consist of hedges, sculpted greenery and intricate garden designs, which overlook the ancient woodland.

In one family room, a grand piano sits in the corner next to luxurious love seats and chairs and a warming fireplace.

A bedroom features a high four-poster bed, writing desk and several windows.

Abbey Leix is on the market with a guide price of in excess of €20million (£18million). The sale is being handled by Collier International in conjunction with Sothebys International Realty.

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