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Browne family put Westport House and Estate on the market

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

There was shock around the county yesterday morning when it emerged that the Browne family had put Westport House and Estate on the market. The family said they had reluctantly and sadly agreed to the sale of the house and estate, having made the decision after meeting with the estates administrators who were acting under a remit from the High Court.

Ms Sheelyn Browne, in a statement released to the media, said: “This is a very sad and emotional day for our family as we have done everything in our power to try to save the house and estate over the last eight years but now have to admit defeat in this battle as we have neither the resources nor the energy to continue. The High Court appointed administrators are very clear that this is the only course of action open to us for both legal and financial reasons. Our fervent hope and wish is that someone will buy the house and estate and keep it open to the public so that it can continue to be the cornerstone of the tourist offering in our beloved Westport. Our plan is that Westport House will continue as a business for this season and will be fully open by Easter next.”

The High Court appointed administrators met with the family earlier this month and strongly advised the family that the only prudent course of action, both legally and financially, was to put the house and the estate on the market in advance of the tourist season and to seek to sell the entire estate as a going concern.


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