One of the oldest buildings in a South Mayo town will go up for auction later this year.
The Valkenburg hotel in the heart of Ballinrobe has been a part of the lives of residents and visitors to the town for decades.
Located at the junction of Main St and Chapel Lane, auctioneers DNG Maxwell Heaslip and Leonard are offering the building as part of an unconditional online auction which takes place on September 4 next. The minimum bid on the extensive building is €250,000.
The property comprises of 14,900 square feet over three floors and is being offered to the market with a full seven-day licence, a spacious bar and dining area as well as a nightclub or function room.
It also includes six en-suite bedrooms as part of the hotel.
The three-story limestone faced building is believed to have been built around 1820. To this day, it boasts a Gibbsian doorcase, developed by architect James Gibbs and is distinguished by the frame of heavy cut stone. It is believed the ‘Mail coach staging post’ was initially located on the site before landlord Colonel Charles Knox built the hotel to provide safe accommodation for the families of soldiers who visited from abroad. Mr Knox eventually leased the hotel to his manager, John Valkenburg, for ‘a shilling and a pinch of snuff per annum’.
In 1858, the Valkenburg family bought the building for £1,000. Around the 1920s, the owners operated the first petrol pumps in the town at the back of the hotel until the death of Joe Valkenburg in the 1950s.
In 1958, Patrick Finlay bought the hotel and operated it for 15 years before it was purchased in 1973 by Seamus and Ita Langan. Their sons, Richard and Barry operated the business until it closed last Christmas.