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Former Carlton Abbey Hotel, Athy, Co. Kildare, R14 AD63

Development & Land Property (3,173.00 sqm) Sold

39 bedrooms  38 bathrooms  4 receptions


  • 39 bedroom hotel set in the grounds of convent at St. Michael’s Church
  • Located on the eastern side of Stanhope Street, north of main street in Athy.
  • 10km east of Junction 3 on the M9 approximately 70 kms southwest of Dublin City Centre
  • Significantly damaged and part fire damaged former hotel in need of refurbishment and restoration.
  • Excellent car parking and providing an opportunity for redevelopment.
  • Zoned as town centre under the Athy Town Development Plan 2012 – 2018


The property is situated on the western side of Stanhope Street on the eastern side of the river Barrow and north of Duke Street in the centre of Athy Town. Athy is one of Kildare’s best known urban areas and is located approximately 20km south of Kildare Town and approximately 10km west of Junction 3 on the M9. Athy is approximately 110km north of Waterford City and approximately 70km south of Dublin City Centre. The property is located to the rear of St. Michael’s Church and is accessed directly off Stanhope Street. It comprises the former Mercy Convent, which was fully refurbished and extended into a 39 bed hotel and operated as the former Carlton Abbey Hotel with associated car parking.  Additional commercial space was constructed to the side of the property up to Stanhope Place, while to the rear it adjoins St. Michael’s School and two blocks of private apartments. We were informed that the former Leisure Centre associated with the hotel was separately sold and is not part of this sale.

Full Description

The property comprises the former Carlton Abbey Hotel (constructed around 2006) comprising of approximately 39 bedrooms in the refurbished Mercy Convent, which is a 3 storey period listed building generally of cut stone external finish under a timber pitched slate covered roof with single glazed timber sliding sash windows throughout. The adjoining oratory was also part of the former convent and was fully refurbished and renovated as the bar area for the hotel. On the southern side of the building, a modern 3 storey extension comprising of approximately 30 rooms was constructed as well a small conference/function facility and bar area at ground floor level. There are 39 bedrooms, reception, restaurant, bars, and banqueting facilities. The hotel is no longer in operation and is currently vacant (it was closed in January 2012).


 The 38 double bedrooms and one single bedroom extends to approx. 3,173 sqm (34,139 sqft). The bar seats approximately 100 persons and this is situated in the former chapel, which retains many of its original features. There is a small private dining room adjoining the bar and a separate small kitchen. Restaurant facilities were provided for seating approximately 80 persons and the function room has capacity for approx. 180 with dedicated bar, toilets, and dance floor. There are also some smaller meeting rooms and residents lounges which all form part of the former Carlton Abbey Hotel.

The building is in need of considerable refurbishment.


The property is situated in an area that is zoned town centre under the Athy town development plan 2012 – 2019



Planning Permission was originally granted for the development in February 2004 Planning ref: 03/300029



Part freehold / part long leasehold. 


Joint Agent:

Viewing is by appointment only. Please call the joint agent to arrange a viewing:

Conway Auctioneers

Conway Auctioneers
Claregate St, Kildare, Kildare

John Conway - tel: 045 522622 | email:






St. Stephen’s Green House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

JP Flynn | tel: 01 638 2700 | email:

Viewing Details

By special appointment with the sole letting agent, Lisney.

BER Details

BER No. 800315582
Energy Performance Indicator: 800315582 kWh/m2/yr

Contact Details

Address: St Stephen's Green House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353-1-638 2700 or you can also email us at

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1. These particulars do not constitute any part of an offer or contract.

2. All statements contained in these particulars as to this property are made without responsibility on the part of the Agents or the Vendor/Lessor and none of the statements contained in these particulars as to this property are to be relied on as statements or representations of fact.

3. The particulars, various plans, photographs, dimensions, references to condition and permissions for use and occupation  are given in good faith and are believed to be correct but their accuracy is not guaranteed and any intending Purchasers or Tenants shall satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to correctness of each of them. No omission, accidental error or misdescription shall be ground for a claim for compensation or for the rescission of the contract by either the Vendor/Lessor or the Purchaser/Tenant.

  4. Neither the Vendor/Lessor nor Lisney nor any person in their employment has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to the property. 5. Prices are quoted exclusive of VAT (unless otherwise stated) and all negotiations are conducted on the basis that the Purchaser/Tenant shall be liable for any VAT arising on the transaction. PSRA No. 001848.

Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.