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Famous Co Armagh bar and garden centre put up for sale

One of Co Armagh’s most renowned and historic public houses has been advertised for sale.

Longnancy’s Bar, on the Madden Road, Middletown, between Armagh and Keady, dates back to the 1800s.

It had been owned by the McKenna family – having passed through no less than five generations – up until the arrival of the new millennium.

It was badly damaged by fire in the 1950s before being rebuilt and renovated.

Nowadays it is a popular port of call and draws people from all over for the craic and banter.

It is described by CPS – the agent tasked with advertising the premises for sale – as a “substantial commercial asset”.

In addition to the bar, it also includes a residential property and the adjacent Garden Centre and Nursery, known as Patricia’s Village.

The agent, in marketing the property, states: “This attractive public house offers a large bar, separate lounge to include a pool table area. Externally the pub offers a large smoking area and private car parking to the side.

“This public house is sold with a full trading bar licence.

The residential property known as ‘Longnancy House’ consists of three bedrooms and two receptions, this property currently tenanted and achieving approximately £500 per calendar month, leaving this an ideal investment opportunity.

“The adjacent nursery currently trading as Patricias Village creates an additional business opportunity.”

It says recent planning approval has been granted for an “extensive recreational park”.

As Armagh I reported two years ago, approval was granted for an outdoor activity centre including walking trails and adventure activities all on site.

Among the features given the go-ahead were a climbing wall and zip-line, and the development would also incorporate a secure archery enclosure for visitors to try their hand at the sport.

Walking trails mapped out around the site and wildflower embankments were incorporated, and central to the overall development a new children’s play area and park and even a duck pond, picnic facilities and toilet provision.

The properties have been placed on the market on Tuesday.

No asking price has been given but interested parties are invited to contact CPS to arrange a private viewing by appointment only or to request further information.

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