A FORMER Denbighshire country estate and asylum has gone up for sale on the market for a price of £1.5 million.

Pool Parc, near Ruthin, dates back to the 16th Century when it was home to the Salesbury family.

The site originated as a medieval deer park to the nearby Ruthin Castle.

The present house and its associated buildings were laid out between 1826 and 1829 for the second Lord Bagot and designed by architect John Buckler.

In 1937, the house became a convalescent home and subsequently a psychiatric hospital. The property and indeed the site have been vacant since the mid-1990's.

Pool Park is a substantial country residence of historical importance and represents a very early and accomplished example of this revival style and is a Grade II* listed building.

The property has previously been on the market for £2.5m but is now available for £1.5m through Jackson-Stops estate agents.

According to the agent; "The building now requires renovation but there remains plenty of original character and it is clear that the original build was to a high standard including deep mullioned windows, plaster moulded ceilings, period fireplaces, doors and architraves, and of particular note is the fine staircase with carved oak balusters."

Jackson-Stops has also listed six potential uses for the site.

Planning permission previously granted for Care Home and village including consent for circa 57,000 sq.ft. of enabling development.

Substantial residential dwelling

Holiday complex with lodges/glamping

Residential development site

Country house hotel

Commercial use / company HQ