€1million plus tag for 'some of the finest land in Ireland'
It was a fine March morning in Co Meath when I went to walk a lovely 94ac residential farm at Piercetown, Fordstown. The farm with a spacious four bedroom bungalow, a yard and the best of land is to be sold at auction with a guide of €1.1m.
Located 3km from Kells just off the R164 Athboy road the farm has plenty of road frontage on to a side road and on to the main road.
The land is some of the finest you will walk anywhere in Ireland and is laid out in a series of sizeable fields divided with neat whitethorn hedging. Currently under a generous swath of grass the fields are in the main elevated and naturally draining. There is private water to every paddock and some fine stands of beech trees near the dwelling.
Walking the land with Stephen Barry of Raymond Potterton auctioneers he waxes lyrical about the quality of the ground and its fertility, it is hard to disagree with him. The ground is firm under foot and is none the worse for wear after the poor spring.
The residence, built in 1999, is a substantial four-bedroom bungalow in top class condition accessed from a separate entrance through electric gates. The accommodation includes an entrance hall, two reception rooms, one with a bay window, a marble fireplace and ornate coving and another with maple flooring. Double doors lead from the second reception room to a sunroom that is beautifully finished with a conical lofted wooden ceiling with velux windows. The kitchen is fully fitted with units in oak.
There are four bedrooms one of which has ensuite facilities, a family bathroom and a guest WC. The attic space is converted on one side for walk-in storage and on the other it stretches out into a spacious games room. The house has some lovely features throughout including high ceilings, ornate plasterwork and a high quality finish. A car garage is located adjacent to the house.
The yard comprises of buildings old and new. Among the more modern facilities is a six-bay slatted shed with accommodation for up to 100 animals. The building is finished to the highest of standards with rubber-coated slats, access to automatic drinkers in all the links and external agitation points for slurry.
The shed also contains a cattle pen and cattle crush and there is the option to feed the stock from both sides of the cattle accommodation.