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Saturday 3 December 2016

€1million plus tag for 'some of the finest land in Ireland'

Jim O'Brien

Published 06/04/2016 | 02:30

An aerial view of the 94ac residential holding at Fordstown, Co Meath.
An aerial view of the 94ac residential holding at Fordstown, Co Meath.

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.

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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.

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Adjoining the slatted shed is a 13m by 18m silage pit and next to that is a fully enclosed three-column haybarn.

Also included in the yard is a modern two-bay machinery shed, a traditional stone barn with a cattle crush and pen located outside and an old stone dwelling house with storage on two floors. There is also a stainless steel meal silo and a diesel tank.

This is undoubtedly a top class farm and will attract huge interest when it comes to auction at the Navan offices of Raymond Potterton at 3pm on Tuesday, April 26.

Trim tillage sale

On the same day Potterton auctioneers are handling the sale of a 44ac parcel of tillage ground at Kiltoome on the outskirts of Trim.

Set in a quiet cul-de-sac the farm is in two large divisions and currently under a crop of winter barley. The fields rise away from the road and are planted ditch-to-ditch with a generous crop that is greening beautifully.

The parcel, which has no independent source of water, is surrounded by mature boundaries with hardly any waste.

"As agricultural ground goes you can't get much better than this," Stephen Barry remarks. "But this is a highly prized residential area and the price of houses here is booming.

"A house built on this piece of ground would be exceptionally valuable."

The parcel is guided at €10,000/ac and will be sold at auction at the Raymond Potterton offices, Navan at 3pm on Tuesday, April 26.

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