A 'unique' farm in the Garden County
Jim O'Brien walks a holding that combines tillage, grazing and forestry on 125 acres of prime Wicklow land
The late summer weather has made it a great time for walking land. During the week I took myself to Co Wicklow to see a 125ac non-residential farm at Rathsallagh and Oldcourt between Dunlavin and Grangecon.
The property includes tillage, grazing and forestry and comes to auction with a guide price of €850,000.
I meet auctioneer Paddy Jordan in Newbridge and the drive through Kilcullen and on to Dunlavin takes us through some of the most salubrious horse country in the world. We pass New Abbey Stud, the 520ac estate of Prince Khalid Abdullah and soon after we drive by the Aga Khan's properties at Sallymount Stud and Gilltown Stud extending to 800ac. As we pass an immaculate long dry stone wall Mr Jordan tells me that behind the wall lies Castlemartin, the once prized home of Tony O'Reilly and now owned by US billionaire, John Malone.
At Dunlavin we head for Grangecon and about 2km out the road we come to the road frontage of the farm. 'This is a unique place," says Mr Jordan. "It combines grazing, tillage and forestry, but it isn't planting land."
He explains that the owner planted the broadleaf forestry simply for shelter.
As we make our way along a hardcore driveway through a belt of young ash and oak it is obvious the ground is not your typical planting land.
The passageway opens to a fine elevated field that is grazed to the board by a number of horses that come over and quietly nuzzle their way into our company.