Saturday 1 October 2016

A Wicklow idyll set on 133ac

Published 06/04/2016 | 02:30

The property stands on 133ac, including 80ac of forestry, near Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow.
The property stands on 133ac, including 80ac of forestry, near Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow.
A view of the main living room.

Houses with some land and located within commuting distance of the cities are becoming more prized as the property market recovers.

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People with a few bob, a love for the land and a need to keep the day job are seeking to combine business, pleasure and lifestyle around a comfortable home with a few acres. If it can generate its own income all the better.

A new word, 'rurban', has even been coined for these areas where the urban and rural landscapes cross over.

Wicklow has long been prized as the ideal location for the house and the few acres near Dublin. It has everything from seashore to mountains, wild country to husbanded and productive farmland.

A residential farm extending to 133ac at Callowhill, Newtownmountennedy, Co Wicklow ticks a lot of the 'rurban' boxes. Located within 35km of Dublin City Centre, 18km from Bray and 13km from Wicklow town, the holding includes a modern house, decent outhouses, 80ac of mature forestry and 53ac of parkland and grassland.

Set in beautiful countryside near Newtownmountkennedy the property has great views over the surrounding countryside and out to the Irish Sea. The place is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €1.55m.

The house is a big modern two storey house extending to 2,088sqft with panoramic views.

Well laid out and well finished the accommodation includes three double bedrooms and a family bathroom at the upper level, the master bedroom coming with ensuite facilities and a dressing room.

The downstairs accommodation is laid out in a series of bright spaces that include a fully equipped, modern kitchen, a sitting room, dining room and a sunroom.

Also on the ground floor is a fourth bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a space that is currently used as an office with its own entrance. Other facilities include a utility room and a guest WC.

To the rear of the residence is a stable yard accessed by a separate farm entrance from the main road.

The modern stable block includes up to six secure loose boxes in excellent condition along with a tack room and storage space for hay and straw. According to Paul Doyle of selling agents JP & M Doyle the facilities are maintained to the highest of standards.

The farm includes about 53ac of the finest of grazing lands that have been used for cattle, sheep and horses.

Some of the fields are fenced with post and rail fencing and there is superb access onto these lands from a number of different entrances.

The forestry extends to 80ac of Sitka Spruce planted around 1993 and while no longer drawing premiums the timber has real value. When fully mature in seven to 10 year's time it could realise anything from €5,000 to €9,000/ac, depending on the management of the crop.

According to Mr Doyle the property at Callowhill has tremendous potential and is suitable as a stand alone farm, equine business or as a part-time farm.

The sale is jointly handled by JP&M Doyle, Sherry FitzGerald Catherine O'Reilly and Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes.

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