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Friday 20 October 2017

200 acre Kildare farm for sale with €2.75m price tag

Guide price of €2.75m for 205ac 'blank canvas' in Kildare with potential for a fine equestrian holding

This farm at Clonaghlis has a disused all-weather gallop which would easily be restored
This farm at Clonaghlis has a disused all-weather gallop which would easily be restored
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

'This is a tillage farmer's dream," declares Paddy Jordan as we arrive at the gate of a 205ac farm near Straffan in Co Kildare.

Located at Clonaghlis, ­beside the village of Ardclough, and not far from the K Club, this substantial grass farm is 3km from Straffan, 4km from Celbridge, 4km from Kill, and 4km from the M7. Bordering the Lyons estate, the farm has road frontage on to the Ardclough to Celbridge road. It is to be sold by public auction with a guide of €2.75m or €13,000/ac.

The property is all in one block and set among some strong farming country. Accessed through a lovely stone gateway, an internal roadway leads to an old farmyard with a series of traditional stone buildings, a derelict and overgrown period house and some more modern farm buildings including a double round-roofed shed in two columns.

The land is the thing as it sweeps from high, dry and elevated ground down to the Grand Canal. It is all currently in grass and laid out in six smaller fields with lovely stands of trees. There is a cosy tree-enclosed paddock beside the road while a range of broadleaf trees are contained in a copse near the entrance and stretched out along the boundary.

The place is very well fenced with high-quality fencing at either side of a stream that feeds the land, and good sheep fencing around the fields nearer the house. A disused all-weather gallop runs through the farm and climbs to the higher reaches of the elevated ground. Although not used for years, it would be relatively easy to restore to provide a fine challenging gallop.

Access

This farm is undoubtedly suitable for a range of farming purposes. "It's a blank canvass," says Paddy Jordan, "it could be ploughed and tilled, it has no high ditches, easy access and the place isn't lumbered with expensive housing."

Equally, the farm could be turned into a dairy operation. The land could be easily divided into grazing paddocks while the gallop would covert into an internal roadway. However, the place would need some investment in terms of milking infrastructure and cattle accommodation.

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Alternatively, given its location, it would undoubtedly suit anyone in the equestrian business - and with some investment in housing and facilities, it has the makings of a fine equestrian holding.

Whatever the use to which it is put, this 205ac land holding is not just a good farm in terms of land quality and size, it is the ultimate in terms of that key component that adds value to every perch of ground - location.

The holding will be sold at public auction at the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth on Wednesday, June 28 at 3pm.


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