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Saturday 23 September 2017

Behind the scenes of one of the most expensive farms on the market at the moment

An aerial view of Aghade Lodge near Tullow in Co Carlow
An aerial view of Aghade Lodge near Tullow in Co Carlow
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Aghade Lodge near Tullow in Co Carlow is one of the more elegant properties on the market at the moment.

The house is on 202ac of tillage and pasture ground and can be bought in its entirety or in parcels that include the house on 8.8ac or on 40ac.

The guide price for the entire is €3.7m while the house on 40ac is guided at €1.4m or on 8.8ac at a guide of €925,000.

The sale is being handled by David Ashmore of Sotheby's, who describes the place as an excellent property with a fine house and four courtyard apartments surrounded by a top-class arable farmland with 2.25km of river frontage on to the rivers Dereen and Slaney.

The River Slaney runs through the estate
The River Slaney runs through the estate

The residence is a late 19th century structure extending to 5,000sq ft. It was the home of the O'Grady Roche family and most recently belonged to the Richardson family.

The estate is on an excellent site with the Slaney River running close to the residence and forms the major natural feature of the holding. Included in the sale is an island in the Slaney.

Accessed through a stone entrance, an old tree-lined avenue leads to the house with another entrance leading to the farmyard.

The house is accessed through a small porch. The ground-floor accommodation includes a porch, drawing room, library, dining room, cloakroom with WC, kitchen, family room, laundry room and WC. The reception rooms have many of the original features including high ceilings and windows, decorative plasterwork, wide floorboards, original shutters and panelled doors.

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The drawing room is centred around a marvellous carved chimney piece while a bow window affords great river views. The kitchen is laid out and decorated as a country kitchen in a space that was formerly the butler's pantry.

It is fitted with wooden units and at its heart is the Aga cooker. Near the kitchen is found a cosy family room.

A landing lit by a glazed atrium leads to the upstairs accommodation, which includes six bedrooms, two bathrooms, two shower rooms, a separate WC and a linen room. Like the drawing room, the master bedroom has a bow window with river views while another bedroom overlooks the walled garden.

According to David Ashmore at Sotheby's, the house is well presented and in good condition throughout.

Out of doors to the rear and the side of the house is a courtyard containing a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom apartment. A further courtyard has two more apartments with two bedrooms and three bedrooms respectively.

The walled garden is lawned and it still has the outline of a tennis court. The space could also be returned to its original use and transformed into a productive kitchen garden.

The farmyard is made up of a range of modern and older buildings, many in good condition including a number of round-roof sheds with lean-to accommodation, a five-column open shed and extensive spaces for livestock and machinery storage. A paddock adjacent to the upper courtyard opens to a range of stone buildings that could be suitable for stabling or as a garage or workshop.

Tillage

What will be of interest to farmers locally and further afield in this sale is the land. The place is home to a 202ac, working farm that includes a tillage and a livestock enterprise.

The lands near the river are mainly in pasture, less fertile in nature than the tillage portion and characterised by stone walls and smaller fields.

The tillage land is the best of Carlow ground and serviced by a farm roadway giving easy access to the various fields. This portion has been well managed with timely rotation between crops and grass to maintain fertility.

While the preference would be to sell the place in its entirety, it can be bought in a number of configurations. As a working 202ac farm with a good house, and the possibility of some rural tourism revenue from the apartments, it makes for a very attractive package. However, there are many who would welcome the opportunity to buy the house on 8.8ac, or on 40ac as a private residence, or for its tourism and leisure potential.

Mr Ashmore says the vendors are open to varying the sizes of the smaller lots.


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