Huge 217ac farm hits the market in Tipperary with a €2m price tag
There are some substantial farms coming on the market at the moment and foremost among them is a 217ac residential farm, Fortwilliam, at Borrisoleigh in Co Tipperary. It comes to auction with a guide of €2m and can be bought in its entirety or in lots.
The sun is splitting the stones as I make my way from Nenagh to Borrisoleigh to visit Fortwilliam.
The blue and gold is already fluttering proudly from post, pillar and pier as the Premier county readies itself for the heat and heady days of championship hurling.
Borrisoleigh auctioneer, Tom Ryan, is my guide as we head out from the village to view this grand old estate that is set on the finest of Tipperary ground.
Within a kilometre of the town we come to the bounds of the land and after another 800m we are still driving along the outer edges of the farm. Fine stands of beech trees mark the boundary broken by a number of entrances to the farm and the farmyard.
A side entrance takes us directly into the old courtyard and the house. This is a huge mansion with an amazing history. Owned by the Cooke family it once had an estate covering a huge swathe of the surrounding countryside, in its day it was the local 'Big House'.
The last surviving members of the family, a brother and sister, passed away in recent years and now the place is subject of an executor sale.
The house, an early Georgian construction was somewhat damaged by fire in the 1920s.