Lakeside farm with sweeping views over Lough Derg guided at €2.25m
The day before the weather broke, I crossed the bridge at Killaloe and travelled to the other side of Lough Derg to see a 125ac lakeside residential farm. Looking forward to my task, I knew it was a perfect day to see such a place and I was right. I wasn't disappointed with the land, the view or the house.
My journey took me to the other side of Nenagh to Puckaun. After negotiating about five kilometres of by-roads, I came to a long avenue that took me through the finest of land to the edge of Lough Derg and to Ceaparana, a beautiful house on 125ac of the best of ground.
With a guide of €2.245m the place can be bought as an entire or in lots or in a combination of the lots. The house on 21ac is guided at €995,000, the 103ac of remaining ground is guided at €1.25m. This latter can be subdivided into an 89ac parcel of ground and a 14ac piece.
The house is an extraordinary building. Extending to 9,418sqft, it was built in 1994 by a Swiss engineer and though not an aesthetic masterpiece from the outside, it incorporates the best in Alpine construction while remaining sympathetic to its surroundings. Its design and situation ensure that it makes the most of the views of the lake and its proximity to the water.
The accommodation is laid out over a basement, a ground floor and a dormer floor. The living accommodation is accessed through a spacious entrance hall leading to an open-plan ground floor laid out over a series of interconnected rooms that include a dining area, a kitchen, a breakfast room and a sunroom. The sunroom has sliding glass panels that can be pulled back to create a patio. There are two bedrooms on this floor with a shared bathroom. There is also a guest WC, an office and a pantry.
The basement is home to a games room, a gym and sauna, a bedroom and a self-contained two-bedroom apartment. Upstairs, there is a family bathroom and five enormous bedrooms, of which four are ensuite. A double garage is part of the house and other buildings include a deepwater boathouse.
The owners bought the place in 2004, and in the last 10 years the land has been let to a neighbouring farmer who has looked after it very well. Both the land and the location are superb; the ground is elevated and dry with very little waste. There is extensive shoreline on to Lough Derg, and the space between the land and the shore is sheltered by a belt of mature trees. The 125 acres is in one block of gently undulating fields that are in great heart and capable of being turned to any enterprise, tillage, fodder, grazing or equestrian.
A long hardcore avenue meanders throughout the fields making it ideal as a dairy operation. There's a combination of electric fences and traditional hedgerow, some of which could do with tidying. There are few enough farm buildings aside from a haybarn, lean-to and a stone shed. There is also a walled garden with a derelict gardener's cottage close to St David's, the original house associated with the land.