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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Lakeside farm with sweeping views over Lough Derg guided at €2.25m

Ceaparana is a beautiful house and a beautiful farm in a beautiful place
Ceaparana is a beautiful house and a beautiful farm in a beautiful place
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

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.

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The farm can be bought as an entire or in a number of lots. A 14ac piece with good road frontage situated close to the entrance is an obvious parcel, the 21ac around the house is also a natural unit while the 89ac with the farmyard and the walled garden is the largest piece and includes 23ac of woodland.

There are two private houses with access, one shares access with Ceaparana and another has a right of way on the farm roadway. Ceaparana has a right of way by St David's house to land adjacent to the house - indeed there is a 40ac block at this section that could be made into a separate lot to include the walled garden.

Ceaparana is a beautiful house and a beautiful farm in a beautiful place. It is rarely you get top-class land in such an exquisite location and so close to a main thoroughfare. It is about 14km to the M7 at Nenagh. In its entire or in lots, it will be attractive to a range of customers including local farmers, a buyer looking to establish a tourism business or someone looking for a really salubrious private home.

The private treaty sale is handled by David Ashmore of Sotheby's.

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