Friday 30 September 2016

Classic country residence and 100ac for well under a million

Jim O'Brien braved the December storms to walk a grand old property in Co Roscommon

Published 09/12/2015 | 02:30

There has been considerable local and outside interest in Laragh House and farm in Co Roscommon
There has been considerable local and outside interest in Laragh House and farm in Co Roscommon
Stone built sheds at Laragh House, Co Roscommon
The entrance avenue to Laragh House, Co Roscommon

It is one of the worst days of the year as I make my way north through the midlands to Roscommon. Even the best of land looks the worse for wear as the first day of December unleashes driving rain and wind on the countryside.

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Roscommon town is thankfully in the Christmas spirit with carols playing on a tannoy and free parking everywhere. I abandon my chariot in the square and make my way to auctioneer John Earley's offices.

The auctioneer and his staff are busy on the phones and at the counter. "There's lots of stuff moving but for small money," he explains as we walk to his car. We drive past a block of office and retail space that was sold recently for the price of a semi detached house in a blue-collar area of Dublin.

"The main buyers of land and farms are coming from the UK," he tells me as we head out of town towards Castlerea. "If I didn't have the sterling buyers for the land I wouldn't be selling many farms."

Our destination is Laragh House which stands on 101ac located 2.4km from Ballymoe, 3.6km from Ballintubber, 22km from Roscommon and 9km from Castlerea.

The main house is a three-storey residence dating back over 300 years. "We can sell the place in a variety of lots," says Mr Earley as we stop to look at the farmyard. "We can sell the entire, the house and sheds on 10 or 20ac or the house on its own without the sheds." The entire is guided at €850,000.

The land is located all around the dwelling and runs down to the Laragh River. It comprises a crown of decent grazing ground and some low lying ground that is clearly subject to seasonal flooding in some places. Given the recent weather, the land is soft, as one would expect but overall most of it is decent grazing land. The fencing is in neat and tidy hedgerow and the farm is divided into a number of manageable fields.

The main portion of the land extending to 89.6ac is near the house while a portion of 11.9ac is across the road in one division with decent road frontage.

Much of the road frontage adjacent to the main section is in woodland and not in the ownership of the vendors.

Farmyard

The farmyard on the property has a number of useful buildings including a four bay slatted cubicle shed with 21 cubicles, a three bay machinery shed, a lovely old stone-built lofted barn, a general storage shed, a silage slab, a slurry tank, a cattle crush and pen.

The main house stands stark and solid with little in the way of gardens but it is full of character. It will require a lot of investment, though, to bring it back to its former glory. The accommodation includes a porch, hallway, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, shower room, store room and scullery. The first floor has three bedrooms, one of which has an ensuite shower room while the third floor has three bedrooms. To the rear is an annexe that Mr Earley explains was part of an earlier dwelling that stood on the spot.

The house still has many of its original features such as plasterwork, coving and timber window shuttering.

The property is being offered in its entirety with a guide of €850,000.

The house on 89.6ac can be sold separately as can the 11.9ac located across the road. Mr Earley is also considering selling the house and 10ac with a guide of €250,000 and the remaining 91ac for €540,000 or €5,000/ac.

"I have no doubt it will be sold - there is local interest in the land and outside interest in the house," he said.

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