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Classic Kildare property with a windfall due

It's almost a case of money growing on trees with this 91ac holding in the Lilywhite county

Jim O'Brien

Published 16/12/2015 | 02:30

Kilglass House is an 18th century farmhouse standing on 91ac near Carbury; 60ac is in forestry with a forestry expert estimating that this will produce an income of €490,000 between thinning and the final clearfell.
Kilglass House is an 18th century farmhouse standing on 91ac near Carbury; 60ac is in forestry with a forestry expert estimating that this will produce an income of €490,000 between thinning and the final clearfell.
Kilglass House -18th century farmhouse

Kilglass House is a lovely 18th century farmhouse that has all the charm of that period. The property would look as much at home anywhere in rural England as it does near Carbury in Co Kildare.

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The property includes the house, a gate lodge, yards and lands extending to 91ac in grass and forestry. It is for sale by private treaty and Goffs Country are looking for offers in excess of €900,000 for the holding.

Located in the townsland of Kilglass the farm is 6km from Carbury, 12km from Enfield and 14km from Edenderry. It is also within striking distance of the capital thanks to the vastly improved road linking Enfield and Edenderry.

The charming, cut-stone house was renovated in the early 1990s.

The ivy clad front of the two storey dwelling is in the classic style of its day with five 12 paned windows across the first floor and two similar window at either side of the front door on the ground floor.

According to Richard Brophy of Goffs Country the residence is in fine condition.

The accommodation includes seven bedrooms, a dressing room, four bathrooms, a kitchen and two reception rooms. There is a small annex to the side of the house.

To the rear of the residence is a beautiful walled garden with a perfectly preserved wall.

The ground within is all in grass and returning it to its garden glory would make a lovely project.

The entrance to the property takes the shape of an elegant, cut-stone, bowed gateway with iron railings at either side while just inside is a gate lodge with accommodation that includes a bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. The lodge is currently rented.

Fodder

The farmyard with the property is quite substantial and while the sheds are not slatted they are good, useful structures in excellent condition. Included is a spacious, six column 'A'-roofed open shed ideal for fodder storage or could be divided into holding pens or bedded pens.

Adjacent is a six column, enclosed round roofed shed with lean-tos at either side with a full length extension to one of the lean-tos facing an outdoor feeding passage.

There is also a stabling area that includes 12 loose boxes and a range of cut stone single storey buildings.

The land is divided between forestry and grazing with 31ac in grass and 60ac in forestry.

The 31ac in grass is made up of heavier type ground, to be expected given the general topography of the area, but according to Mr Brophy, it is good productive grassland.

The forestry is primarily in Norwegian Spruce with some ash, larch and alder.

Planted in 1991 the second thinning has just taken place while the final thinning due is to take place in four to five years from now.

A forestry expert has estimated that the thinning and clearfell income between now and the end of the forestry life will produce an income of around €490,000.

Mr Brophy describes the property as an ideal country holding within shouting distance of Dublin.

"It would be perfect as a part time farm and has an income ready made from the forestry. The new road from Enfield makes it very commutable to Dublin," he said.

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