To own a house by the sea is the dream of many, but to own 204ac of good land with a Georgian house and a modern farmyard located a few hundred yards from the seashore is surely an attractive prospect for any farmer.
Blackditch House and farm, situated on the edge of Newcastle village in Co Wicklow, is exactly such a property and is on the market by private treaty with a guide price of €3.75m or €18,400/ac.
Located just off the N11 beside Newcastle, the farm is a mixed tillage and grass holding with extensive farming facilities.
The house, a solid Georgian residence, is set in an enclosed and sheltered garden with many shrubs and mature trees.
Extending to 2,698 sq ft, the house maintains many of its original features such as marble fireplaces, decorative cornicing and sash windows. While in good condition at the moment, the house may need some refurbishment.
The accommodation includes an entrance hall, drawing room, sitting room, study, kitchen/breakfast room utility room and cloakroom. The upstairs has four good-sized bedrooms, two of which are ensuite.
There is additional accommodation in the courtyard that includes a groom's apartment with an entrance hall, open plan kitchen, sitting room, a bedroom and a bathroom.
The property has a number of yards. Immediately to the rear of the house is an enclosed stone courtyard with a variety of stores, stables and staff accommodation. This was refurbished by the previous owners and is described by Celia Lamb of selling agents Ganly Walters as in top condition.
The main farmyard has an array of buildings and facilities including, several haysheds, two covered silage pits, two slurry tanks, a number of slatted sheds and lean-tos.
The lands extend to approximately 204.75ac and are in one block around the house and yards. The ground is described by Ms Lamb as of excellent quality currently in a mixture of tillage and grass.
The holding is laid out in a range of fields with plenty of shelter and mature hedging. According to the auctioneer, given its proximity to the sea, it has an extended grazing and growing season.
The farm is serviced by a central roadway and has frontage onto three roads. Other features include 4.78ac of natural habitat between the railway line and the shore.
Part of the farm is zoned under the Wicklow County Council Newcastle Town Plan 2010-2016.
7.4ac is earmarked for residential low density development, two acres are intended for community and educational use, and 6.8ac is zoned for enterprise and employment.