Saturday 1 October 2016

It's a knockout - 77ac grazing farm in Carlow

This 77ac walk-in tillage and grazing farm in Carlow has it all

Jim O’Brien

Published 08/06/2016 | 02:30

Knockclonagad House has been fully refurbished in recent years including the addition of a third floor.
Knockclonagad House has been fully refurbished in recent years including the addition of a third floor.
77ac with the house is laid out in 14 divisions with 40ac currently in corn.

Last Thursday I faced the car southeast and with the sun beating down from a cloudless sky, the country looked magnificent.

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The fields were alive with activity as mowers, harvesters and balers felled and wrapped the fodder for the winter. Indeed isn't it sort of ironic that these high summer pursuits are essentially a preparation for the depths of winter.

A stop on my journey brought me to a beautiful house and farm at the foot of Mount Leinster. The 77ac farm at Knockclonagad, Garryhill, Fenagh in Co Carlow was bought by the current owners in 1998 and has been carefully and tastefully refurbished inside and out.

The result is a genuine walk-in property for whoever is lucky enough to own it after the forthcoming auction. It will be offered in lots or as an entire with a guide price of €800,000.

Located 30 minutes south of Carlow and 15 minutes from the M9 intersection at Junction 5, the farm is approached by its own avenue through a lovely granite gateway. Stephen Barry of selling agents Raymond Potterton points out that there is great use of the local, natural granite throughout the farm, and indeed there is; in walls, piers, lintels and doorways, the granite glistens in the sunlight everywhere you turn.

The house is a three-storey construction. Originally in two storeys the current owners raised the roof to create the third floor while maintaining the original aspect of the house. In the course of their renovations the couple discovered some lovely granite stonework hidden behind paint and plasterboard. They proceeded to reveal all these hidden gems and the result is a genuinely rustic farmhouse with spacious rooms with all modern conveniences.

In terms of square footage this is a big house but there is a lovely intimate feel to the place. It is in mint condition with nothing to be done by any new owner aside from decorative bits to suit one's own taste.

The farmyard has a great array of buildings and again, all the old granite outhouses have been maintained and developed along with some fine modern structures. The yard is in three divisions with the first consisting of the original outhouses in a courtyard arrangement adjacent to the house. The granite sheds have been recently re-roofed and include two loose boxes. In the same courtyard is a long stone barn with secure steel doors currently used as a tool-shed and a workshop.

The main farmyard is made up of a five-column, round roofed shed with a four-column lean-to at one side and a three column lean-to at the other.

The sheds, which have concrete floors and concrete walls and are set on a concrete yard, are suitable for a range of uses from machinery storage to livestock housing or fodder storage.

The outhouses and farm buildings are in top condition and adaptable to a range of uses. Other facilities include a stud-railed, enclosed sand arena close to the yard and a four-column hay barn. The lands are made up of dry fertile ground that has been well looked after over the years and are in a mix of tillage and grass with 40ac in corn and the rest in a mix of reseeded ground and a small piece of old pasture. The farm is fenced with a mix of original hedgerow and stock-proof fencing suitable for sheep. The fields are well gated and in fact there are some lovely examples of local ironwork in the fencing, gates and doors throughout the farm.

The lands have decent road frontage on to the main Garryhill to Borris Road and on to a secondary road. Laid out in up to 14 divisions, there are 65ac around the house and a 12ac parcel across the road from the main entrance and both parcels have river frontage on to the Corries River.

Set in a fertile valley framed by the Blackstairs Mountains the farm has lovely views up to Mount Leinster and the surrounding countryside.

The place will be sold at auction and can be bought in lots or as an entire with the house on 65ac making up one lot and the 12ac piece making up the other. The auction will be held at the Step House Hotel, Borris, Co Carlow at 3pm on Wednesday, June 22. The sale is jointly handled by Raymond Potterton Auctioneers and Kearney Auctioneers, Bagenalstown.

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