Kerry gold - a farm near Tralee Bay with stunning sea views
Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30
North Kerry prides itself as one of the most progressive and productive farming areas in the country.
It is no idle boast as the home of Kerry Co-op and the Kerry Group has always punched above its weight in agricultural circles.
As a result land is like gold in this place and with plenty of Kerry shares around to drive up prices it is not surprising that a 145ac residential farm between Ardfert and Tralee is being guided by Eddie McQuinn of McQuinn Consulting at €2m or almost €14,000/ac.
Located on the coast at Béal Trá, Barrow 8km from Tralee and 5km from Ardfert the holding is bounded by Tralee Bay at Poll Gorm and has stunning views out over the sea.
Overland there are great views to the Slieve Mish Mountains. The farm was once three individual holdings and is now merged into one for the purposes of the sale.
It comes with extensive road frontage giving access to every part of the farm and while this makes it easy to divide into lots for the purposes of the sale the vendors and selling agents would have a preference to sell the place as an entire.
The farm has a rare combination of tillage ground, firm winter grazing ground and low ground with 40ac in stubble.
The place is renowned as great fattening and wintering ground thanks to the presence of a 20ac rocky parcel around a conical rock structure called Crosty Rock, a feature covered in grass with natural terracing that can be grazed all year round while providing shelter from the sea for wintering cattle.
"In terms of describing the farm," explains Eddie Quinn. "There are 20ac around Crosty Rock, there are 35ac of black tillage ground and 90ac of prime arable land."
While 40ac is currently in stubble up to 50ac were reseeded in the last few years while the remaining ground is in old pasture.
There is an excellent central farm roadway running through the farm, about 6.5m wide and made of limestone, it is as good as a main road, according to Mr McQuinn.
The fields are fenced with top of the range sheep wire along with electric mains. Water is piped underground from a private well to troughs at all parts of the farm.
There is one shed on the farm housing a new slatted unit. The building has an exceptionally high roof at 14ft to 15ft.
The owner built it to these specifications for ventilation purposes. The shed has space for 40 suckler cows and accommodates a creep area along with calving pens while outside there are the best of stock handling facilities and a silage base.
The dwelling house, which was lived in up to six months ago, is a three bedroom, two-storey hip-roof house set on an elevated part of the farm with great sea views out to Poll Gorm and over Tralee Bay.
The accommodation includes a sitting room, kitchen, scullery and bathroom with three bedrooms.
The property can be sold in a range of lots including a parcel of 15.5ac of tillage ground, a lot that includes the house on 3.5ac, a parcel of 9ac of tillage land and 8ac of softer ground that needs attention.
Another parcel includes the farm building on 56ac while two lots of 36ac and 17ac are accessed by a laneway.
Eddie McQuinn says there is much active interest in the lots and in the entire from neighbours and further afield.
Given its location in an area of high tourism value and natural amenity and situated near Tralee Golf Club it has attracted high interest and the farmers are not having the sale to themselves.
According to Mr McQuinn there are four keenly interested parties in the entire and, of the four, two are farmers while the others have business/tourism interests.
"It is the first time I have seen non-farmers back in the market for this kind of land in five or six years," said Mr McQuinn. "It is probably a sign of things to come."