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Landmark Waterford farm is guided at €2.8million

Sisters of Bon Sauveur are selling Carriglea farm after a century of working the land

Jim O'Brien

Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30

The Sisters of Bon Saveur are selling Carriglea farm in Co Waterford
The Sisters of Bon Saveur are selling Carriglea farm in Co Waterford

Carriglea in west Waterford is a 207ac farm that must rank one of the best in the country.

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Owned by the Sisters of Bon Sauveur since 1904 when they bought the Odell farm and turned it into Carriglea, a place of transformation for people with intellectual disabilities. The farm is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €2.8m or €12,000/ac.

Located 5km from Dungarvan the holding consists of 207ac in tillage and grassland, an extensive range of farm buildings and an accumulation of Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements for 2015 of €24,429.41.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Sauveur came from Caen in Normandy to the Odell estate in 1904. They established what is now known as Carriglea Cáirde Services to help persons with intellectual disabilities. As part of their mission they managed, developed and nurtured the farm to exacting standards with enterprises spanning dairy, beef, pigs, sheep, poultry and tillage.

In recent years the farm business has been confined to beef, sheep and tillage and while the work at Carriglea Cáirde Services continues, the Sisters have decided to retire from farming.

Their decision has placed 207ac of the most prized land in Co Waterford on the market in a farm that will draw attention from progressive farmers across all sectors.

Opportunity

According to selling agent Brian Gleeson, Carriglea provides the opportunity for a new owner to establish a vibrant and successful farming enterprise in the tillage, dairy or equine sectors.

Located 5km from Dungarvan, the 207ac estate is made up of 105ac in winter wheat, 20ac in spring wheat and spring barley while 85ac are in permanent pasture.

The arable crop yields from the farm are in the top 10pc of Irish target values. The land is in perfect order laid out in large fields that are well fenced and easily accessible.

Mr Gleeson says this is an extremely productive farm on limestone lowland with quality brown earth soil. The soil is of excellent structure, friability and is free- draining.

The estate is home to an extensive range of farm buildings catering mainly for dairy farming and to provide working facilities for staff engaged in the maintenance works associated with the upkeep of the adjoining Bon Sauveur care facility.

The buildings are arranged in traditional courtyard style and include animal sheds, cubicle sheds, associated slatted tanks and machinery sheds.

Mr Gleeson describes the sale as "once in a lifetime opportunity. It is a parcel of land for the next generation, it is land you do not want to miss."

The farm can be bought in one or more lots.

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