Laois gem with some historic ties
A guide price of €570,000 or €8,000/ac is being quoted for a 71ac farm which has just come on the market at Lowhill near Ballinakill, Co Laois.
However, Loughill House and lands are on the black and amber side of the county boundary in this border region between Kilkenny and Laois.
It's overcast and windy as I turn in the farm gate, a lovely traditionally crafted piece of ironmongery in bright red. The avenue leading to the house and yard has two fine fields at either side and the entrance to the yard itself is through an old stone arch.
Eamon Healy, a nephew of the late owner, explains that the house and yard is built on the site of a barracks, a building thought to have been destroyed by Cromwell, along with a stone church on the lands.
Indeed, one of the roads adjacent to the farm is known as Cromwell's road.
After tea, another nephew, Seamus Healy, takes me on a tour of the traditional two-storey farmhouse.
The dwelling, which extends to 1,487 sq ft, is in reasonably good condition and comes with PVC windows and central heating.
The accommodation includes an entrance hall, kitchen, utility, sitting room, dining room and a bathroom, while upstairs there are three bedrooms.