'Nationwide interest' in Kildare holding
"The finest farm to come on the market in this area in a long time," is a phrase much used and abused by auctioneers. However, there are places that justify such outbreaks of enthusiasm and Clonkeen at Carbury, Co Kildare is one of them.
It is surely one of the finest farms to come on the market in a long time. It includes a solid 19th century house in fine condition, a yard with an impressive range of buildings and facilities and 382ac. Some 280ac are top class grazing ground, with the remainder made up of forestry and decent summer grazing. It is to be sold at auction with a guide of €3m.
The signs and portents prior to my visiting the place last week were not good. The night before was one of the wildest and wettest so far this year.
Given the weather and the terrain I was concerned I might need waders rather than wellingtons to walk the land. How wrong I was. Driving up the avenue to the house I am greeted by the sight of firm, green fields, neatly fenced with little sign of lodged water and all the signs of good ground and good husbandry.
The property is located a few minutes from Carbury and the Co Offaly town of Edenderry and runs down to the Grand Canal. The subject of an executor sale, the farm was owned by a Leitrim man who purchased it about 20 years ago and while he farmed it from a distance he did so with great care and no little amount of investment or attention.
The house, although not lived in for all these years, has been heated and looked after like any inhabited dwelling house.
A solid two-storey structure, it was re-roofed and fitted with double glazed PVC windows in 2005.
The accommodation includes a sitting room, dining room, a utility and a kitchen with fitted units and a four-oven, oil-fired AGA cooker.