Huge 240ac Wicklow farm comes on the market
About 50m above sea level, farm is fit for the plough
Maybe it's age and then again maybe it's just nostalgia but I find myself, more and more avoiding the motorways. Much lauded as the only worthwhile legacy of the Celtic Tiger, these industrial carriageways are just that; soulless and eminently utilitarian.
I have taken to the back-roads; to the N-this and the R-that, even resorting occasionally to the L-something-or-other. Last week my travels took me from my home in the midwest to Brittas Bay on the Wicklow coast where a lovely 240ac coastal farm is on the private treaty market.
I left the M7 at Newbridge and headed east across the plains of the Curragh through the manicured stud farms of Kildare and into the hill country of Wicklow through the Wicklow Gap. Autumn was parading herself in all her beauty as trees divested themselves of their leaves in a mix of flurries and torrents.
The verdant hills and dales of the Kildare border gave way to the bare and beautiful expanse of Wicklow mountain ground between Hollywood and Glendalough. The Spartan landscape showed all the signs of snuggling down for the winter.
When I arrived at Brittas Bay the car parks were locked and deserted, the beachballs, buckets and shovels that hung outside the seaside shops were replaced by the witches, wands and ghouls of Halloween.
I found the gateway to the 240ac farm at Ardinairy, Brittas and stood with my back against the car listening to the gentle murmur of the sea just a field away.
Auctioneer Brian Clarke arrived in a hurry, as all auctioneers do. We shook hands and climbed a five-bar gate, leading to the seaside portion of the holding. Stretching to 109ac, this parcel has plenty of coastline and 600m of road frontage on to the R750 linking Brittas Bay and Arklow.
This part of the property adjoins the European Golf Course, an exclusive club that boasts only 50 members and regards itself as among the top golf courses in Europe, if not the world.