Shannonside potential in large Limerick holding
It needs some remedial work, but this large holding in Limerick has great potential
Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30
It's a fine but hardy April morning when Newport auctioneer James Lee arrives to show me around one of the more substantial farms to come on the market in Co Limerick for some time.
The 106ac residential farm at Grange between the Shannonside city and Kilmallock comes with a guide price of €750,000 or about €7,000/ac and it's for sale by private treaty.
Located 15km from the city the farm is 4km from Fedamore, and 9km from Bruff. This countryside is home to some great dairyland and some of the most productive holdings in the county are located here.
An elegant cut-stone gateway leads to the farm and we drive on a long hard-core passage to the farmyard and the house located at the centre of the holding.
The ground to the right of the passageway is higher, good grazing ground while some of the land to the left tends to slope away to somewhat heavier territory with tufts of rushes.
The house and yards are at the centre of the farm and to the back of the residence are a number of good fields on a crown of land and some fields that might be more suitable for summer grazing.
A field at the entrance and fronting the R512 Limerick to Kilmallock road has decent site potential, conditional on the necessary planning permissions.
The ground throughout is very firm underfoot at the moment and while I wore wellingtons during the visit I did not need them.
However we have enjoyed a long dry spell of late.
This is a good farm but it does need attention. Laid out in about 10 fields separated by traditional hedgerow the ground is poached in places and the hedges need trimming and tidying.
Nevertheless with some remedial works it has the potential to be a fine piece of ground and the €7,000/ac price tag is certainly not overestimating its value.
The yard is made up of a range of traditional buildings set in a courtyard beside the house.
These include two old cow byres with stalls, two calf houses and a long, stone shed suitable for machinery storage and stabling.
To the side of the courtyard is a three-column haybarn with a substantial three-column lean-to in good condition.
The house is a solid, traditional two-storey farmhouse extending to 1,670sqft. In need of extensive refurbishment and modernisation the accommodation includes an entrance hall, a sitting room, living room, kitchen/dining room, three bedrooms and a bathroom.
Around the house, what was once the garden is in need of tidying and attention and there is also a haggard behind the sheds that is somewhat overgrown - nothing a few hours with a hedge-trimmer and a strimmer wouldn't sort out.
James Lee is expecting a lot of interest in the farm. "It is in a good farming area, there are lots of active farmers around and with a bit of attention this place has great potential," the auctioneer said.