Strong midlands farm guided at €790,000
Mile Tree House farm near Birr goes to auction next month
A misty morning last week took me to Birr in Co Offaly. It was school time along the N52 and passing through a string of towns and villages the place was alive with bunches of children being marshalled by trotting parents as they made their way to the local academy.
The quickest way to a journalist's pen is through his stomach so John and Marie Ryan fed me a hearty breakfast before I was taken on a tour of some fine farming property the midlands auctioneer is bringing to the auction room.
Our first stop was Mile Tree House a fine, modern five bedroom house about 2km on the Crinkill side of Birr. It comes with a series of traditional sheds on 79ac of good ground, much of it in stubble.
It is expected to achieve in the region of €790,000 when it comes to auction.
The house replaces an original dwelling that stood here before 1799. The old dwelling was unusual in that it was a two storey, thatched farmhouse. The current house is owned by the Horan family and the farm is the subject of an executor sale.
"There are records of Horans living and farming land in the vicinity as early as 1761," John Ryan explains.
The house has an 18th century aspect to it in terms of layout and design and indeed the gates and the railings around the residence are of that vintage.
Laid out in lovely spacious rooms the place is in good condition.