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Saturday 22 October 2016

Wicklow character

This impressive residential farm in the heart of Wicklow is on the market for €1million, writes Jim O'Brien

Published 04/11/2015 | 02:30

A 19th century residence and 88ac for sale at Ballinaclash, Co Wicklow
A 19th century residence and 88ac for sale at Ballinaclash, Co Wicklow
The outbuildings include a traditional-style courtyard along with a range of modern sheds and farm facilities.
The farmland at Ballinaclash is laid out in 12 good-sized divisions

An 88ac Wicklow farm with a grand old-world feel to it has come on the market and is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of over €1m.

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Located at Ballinaclash, Ballyknockan Upper in the Garden County, the holding is 3.5km from Rathdrum, 11.5km from Aughrim and 57km from Dublin.

The property includes a two-storey period residence, a lovely stone courtyard with great character, a more modern farmyard and good grazing ground with extensive road frontage.

The period residence is set on an elevated site with fine views. Approached through a granite entrance a tree-lined avenue leads to the house, a dwelling typical of the houses built by the more well-to-do middle class farmers in the 19th century.

Auctioneer Paul Doyle dates this particular house to pre-famine times to the 1820s or 1830s.

Extending to 1,474sq ft the house is in need of extensive modernisation. The accommodation includes a hall, sitting room, dining room, store, study, kitchen, utility, pantry, a bathroom and three bedrooms.

The stone courtyard to the rear of the house is a beautiful feature of the property and with the benefit of a designer's eye could be transformed into a rural tourism venture or some such enterprise.

Coach house

The buildings include a coach house, lofted stores, stables, a calf house and a cow house. More modern structures on the property include a five-column haybarn and a six-column haybarn with two six span lean-tos.

Mr Doyle describes the land as good grazing ground that is all in good heart aside from 10ac that need attention.

"It is laid out in 12 good-sized divisions that are well sheltered and well fenced. There are spectacular views from the farm and it has great road frontage," he said.

For sale by private treaty the holding is offered in three lots with the house and yard on 13ac guided at €410,000 while the remaining 75ac is guided at €9,000/ac.

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