Wednesday 28 September 2016

Wicklow farmer selling holdings on the double

Jim O'Brien

Published 17/06/2015 | 02:30

Auctioneer Stephen Barry of Raymond Potterton auctioneers describes the land at Crosscool Harbour, Blessington as a 'magnificent block of ground'.
Auctioneer Stephen Barry of Raymond Potterton auctioneers describes the land at Crosscool Harbour, Blessington as a 'magnificent block of ground'.
Green acres: The 69ac holding at Slate Quarries, Blessington is 'excellent grazing ground'.

Two farms belonging to a dairy farmer are coming on the market near Blessington, Co Wicklow.

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Both holdings are the property of the one man who is selling in order to consolidate his milking enterprise.

An 83.5ac farm at Crosscool Harbour, Blessington is being sold with a guide of €760,000 or over €9,000/ac.

A 69ac holding at Slate Quarries, Blessington is to be sold on the same day with a guide price of €370,000 or €5,300/ac.

The land at Crosscool Harbour is located on the R81 Dublin road out of Blessington. Stephen Barry of Raymond Potterton auctioneers described it as a magnificent block of ground, laid out in five good size divisions of quality grassland.

"The majority of the 83.5ac has been used by the current owner as highly productive silage ground," he explains.

A 51.5ac portion with access to the N81 is a mix of good grazing land to the front with rougher grazing ground to the rear.

The rougher ground has improved greatly in recent times thanks to drainage works carried out by the County Council. "It yields an absolute abundance of grass every year," says Mr Barry.

The final 32ac portion of the land is described as top class grazing ground with direct frontage on to the N81. All divisions are well fenced and have access to drinking water.

At auction the property will be offered in three lots with the 51.5ac mixed parcel making up one lot, with the 32ac of top quality ground making another, while the entire makes up the last lot.

The auction takes place on Tuesday, June 30 at 3pm at Lawlors Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare

Second farm

On the same day the second farm, a 69ac holding at Slate Quarries, overlooking the surrounding countryside and Blessington Lakes comes to auction with a guide price of €370,000.

Mr Barry describes this as a beautiful farm with breathtaking views in every direction.

While the place could be described as a hill farm, the auctioneer insists it is a warm sheltered, south-facing property.

"This is an extremely dry parcel of land made up of excellent grazing ground, with three of the fields regularly used for silage harvesting," he explains.

The lands have been well minded and successfully farmed by the current owners.

They are laid out in five main divisions and fenced to a high standard, with water provided by a private well.

The farm has access on to a public road and onto a farmers' pathway.

This property will also be auctioned at the same date and location.

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