Farm Ireland

Friday 23 March 2018

A back garden along the wild Atlantic way

The 28ac residential holding at Carney, Co Sligo has sea frontage.
The 28ac residential holding at Carney, Co Sligo has sea frontage.
Brian Mulrooney
Cottage for sale at Carney, Co Sligo

JIm O'Brien

The ancestral home of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has come on the market by private treaty. The coastal residential farm on 28ac is located at Castlegrange, Ardtermon, Co Sligo and is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €645,000.

Located 8.5km from Carney, 9.5km from Grange and 18km from Sligo town the farm is in a magnificent location that sweeps down to the sea in an area dominated by Benbulben and Knocknarea, the final resting place of Queen Maeve.

It is also in the heart of Yeats country and on the now world famous Wild Atlantic Way.

The house has been in the family for many generations and some years ago an Irish genealogy firm identified the property as the ancestral home of Brian Mulroney former Prime Minister of Canada. The politician has visted the homestead located in Ardtermon, which means high safe place in English.

The farm has direct access to the beach via an old stile and farm gate that lead to a good stretch of sea frontage.

The land is in one block all in grass and stretches from the public road down to the sea with frontage on to both.

The cottage has been impeccably restored with all modern conveniences and insulation and yet remains true to its origins and provenance.


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The holding is approached by a short avenue leading to a forecourt at the front of the farmhouse.

The accommodation includes a spacious sitting room with a wood burning stove, a bright kitchen with fitted units and a folding breakfast bar. There are three bright spacious bedrooms and two shower/bathrooms.

To the side of the property is a garage and at the back there are two sheds in good condition, which are ideal for many uses.

The land extending to 28.8ac is all in grass and laid out in one block with natural boundaries.

The soil is fertile and sandy with drainage down to the sea and, according to Aideen Gilsenan of Ganly Walters, is particularly suitable for grazing but could be used for all types of farming.

There is access to a fresh water stream on the southern side and water from the private well is available to stock on the land.

Ms Gilsenan describes it as a wonderful property.

"It incorporates a traditional farmhouse in a magnificent setting with breath-taking sea views and direct access to the beach," she says, adding it will be suitable as a family home or as a holiday home.

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