Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 February 2018

A model holding

House and farm for sale at Killanne, Co Wexford
House and farm for sale at Killanne, Co Wexford

Wexford land is continuing to make big money and even though land prices elsewhere appear to be softening, they are holding firm in the sunny south east.

Auctioneer David Quinn is hoping for a good result as he brings a 63ac residential farm at Killanne near Enniscorthy to auction with a guide of €10,000/ac.

Located 2km from ­Killanne, the farm is 15km from Enniscorthy and 8km off the N30 at Clonroche. In a lovely part of west Wexford, the holding is in a strong agricultural area of fertile ground set in the shadow of the Blackstairs Mountains.

The farm was once a dairy farm but became a suckler operation for a number of years and in recent times it has been rented by a dairy farmer.

The original dairy infrastructure is still in place, including the milking parlour, the central roadways and well-fenced paddocks. Any purchaser wishing to covert it to dairy use would have little to do.

Most of the farm (55.5ac) is in one block with a 7.5ac piece situated across the road from the main holding with both sides enjoying plenty of road frontage. The farm is known locally as the 'Model Farm' and in its day hosted many farm walks.

The residence, a traditional stone storey built farmhouse with an upper floor, is set back 100m from the road. It was remodelled and extended with flat roof extensions over the years and is in good condition and well maintained. The accommodation includes an entrance hall, living room, sitting room, TV room, kitchen and three bedrooms, one of which has ensuite facilities.

The farmyard consists of a wide range of buildings including a two-span A-framed shed with a garage and storage area, a four-span round roof shed with a four-span lean-to, a three-span round roof shed with slatted accommodation and a central feeding passage. There is also an adjoining collecting yard, a holding pen with a slatted tank and a cattle crush along with another three-span round roofed shed with a three-span lean-to.

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Mr Quinn is expecting lively interest in the holding and may sell it as an entire or in lots with the main lot consisting of 39ac with the house and yards, another lot consists of a 7ac field and the last piece is a 16ac field with road frontage.

The place will be sold at auction at the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford at 3pm of Friday, September 30.

Good result

Mr Quinn will be heartened by an auction he held last week, which saw a 32ac tillage parcel at Knocknalour, Bunclody make €505,000 or €13,000/ac under the hammer. The farm is in three tillage fields with plenty of road frontage and located in a strong tillage area.

There was huge local interest, and at auction the place attracted three bidders when it opened with a substantial bid of €400,000. It moved slowly to €422,000 and was eventually put on the market at this price. The bidding took off again and the hammer finally fell at €505,000 when the place was bought by a local farming family.

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