Farm Ireland

Monday 23 October 2017

Affordable holdings in the Royal County

The property at Kilkeelan in Athboy
The property at Kilkeelan in Athboy
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The rain was falling in bucketfuls as I left the Midwest and headed northeast for the plains of Co Meath. Once I passed Tullamore clouds cleared and things looked more promising. My first stop was a lovely 50ac residential farm at Kilkeelan near Athboy.

The farm has been rented for a number of years and while the house needs extensive renovation the place is a nice attractive property coming with a guide price of between €380,000 and €400,000.

Located 2km from Athboy and 14km from Trim the property has road frontage on to the Athboy to Clonmellon road and on the Athboy to Oldcastle road. Overall the holding comprises a bungalow residence a farmyard with a range of outbuildings and 50ac of good grazing ground.

The house needs a lot of work but has some interesting features like bay windows on the reception rooms and some decorative plasterwork. The accommodation includes two reception rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and three bedrooms. The remains of a lovely traditional garden lie to the front of the house with a variety of shrubs and beds.

The main yard is in a traditional courtyard format to the rear of the house and includes a range of storage sheds and a garage. The haggard adjacent to the house has a three column walled haybarn with a large lean-to and to the side of the haybarn is a cattle crush. Further behind the main yard is a more modern four-span cubicle shed adjacent to a silage pit accommodation for over 30 cattle. There is also a derelict residence and out offices.

The land is laid out in about eight fields and is divided by good natural hedgerow, some of which could do with a bit of tidying. It is good, fertile grazing ground that is mainly dry apart from about an acre or so that could do with some drainage.

Selling agent Thomas Potterton of REA Potterton says the property has been let for a number of years and the house has not been lived in for some time. It will be sold by public auction and will be offered in lots and as an entire with one lot made up of the house and yard on 27ac and the other is made 23ac with the derelict house and out offices.

The auction takes place at The Property Exchange, Trim at 3pm on Wednesday. October 7.

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After leaving Athboy the next port of call was Scurlogstown near Trim, the one-time capital of Norman Ireland. Here we came to an old Land Commission farm with a two-storey farmhouse and sheds on 43ac. The property is coming to auction with a guide price of €560,000.

Located on the Dublin road over 2km from Trim and almost 5km from Kilmessan the property is over 40km from Dublin. A 3ac parcel is locate across the road from the main farm and will be offered as a separate lot.

The main farm is alltogether in one block and has about 125m of road frontage. The house is a traditional two-storey farmhouse in need of modernisation and includes a sitting room, kitchen and three bedrooms.

The farmyard to the rear of the house has a number of traditional storage sheds including cow byres and poultry sheds along with a three bay haybarn with a lean-to and cattle handling facilities.

Originally a 26ac Land Commission farm from the 1930s the property was extended by 17ac over the years.

It is laid out in four fine fields that are all dry except for a small area on either side of a drain that could do with cleaning. The later addition consists of a fine level field in great condition. The fencing takes the form of rich traditional hedgerow.

At auction the house and yards on 40ac will be offered as one lot with a guide of €12,500/ac while the 3ac parcel at the other side of the road comes with a guide of between €50,000 and €60,000.

The auction will be held at the Property Exchange, Trim at 3pm on Wednesday, September 30.

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