Farm Ireland

Monday 11 December 2017

Midlands cracker: 65ac residential farm hits the market in the best of farming country

The guide price is €600,000
The guide price is €600,000
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

There are places that are almost perfect, places that have practically everything - good land decent housing and that x-factor, a place where you'd like to spend your days.

No place has it all but some places come close. This 65ac residential farm at Davidstown, Rathconrath in Co Westmeath is in that category and is one of the nicest farms I have set foot in. The property is to be sold at auction with a guide price of €600,000.

Located off the main road between Mullingar and Ballymahon the holding is located in the best of farming country. I visited the property with Padraic Murtagh of James L Murtagh auctioneers on a lovely spring afternoon. The fields all around were busy with tillage farmers getting the last of the spring work done.


Aside from a lovely elevated 5ac roadside field located about 500m from the main farm the place is all in one block and set around a three bedroom bungalow residence.

The house is in good condition with accommodation that includes a back kitchen, dining/living area, sitting room, five bedrooms and a front porch. It could do with some modernising touches but is essentially in good nick. Outside the place is a little bit of heaven.

The farm is located near Rathconrath, which is prime Westmeath farming country
The farm is located near Rathconrath, which is prime Westmeath farming country

As neat a farmyard as you could find is laid out in a series of cow byres and calf sheds that are spotless. The accommodation includes a three-column round roof shed with a lean to and an old two storey stone built grain-store.

While the sheds are not what one would expect in a modern farmyard, any new owner will surely leave them as they are and add to them. At the other side of the yard to the side of the house is a small orchard with young apple trees forming a lovely garden. Behind the sheds is a grove of trees giving great shelter.

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The land is the best of ground divided by a combination of well-maintained, picturesque stone walls with some traditional and modern gates along with neat, whitethorn hedging. The land rises to a height behind the house, giving great views of the surrounding countryside. The fields are covered in a fine sward of grass and the ground is firm under foot.

The holding would be the perfect starter farm, part-time farm or a fine addition to any existing enterprise. Padraic Murtagh is expecting wide interest in the sale. After I left the farm I crossed the border into neighbouring Longford to visit family.

When I told them I had come from walking a farm in Rathconrath they immediately responded, "Oh, Rathconrath, there's great land there." It's true for them.

The property will be sold at auction at the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar at 3pm on Friday, May 12.

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