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Monday 20 November 2017

8 farms you might want to consider buying if you won the lotto

Actually, you might need the Euro millions for some of these farms

The Grianan Estate is situated at Speenoge, Burt, Co Donegal.
The Grianan Estate is situated at Speenoge, Burt, Co Donegal.
FarmIreland Team

FarmIreland Team

We've dug out a few farms for you if you plan on winning the Lotto this year!

First up is an Grianan Estate and Organic Farm (above) near Burt, Co Donegal. With a guide price of €17m this 2,400ac farm has not sold, despite being on the market a few months.

Cited as the most important and largest agricultural estate and organic farm to come to the Irish market this century, the estate agents say.

The farm includes a vast expanse of prime fertile and productive land on the shores of Lough Swilly, prominently located on the North coast of Ireland, strategically situated between Letterkenny town and Derry city.

The immediate area is predominantly agricultural land offering an expanse of fields and beautiful countryside. The farm is approximately 120km from Belfast City Airport and 15km from Derry City Airport. Letterkenny Town is approximately 26km away.

The land itself comprises a farm of approximately 2,400ac to include arable and grazing land and the lake and foreshore. The farm is laid out in large easily accessible divisions currently in arable crops, vegetables and grass.

What makes this farm different is that it was reclaimed from the sea at the end of the 19th century and subsequently drawn into one estate by a Dr McDonald in the late 1950's. A sophisticated drainage system was installed at this time by a specialist Dutch firm. Its operation has been copied by other similarly located farms and works very well. The farm was further developed by two other parties until it came into the hands of the current owners.

Attached to the land is Inch Lake which is a lagoon cut out from Lough Swilly by embankments, and pinned between Inch Island and Grianán Estate. Grianan farm is largely reclaimed from the sea and water levels are carefully monitored and controlled by a well maintained pumping system. It is the largest farm to come to market in Ireland in over a decade.

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Mountainstown House, Navan

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Next up is Mountainstown House, with 120ac of parkland in Co. Meath that comes with an 11,883sq ft 18th Century Georgian mansion.

Mountainstown House is located in the heart of ‘Royal Meath', near the village of Castletown-Kilpatrick and just ten minutes from Navan.

The house is approached by two sweeping avenues both of which travel through the parkland before the first glimpse of the house and eventually arriving at the broad gravel forecourt.

In all, Mountainstown encompasses all the attributes one seeks when acquiring a country residence; from the sizable, well maintained house, extraordinary stable yard, gardens and auxiliary courtyards, walled garden and mature parkland.

The residence stands three floors over basement and includes four reception rooms, including a library, while the basement houses rooms such as the party room (formerly the Servant`s Hall), gym, billiard room, a garden sitting room which leads onto the sunken garden, a music room and a kitchen. There are seven bedrooms on the first floor and a further three on the second floor.

The estates boasts three separate yards, including 25 stables, coach houses,forge, tack rooms, large open span stone built barn. Price is on application.

Laughton House, Moneygall

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With an asking price of €2.75m, Laughton is one of Ireland's finest historic Georgian residences and gardens.

Just off the M7, outside the village of Moneygall, the three-storey over basement house was built in 1777. The house was purchased by James Reilly in 2002.

The property is available in its entirety or in two lots; the house with 87 acres and a separate lot of 70 acres.

The Black Islands, Longford

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If it's seclusion you're after, this could be an ideal purchase. The Black Islands are a unique archipelago of seven low-lying sheltered islands in the parish of Newtowncashel Co. Longford on a total area of  23.57 hectares, with an asking price of €750,000.

The largest island is the Kings Island (8 hectares) and was the only inhabited island consisting of three farm cottages, two of which are still intact, the other islands include: Nut Island, Sand Island, Long Island, Horse Island, Red Island and Girls Island with two further smaller islands.

The Black Islands are located on the western side of Lough Ree which is one of the lakes on the River Shannon and known as Mid Shannon. Lough Ree is 32 km long and lays claim to the geographical centre of Ireland.

The islands are accessed via boat from two harbours nearby, the closest is Portanure to the east side near Newtowncashel and on the western side you have Carrownure harbour/slipway.

Hagerman, Chaves County, New Mexico

One of the largest ranches in New Mexico, of 102,385 hectares (that's 250,000 acres) is currently for sale with a price tag of $18.5m (€17.6m).

The historic Turkey Track Ranch, once owned by Cap Mossman, the famous lawman, has been under one family ownership for over 70 years.

According to the estate agents, the ranch is situated in three southeastern New Mexico counties and encompasses over 253,000 acres.

The ranch extends from the Pecos River Valley on the ranch’s western boundary for over 40 miles to above the “Caprock Escarpment” in Lea County.

The ranch is operated from a headquarters located above the Caprock in Lea County and two additional cow camps all complete with living facilities and working pens. The pasture design includes 13 larger pastures and numerous smaller pastures and traps. Livestock water is provided by approximately 30 serviceable wells and miles of buried pipeline.

Chateau in Periguex, Dordogne, Aquitaine

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If it's better weather and the French lifestyle you're looking for, this chateau at just over €15m might be for you.

The chateau has 25 bedrooms and six bathrooms and has been in the same family since the early 12th Century.

It sits on 530 hectares of land, comprising 200 hectares of arable, with meadows, woodland and a lake, all described by the estate agent as in excellent  order.

There is also a newly constructed stable block, with 17 loose boxes.

Barnaby Farm, North Yorkshire

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Just over the water, in North Yorkshire, an estate on 540 acres, Barnby Farm, Bossall, is for sale with a guide price of £5m (€5.8m).

With 540 acres (218ha) in all, Barnby Farm is a ring-fenced arable farm, with a period farmhouse. The land is set in arable and grassland, described as clays and loams over mudstone, suitable for winter cereals and livestock rearing.

It has a mixed rotation of including Winter Wheat, Barley, Spring Barley and Oil Seed Rape. There is a further area of about 70 acres (28 ha) presently growing an energy crop. The rest, 40ac is in permanent pasture.

Kingstone Lisle Park Estate, UK

Kingstone Lisle House has a price tag of £17m (€20m) and includes a 13-bedroom house, swimming pool, tennis court and formal gardens and parkland.

The estate is about 257 acres in all, and has been part of a high pheasant shoot, with some partridge, while there is also stalking for muntjac, roe and fallow deer.

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