Farm Ireland

Friday 15 December 2017

Traditional style in Offaly - thatched cottage on 39ac hits the market

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The auction season in Laois and Offaly commences in the next few weeks with the sale of a number of properties by Portarlington-based auctioneer Matt Dunne.

The auctions include the executor sale of a 39ac residential farm in a variety of dispersed lots at Ballymorris, Portarlington. The land forms the estate of the late Tommy McDonnell.

The farm is all in grass with some fields within easy reach of Portarlington. The residential part of the holding includes a four-bedroom bungalow rented for the last 10 years. The house and an adjacent garage are set on 1.5ac. This is guided at €110,000.

A 4.8ac grass field with extensive road frontage adjoins the first lot and comes with a guide of €25,000 while another 4.23ac with road frontage and lane frontage is also guided at €25,000. A 3.3ac field known as Kearney’s Lough, located five minutes walk from the town, is guided at €25,000.

The original farmyard including a three-span hayshed with lean-to, cattle handling and wintering facilities is on 17.7ac with 300m of road frontage. It will be offered with a guide of €160,000.

A final portion made up of 8ac of scrubland fronting the Barrow is for sale by private treaty.

The auction takes place at the Gandon Inn, Emo, Co Laois at 3pm on Tuesday, March 28.

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Mr Dunne is also handling the sale of a renovated thatched cottage on 39ac located at Killellery, Geashill, Co Offaly, 13km from Tullamore.

The cottage is in turn-key condition having been fully restored by its current owner, a renowned tradesman.

While remaining true to tradition, the house  has many modern features. The old fireplaces are intact along with the tongue-and-groove ceilings.

The house comes with four acres in two fields and forms a separate lot guided at €99,000.

A 13ac parcel of grazing ground guided at €80,000 is laid out in three fields and makes up a second lot. It adjoins the house and four acres.

The most substantial portion of ground is a 22ac parcel of grazing located on Killellery lane running beside the railway line.

This is guided at €115,000, making the guide for the entire €294,000.

The property will also be offered for sale at the Gandon Inn, Emo,  Co Laois at 3pm on Wednesday, March 29.

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