Bargains to be had in Co Roscommon

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

It isn't every day you can buy 88ac of land, a farmyard and two excellent houses for €800,000. A property for sale by private treaty at Cloondaharra, near Castlerea in Co Roscommon, comes with a price tag that makes all that possible.

Paul Lafferty, of James Cleary & Sons Auctioneers, is selling a farm that includes a renovated house, along with a traditional farmyard and 88ac of land including a modern, fully furnished, four-bedroom bungalow. The property can be bought in lots or as an entire for €800,000.

According to Mr Lafferty, the 19th century farmhouse has been extended, reroofed and refurbished to a high standard.

It has four bedrooms, a bathroom, a sitting room and a kitchen/dining area with vinyl and carpet throughout.

The house is on well-maintained grounds, bounded by mature trees and shrubbery.

There is a range of outbuildings with the property, including a four-bay hayshed/ machinery shed, a cow barn, storage shed, meal shed, turf shed and a concrete slab for silage.

Mr Lafferty said the 88.5ac farm was formerly a thriving dairy farm and has a fully equipped, if dated, milking parlour. He describes 50ac of the land near the house as fine grazing ground, while a 15ac piece, which is not quite as good, and 22ac of low lying land are in need of attention.

He points out that the holding has been farmed under REPS for the past number of years and is in pristine condition with good quality fencing.

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The property also comes with the option to buy a 1,750 sq ft modern, four-bedroom bungalow with full contents.

This bungalow is fully finished to a high standard with timber floors, tiling and carpeting throughout. The interior decor is of designer standard, with a contemporary black and white colour scheme.

The bungalow is set on a 0.5ac site with mature trees, surrounded by a post-and-rail fence with a kerbed gravel driveway and exterior lighting.

The property can be sold in several lots -- for example, the house and 50ac is available for offers in excess of ¤300,000.

It may be possible to buy the bungalow on its site of 0.5ac and the property can be looked at in a variety of combinations, depending on the needs of the customer and the commercial integrity of the units involved.

Overall, this property represents extraordinary value and, according to Mr Lafferty, it has great potential.

"This could be turned into a great organic dairy farm. It offers two homes and three different parcels of land," he said.

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