In the days of old, farmyard fowl such as hens, ducks, and geese delivered a constant supply of eggs and meat to the rural household. Now in these cash-strapped times, they are being called upon again to provide much-needed nourishment.
A former pet farm at Raheen, Abbeyleix, Co Laois, which has a five-bedroom house on five acres and extensive outbuildings, should be an attractive property for anyone who wants to keep a few chickens or several small animals. Indeed, it would be suitable as an equestrian facility, with its extensive sheds and 400m perimeter walk.
With easy access to the N7 and N8, the property includes a refurbished 1,660ft2 cottage in excellent condition. Accommodation includes a reception area, sitting room, dining room, five bedrooms -- one en-suite -- and three bathrooms.
The outbuildings include several sheds on an area of 6,000ft2 and laid out in 8-10 stables on extensive concrete yards.
In its former life, the holding was a public pet farm, which explains the presence of a coffee shop/canteen as part of the range of outbuildings.
Portlaoise-based auctioneer Patrick Lillis is selling the holding by private treaty and has recommended a guide price of €450,000.