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Expect a clamour for Kilcock stud farm

The Kildare/Meath border is home to some of the finest stud farms in the country; and, indeed, some would suggest that the area has some of the finest stud farms in the world.

With this reputation in mind, there is likely to be national and international interest in the private treaty sale of Gallow Paddocks, a 176ac residential stud farm at Kilcock, Co Meath.

A guide price of €3m is being quoted for the property, which is located beside Kilcock Golf Course and the famous Ferrans Stud. The property is 4km from Kilcock and from the M4 motorway.

The land is described as the best of grazing ground and is in great heart having been grazed of late by sheep and cattle.

The entire farm is laid out in 20 stud-railed paddocks and enjoys substantial road frontage to the front and back.

The main residence on the property is a two-storey, three-bedroom manager's house. Another two-storey dwelling provides staff accommodation. Both buildings are structurally sound but in need of considerable refurbishment.

The farm is serviced by two yards containing 49 stables.

Like the dwelling houses, the stables are in good shape structurally but in need of some cosmetic refurbishment.

Aside from the stable accommodation the equestrian facilities are somewhat on the light side, with no lunging areas, walkers or gallops.

"The farm was a breeding and rearing farm, it never had need of the facilities associated with breaking and training," explained Andrew Nolan of Goffs.

However, Mr Nolan believes the holding has tremendous potential to accommodate the broad range of stud farm activities, including breeding, breaking and training.

"The location is fantastic for an equestrian property, situated adjacent to Ferrans Stud and other reputable stud farms," Mr Nolan said.

The property is also within striking distance of The Curragh, Punchestown, Fairyhouse, Leopardstown and the RDS.

Mr Nolan thinks there might be some non-equestrian interest in the property from neighbouring livestock farmers.

BALLYMAGARVEY

Meanwhile, Goffs Country, along with joint agents Dillon Auctioneers, Dunshaughlin, are handling the sale of a 56ac tillage farm at Ballymagarvey, Balrath, Co Meath. It will be sold at auction with a guide of €12,000/ac.

Located near Balrath, just off the N2, the farm includes a yard with a slatted unit that has accommodation for 40 cattle, and a haybarn with two lean-to sheds.

The land is in tillage and grass, with 35ac under tillage and 21ac in grass. Described as the best of Meath ground, it enjoys good road frontage, excellent access and should generate a lot of interest among local farmers.

The property will be sold by auction at Goffs, Kill, Co Kildare at 3pm on Friday, June 14.

Irish Independent