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Thursday 14 December 2017

Family estate of 841ac on market

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The arrival on the market of 841ac of Kildare land and three period houses has bucked the trend of smaller parcels dominating the market so far this year.

The holdings have been the property of the Robinson family for over 300 years and are being sold by Michael and Louis Robinson, whose preference is to sell the property as an entire to one buyer, but will offer the place in 11 lots if no single buyer has been found when it comes to auction on July 11.

No guide price has been given by selling agents Campion Property Consultants, but land sales in the general area realise prices that range from €8,000/ac for larger farms with up to €15,000/ac paid for smaller parcels.

The property consists of three separate farms -- Clonkeeran, Knockcor and Kilglass -- with sizeable period houses located just 5km from each other, between Broadford, Carbury and Moyvalley in north Kildare close to the Meath and Offaly borders.

Clonkeeran

The largest of the three farms, at 485ac, comes with Clonkeeran house at Carbury. Some 276ac are currently in spring barley, with another 100ac under grass. A further 24.7ac is in forestry that includes broad leaves, sitka spruce and mixed ash, while 71.6ac is in coppice willow for biomass production in a crop that is due for first harvest next year. Water and drainage is provided by the Sweep river.

Clonkeeran House is a large manor residence with panoramic views over the estate and a tree-lined driveway.

Ready to move in to, it has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, sitting room, dining room, utility room and kitchen.

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The yard is a traditional farmyard that includes loose horseboxes, a loft, hay barn and cattle pens. In the event of a single buyer not emerging, Clonkeeran will be sold in three lots with the house and 240ac south of the Sweep river making up one lot while 245ac north of the river makes up another with the last lot made up of the entire.

Knockcor

Knockcor House comes with 264ac and comprises good quality, level ground currently in tillage. The property is located close to Maynooth, Kilcock, Clane and the M4 motorway.

Unlike the other two houses being sold in this sale, Knockcor is in need of renovation. The house's original layout comprises five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two sitting rooms, kitchen and dining room.

The Knockcor land includes 111ac of forestry located at the base of the hill from which the farm takes its name.

Planted in late 2006 and early 2007 the forestry is a mixture of Norwegian spruce, sitka spruce, ash, alder, oak and beech commanding an annual premium of approximately €22,000 per annum.

The hill itself is all in grass and is home to a quarry with a substantial deposit of stone aggregate, suitable for road and building construction.

Outbuildings with the house include original loose horseboxes, a four-bay hayshed and a barn, pump house and a well.

The farm will be sold in lots with one lot consisting of the 111ac of forestry. A second lot will include Knockcor House and 150ac while the third lot will include the entire with the house extending to 264ac. A smaller parcel of 3ac situated across the road will be sold separately.

Kilglass

Kilglass House is the largest house but it comes with a smaller amount of land at 92ac. The lands still have the ruins of an old flax mill, built by George Tyrell in 1817.

The property is approached by a long avenue that leads from cast-iron gates and ends in a forecourt surrounded by trees.

The early 18th century house is a six-bedroom, substantial home that is currently inhabited and ready to move into.

Outbuildings and other buildings include 12 horse boxes in the stable yard, a mews house with two bedrooms in the 1.25ac house yard and a gate lodge adjacent to the entrance.

The lands are laid out with 61ac in grazing ground and 31ac in forestry populated with Norwegian spruce, ash and alder. First thinnings were extracted last year and another harvest is due in approximately five to six years time.

Kilglass will be sold in a number of lots with one lot consisting of the house and the entire lands extending to 92ac.

The house and yard on 61ac will comprise another while a third will consist of the forestry extending to 31ac and a final lot consisting of the gate lodge.

Clonkeeran, Knockcor and Kilglass will be sold at The Auction Rooms, 31/32 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2 at 3pm on Wednesday, July 11.

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