There are times you come on a farm that has it all; great land, excellent buildings, a fine farmhouse and potential for a second income stream.
Glenview, a 137ac residential farm with extensive farm buildings, extensive road frontage and a self-catering mews has everything. Located at Ballingarry, Co Tipperary and fronting the N52 between Borrisokane and Birr the farm is coming to auction with a guide price of €1.75m.
The property is accessed by two stone entrances, one leading to the house and the other to the yard.
The entrance to the house opens to a lovely tree-lined avenue that in turn brings you to the fine traditional, two-storey farmhouse with a two-storey extension to the rear. The entire house was renovated in 2009. The place is in turn-key condition and as snug as you could wish for.
The accommodation includes a tiled entrance hall with a cosy sitting room to the left with wooden floor and French doors leading to a patio area. To the right is a dining room/playroom with a solid fuel stove.
At the rear is a lovely spacious farmhouse kitchen with tiled floor, fully fitted units and a Stanley oil-fired cooker.
The downstairs accommodation also includes a utility room and an under-stairs guest WC. Upstairs are four bedrooms and the family bathroom.
Adjacent to the house is a stone farm building completely renovated into a mews in 2006. Accessed by a small entrance hall the main room is a high-ceilinged space with a brick-built chimneybreast.
The space is currently used as a gym but with small investment in a kitchen unit it could be transformed into a kitchen/dining/living area.
A second room is used as an office while the downstairs also includes a bedroom and a spacious fully finished bathroom. A mezzanine floor contains another bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.
The mews is finished to a very high standard and would be ideal for staff accommodation or as rural tourism accommodation.
The farmyards are amazing - all three of them. It would take a chapter to describe the array of buildings, all finished to the highest specification.
The housing is suitable for livestock or tillage operations and no expense has been spared.
The first yard, or stable-yard, includes a three-bay shed housing two stables and a loose calf shed.
Beside this is a modern lean-to style building used as a fuel shed and utility space. Measuring 45ft x 30ft it is large enough to house a small service enterprise.
Across the yard is another modern shed with two stables a WC and storage space.
A double round roof shed measuring 65ft x 55ft separates the stable-yard from the grain yard. With sliding doors and a feeding passage that provides access between the yards the space is made for loose cattle accommodation.
The grain-yard is state-of-the-art with a massive A-roofed shed with 8ft concrete walls all round and is suitable for grain storage and machinery storage.
The central part of the A-roofed shed measures 80ft x 50ft and can comfortably house the largest of modern grain harvesters.
To one side is a 80ft x 35ft lean to with two sections completely insulated and fitted with roller shutter doors and at the other side is another 80ft x 35ft lean-to also fully insulated and with roller shutter doors.
One of the spaces was used for the air-controlled storage of potatoes and the other housed the potato grading operation.
Testament to the self contained nature of the farm the yard also has a 50-tonne weighbridge with an office, along with a chemical store and a 60,000ltr water storage tank for spraying.
Behind the grain-yard is the cattle or stockyard with accommodation for 160 cattle. The range of modern facilities includes two slatted sheds measuring 80ft x 40ft and 40ft by 30ft respectively.
Both have slatted and creep areas while the larger shed has mats fitted. There is also a 60ft x 22ft loose shed with an open air slatted tank to one side.
Other facilities include an extensive holding pen with crush, a 10-tonne meal bin, a sand arena and a sheep dipping pool.
The land is all in one block with 1km of road frontage on to the N52 and access to a country road to the rear.
Serviced by hardcore internal roadways, it is a powerful stretch of undulating ground with top class fencing for cattle and sheep.
It is all firm, dry, fertile land located in the best of North Tipp farming territory.
There are some lovely stands of old trees dotted throughout the farm along with two groves of woodland, one extending to 5ac of hardwoods and the other an old 2.5ac Beech plantation.
Up to 65ac of the land is in tillage with 64.5ac in grass while 7.5ac is in woodlands.
Loughrea based selling agent Ger O'Toole says the farm was almost entirely in tillage at one point, like most of the land in the surrounding area but with the decline in tillage income the focus was switched to grass based enterprises.
"Without a shadow of a doubt you can say that this land is suitable for any farming enterprise," Mr O'Toole said.
As I left he was busy erecting signs along the boundary fence on the N52 alerting passers-by on their way to the ploughing to the presence of this fine farm of ground.
It will be sold at auction at the County Arms Hotel, Birr at 3pm on Thursday, November 9.
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