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557ac turn-key site on the market in Mayo is too good to Pass up

Mayo farm is set in the shadow of the Sheeffrey Mountains, writes Jim O'Brien

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The hill farm is situated along the Sheeffrey Pass through the Sheeffrey Mountains 20km from Westport

The hill farm is situated along the Sheeffrey Pass through the Sheeffrey Mountains 20km from Westport

The hill farm is situated along the Sheeffrey Pass through the Sheeffrey Mountains 20km from Westport

One of the most remarkable farms to come on the market is a 557ac hill farm in a spectacular setting along the Sheeffrey Pass through the Sheeffrey Mountains between Westport and Leenane in Mayo.

The holding comes to market with entitlements of €24,170 per annum and a guide price of €695,000.

Located at Barnderg, Drummin, the property is 20km from Westport. It is currently farmed and stocked with 225 sheep in a well fenced and well organised operation.

Described by selling agent Olivia Needham as an immaculate farm, the property is in one block of land. It is bounded by the River Erriff and the road from Drummin to Delphi bisects it at one point.

The area is of high natural beauty and amenity, and is home to one of Ireland's primary tourist trails between Drummin and Leenane. All the fields are serviced by good roadways and paths.

According to Ms Needham, while the gathering of sheep in some hill farms is a day's work involving a number of neighbours, this farmer was able to gather them in an hour or two on his own, such is the infrastructure of gathering places, pathways and pens.

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Home sweet home: The three-bedroom house is in immaculate condition

Home sweet home: The three-bedroom house is in immaculate condition

There is a range of neat, but dated, outhouses making up the yard that includes a series of stock-managing facilities along with dipping and holding facilities

The house is in immaculate condition, with accommodation that includes a sitting room, a kitchen/dining area, a bathroom and three bedrooms.

"This is a turn-key house," explains Ms Needham, "in fact, it is a turn-key farm in an area of high amenity.

"The upper fields can be accessed from the road that runs above the farm along the pass and the farm itself is mainly green hill land as distinct from more barren and brown hill land. It's a beautiful spacious place and took me eight hours to walk it.

"It is very unusual to get a holding of this size in Mayo that is all in one block and so well set up."

Interest in the holding is huge and the selling agent is getting calls from all over the world.

"One man called a few days ago and he wants to buy everything, including the sheep. He even asked if there was a sheepdog," she says.

The hill farm is situated along the Sheeffrey Pass through the Sheeffrey Mountains 20km from Westport

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