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Sunday 21 October 2018

Dapper gent appears from the wings to nab Meath farm for a cool million

The 67ac residential farm near Navan sold for €1.02
The 67ac residential farm near Navan sold for €1.02
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Land is continuing to sell well with good prices being achieved under the hammer and outside of the auction room.

Craystown House, a 67ac residential farm at Bective, Navan in Co Meath sold as an entirety for €1.02m.

In a dramatic sale the auction had stalled at the selling of the lots only to see 'a dapper gentleman' come from behind to bid on the entire.

Craystown is built to an American design and was once the Irish base for US industrialist Charlie Bird III.

The uniquely designed house has plenty of spacious reception rooms and three ensuite bedrooms.

Set on mature landscaped gardens the property also includes a renovated Victorian cottage with two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

The outbuildings include a stableyard with eight loose boxes, a feed store and a tack room.

Other facilities include an exercise arena and a four column haybarn.

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The land is the best of ground in one block of 67ac, with 7ac in amenity forestry.

At auction the house on 2.26ac opened at €450,000 and was bid to €500,000 where it held while the Victorian cottage on 64.17ac was bid to €440,000 and held at that.

Just as the auctioneer was about to retire to consult with the vendors a bidder from the back of the room made an offer of €1.01m on the entire.

Another customer joined the fray and the hammer fell at €1.02m.


Staying in Co Meath a neo Georgian House on 28ac failed to sell as an entire but a 17ac portion of the land sold under the hammer of Coonan Auctioneers for €265,000 or almost €15,600/ac.

Situated 2km off the M3 Motorway at exit 5 the house and lands are 5.8km from Dunshaughlin, 9.9km from Clonee and 25km from Dublin.

Built to classic Georgian design in 1990 the accommodation in Brook house includes a sitting room, dining room, a utility, a fully fitted kitchen, an office a cloakroom and a full height basement that is home to a games room, an office, a garage and a possible bedroom.

The lands are all in grass with road frontage on to the Dublin Batterstown road and on to a lane.

The house on 11ac was bid to €850,000 and negotiations are on-going with the highest bidder.

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