Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Former airfield on 240ac near Brittas Bay for sale

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A large 240ac coastal farm at Ardanairy, Brittas in Co Wicklow that served as an airfield and a tillage farm is for sale by auction with a guide price of €1.309m.

The place was on the private treaty market until recently.

Located 3km from Junction 19 off the M11 motorway at Jack White’s Cross, the farm is 15km from Wicklow town, 11km from Arklow and 40km from Gorey.

The holding is bisected by the R750, giving it extensive frontage on two sides.

Adjoining the European Golf Course, the 240ac was put together by a developer with plans to build a hotel, golf resort and self-catering accommodation on the property.

In a previous existence the farm hosted an airfield, and the one-time hangar is now used for livestock housing and fodder storage.

The building is located on a 109ac section nearest the sea that also has extensive road frontage onto the R750.

The section is laid out in eight fields that could do with some TLC and good husbandry but with great potential.

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Located a few hundred metres from Brittas Bay, this 109ac portion runs down to a seashore characterised by small coves and little inlets.

As a separate lot it is guided at €654,000 or €6,000/ac. The larger 131ac on the western side of the R750 will also be offered as a separate lot.

Further away from the sea, this portion was once under tillage but is now “mainly in rough grazing”, as described by Paddy Jordan of selling agents Jordan auctioneers.

While it contains some low-lying ground the majority of the 131ac is elevated ground about 50m over sea level. The elevated land was home to tillage and grazing, while the lower portion is part of an SAC and SPA and a pNHA (proposed Natural Heritage Area).

The 131ac section also contains the remnants of a dwelling house along with a small range of stone outbuildings and some cattle-handling facilities.

It is guided pre-auction at €655,000 or €5,000/ac.

Paddy Jordan believes the land has potential to be dramatically improved with proper management.

“It represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a large land holding in one or two blocks at an affordable price,” he said.

The farm will be sold at auction at the Glenview Hotel, Delgany at 3pm on Thursday, November 2.

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