Kilkenny land can be hard to come by but when it makes its way to the market there are plenty of potential customers for it.
Lively local and outside interest is expected for the upcoming auction of 150ac of prime land at the heart of the county. The residential farm is coming for sale with a guide price of €1.5m or €10,000/ac.
I met auctioneer Ed Donohoe in the Marble City and we travelled 22km east through Gowran and almost to the Carlow border where the 150ac holding bounds Mount Loftus Estate in townlands that bask in the place names such as Pollagh, Tinnacouse and Tomnahaw in the parish of Skeoghvosteen.
In the heart of this country is Pollagh House Farm on some powerful, elevated ground.
As we drove along the Goresbridge to Graiguenamanagh road I was surprised when Ed Donohue slowed down suddenly and wheeled his SUV into a field. Given the recent wet conditions one surely wouldn't chance going off-road except with a tractor. We need not have had any fears.
The fields we entered had no problem accommodating the vehicle and we drove around the green sward without leaving a mark on the sod.
We cross the road to the main parcel of 90ac that rises to a lovely elevation and again has a fine sward of green grass as well as some lovely stands of trees.
There are excellent views over to Brandon Hill, the highest point in the county. This main lot includes the house and yard.
The house, located at the end of a short avenue leading from a by-road, is a solid 19th century structure, refurbished in 1990, with a lovely orchard garden to the front.
The building has great character with some interesting internal brick and masonry features.
The accommodation includes a sitting room, dining room, a kitchen with fitted wall units, three bedrooms and a bathroom.
The yard is a mix of mainly dated buildings including a number of cut-stone sheds incorporating eight functional stables.
A large complex of corrugated iron and steel sheds includes a six-span hay barn with lean-to, a three-span barn with a lean-to and a five-span A-roofed barn. Cattle handling facilities come with a 52' cattle crush.
Part of the land takes the shape of a long and narrow tail that has some frontage onto the Goresbridge/Graiguenamanagh road. This 14ac portion is laid out in three fields that are inclined to be soft with rushy ground.
A 37ac portion located across the by-road from the main section would make a fine standalone hobby farm.
Bounding the walled garden of the adjacent Mount Loftus House, this parcel of elevated ground is a lovely part of the farm with the best views and plenty of road frontage.
The farm can be bought in four lots or as an entire lot and comes to auction at The Clubhouse Hotel, Kilkenny, at 3pm on Friday, June 1.