Rich pickings in the midlands with 82ac residential farm
Period house and 82ac has a €1m-plus price tag
Regular readers of these pages will know that Laois holds a special place in my affections. I'm always happy to avail of an opportunity to return to the midland county and a trip down memory lane.
While house hunting in the land of the O'Moores some 18 years ago I was always attracted by that lovely placename, Shanahoe, from the Irish 'Seanchua' meaning the Old Hollow.
Last week I went to visit 'Sunberry', a residential farm with 82ac at a place called Poormansbridge between Shanahoe and Abbeyleix.
The farm is located 3km from Abbeyleix, 12km from Junction 17 on the M7 and 13km from Mountrath.
The property also comes with 9ac of grazing ground at Ballymullen off the old Cork road on the Durrow side of Abbeyleix. The entire is guided at around €1.04m.
Poormansbridge gets its name from a local bridge over the Nore, which, according to local lore, was the only bridge over the river that did not command a toll. There is nothing poor about the farm I visited.
It is a fine 19th century farmhouse with a traditional courtyard of sheds to the side, while to the rear is a lovely lawned area contained within a dry stone wall.
The accommodation includes two elegant reception rooms at either side of the front hallway, one set out as a dining room the other as a drawing room, both spaces have high ceilings, elegant fireplaces and ornate plasterwork.