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Saturday 17 March 2018

See the fantastic array of sheds on this 77ac Louth farm guided at €15,000/ac

The 77ac farm with a residence and extensive farm buildings is located off the M1 motorway. It goes to auction in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.
The 77ac farm with a residence and extensive farm buildings is located off the M1 motorway. It goes to auction in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Tomorrow is auction day for a fine 77ac residential farm at Heynestown, Dundalk, Co Louth.

The executor sale will have a certain poignancy for auctioneer Michael Lavelle as it marks the sale of his birthplace, the property of his late brother TJ.

The fine farmhouse with a fantastic array of sheds surrounded by fine Louth land is coming to auction with a guide price of €1.46m or €15,000/ac.

The property is just off the M1 and is in fact divided by the Belfast Dublin motorway, leaving an 8.7ac portion separated from the rest and closer to Dundalk. Located at Heynestown, the farmhouse and the main portion of the land (41.8ac) are 1.5km east of the N52 Ardee road and 2km south from exit 16 off the M1.

The roadside holding was bought by Michael Lavelle's parents in 1941.

They reared nine children here and built up the farm over the years, milking cows, rearing beef, growing spuds and harvesting corn.

The outbuildings include this traditional style courtyard
The outbuildings include this traditional style courtyard

In its most recent incarnation, the farm was a beef holding.

The house is a long two-storey farmhouse. The downstairs accommodation includes a hallway that, to the left, leads to a sitting room and then on to a dining room.

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These are fine spaces complete with fireplaces and typical of the larger farming family homes of their vintage.

To the right of the hallway is a breakfast room with an Aga that leads on to the kitchen. Also located downstairs is a fully fitted bathroom.

Upstairs are four bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. The house has not been lived in for two years but is dry and in perfectly habitable condition.

Outside there are two yards, the old and the new. The old yard is a charming cut-stone courtyard with an array of byres, an old stalled milking set-up and other storage spaces.

This is a lovely set of buildings roofed with the original slates and it could be transformed for many uses.

Beside that and to the rear of the house is one of the largest roofed farmyards I have seen.

It is home to an amazing array of sheds in great condition, some of them like new. The buildings include a series of round roofed sheds with lean-tos, four cattle sheds and a three-bay slatted shed.

There is over 20,000 sq feet of roofed accommodation in the yard, along with cattle handling facilities and silage pits.

Much of the shedding is open and could be converted for many uses.

To the side and rear of the house is a 41.8ac parcel of the best of Louth ground with 200m of road frontage. The land was well looked after, is in great heart and is fine dry ground.

Moving down the road there is a 20.23ac parcel of ground located in the townland of Dunmahon, 380m from the house.

Situated two minutes from the M1 this parcel of good ground would make an ideal out-farm. And with 230m of road frontage, it could be turned into a well-located residential holding, given the required planning permission. The land is in three divisions and in great heart.

'Hope value'

At the Dundalk side of the M1 is an 8.7ac piece.

Located at Mullaharlin Road, the piece is zoned 'Employment Mixed Use' and could bring a lot of hope value, appealing to farmers and non-farmers alike.

The last piece, a 6.5ac parcel located off the N52 Ardee road, is the best of arable ground and could, in the event of obtaining the appropriate planning permission, have some serious site potential.

Accessed by a shared right-of-way, the surrounding fields are home to a range of pleasant one-off houses, an indication that the same fate could profitably befall this piece.

The farm will be sold in lots or as an entire by auction at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk at 3pm tomorrow, Wednesday, August 2.

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