Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 February 2018

Farmers and investors in hunt for Gorey land

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

BOTH tillage farmers and investors have already expressed interest in the sale of St Walerans, a property with both agricultural and residential potential.

The early 19th century house is set on 79ac of tillage ground on the northern edges of Gorey town, Co Wexford.

For sale by private treaty, it has a guide price of €1.25m or more than €15,000/ac.

The farm falls partially within the Gorey town boundary and 19ac immediately around the house are zoned under the Gorey and Environs Local Area Plan 2010. However, Philip Byrne of joint selling agents REA Coonans insisted that the property was being sold primarily at agricultural value.

Originally the home of the Guise family, St Walerans has kept many of its original features, both externally and internally. The ground floor is laid out in well proportioned rooms with high ceilings and decorative plasterwork. The accommodation includes a dining room, kitchen, family room, and bathroom. Upstairs are seven spacious bedrooms and an attic space.

The house is in relatively good condition, but will take substantial work to bring it to a habitable, modern standard.


The outbuildings on the property include a range of old stone-built outoffices that were part of the original homestead and located to the back of the house. Two further yards contain several more modern storage and machinery sheds.

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The lands extend to 79ac and, aside from two 5.5ac paddocks and the yards, the ground is almost totally in tillage. The fields are well proportioned and sheltered by good hedging, while the farm has decent road frontage with separate access from the main road.

The property is set out in two blocks, with the larger block consisting of five good sized divisions around the house, while the remaining lands are in two divisions located across the old Dublin road.

The 19ac of zoned land are intended for 'Long Term Residential (Low Density)' housing with current planning for 118 units with 236 parking spaces.

This planning will run out in the year 2017. Of the remaining ground, c.17.5ac are zoned 'Community and Education' and c.43ac are zoned 'Industry and Warehousing'.

Philip Byrne believes the property will be of interest to a variety of customers including tillage farmers and investors interested in the development potential.

As well as REA Coonans, Maynooth, the joint agents are Sherry FitzGerald O'Leary Kinsella and Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes.

Irish Independent