Farm Ireland

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Forestry opportunities in the Garden County

A view of the 98ac farm that comes with at Athdown, Manor Kilbride
A view of the 98ac farm that comes with at Athdown, Manor Kilbride
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Those with pension investment worries and a few bob to spend could do worse than look at the possibilities offered by a 300ac hill farm at Carrigacurra near Valleymount in Co Wicklow.

Set in a mix of forestry and grazing the private treaty sale of the holding is guided by JP&M Doyle at €435,000.

Located about 3.6km from Valleymount and 13.6km from Blessington the property comprises 100ac of forestry that is 20 years old and mainly in Sitka Spruce. The remaining 200ac are made up of mainly hill grazing and mountain. The property is accessed by a shared laneway.

While there are no premiums remaining on the forestry the thinnings could realise an occasional income, while big money could be made in 15-20 years from now when the plantation comes to full maturity and could realise up to €6,000-8,000/ac on felling.

As a long-term investment it may not be a bad punt at all. The other part of the property is made up of 200ac of rough mountain ground suitable for grazing.

There is a possibility that the property could be bought in two separate lots but Paul Doyle was reluctant to give a guide on the lots.

Manor Kilbride forestry

Staying in Wicklow the same auctioneer is handling the sale of a 98ac farm that comes with a hill grazing rights to 3,471ac of mountain split three ways at Athdown, Manor Kilbride.

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The property also comes with entitlements amounting to €45,358 in 2017 and rising to €74,203 in 2017, subject to the applicant's qualification and qualification for greening obligations. Proposed purchasers must satisfy themselves as to their suitability to qualify for such payments. The property comes with a guide price of €525,000.

Set in the Liffey Valley the lands are in large fields and in two divisions divided by the river and include a large workshop extending to 371sqm/3,993sqft.

The scenic farm has been used as a location for filming in the past including the famous movie 'Into the West'.

Accessed by two separate roads and a private bridge across the river, according to Paul Doyle this is an excellent prospect made up of land suitable for livestock or equestrian and set amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in Ireland with a steady income stream.

The farm includes a third hill grazing rights to over 3,471ac of mountain grazing.

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