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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Georgian pile on the finest of land in Cavan

Woodlawn House, Co Cavan stands on 138ac close to the banks of Lough Sheelin
Woodlawn House, Co Cavan stands on 138ac close to the banks of Lough Sheelin
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Land sales in Cavan are most often associated with smaller properties and smaller parcels of land that are mainly of interest to local customers.

However, the private treaty sale of Woodlawn House on 138ac situated close to the banks of Lough Sheelin should create a stir in the border county and beyond.

Given the favourable exchange rate of sterling against the embattled euro it should certainly interest buyers from across the border, with the property guided at €1.5m or €10,000/ac.

Situated 9km from Ballyjamesduff, the farm is near Mountnugent and is located across the road from the Crover House Hotel and Golf Club.

The property is the subject of an executor sale.

In addition to the land, the sale includes a three storey over basement Georgian house, farmyard, and three-bedroom bungalow.

Dating back to the early 19th century, the main house retains many of its original Georgian features.

However it needs refurbishment and will require investment to bring it back to its Georgian glory.

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The main accommodation includes two spacious reception rooms with high ceilings and there are four large bedrooms upstairs and two smaller bedrooms in the attic area. The kitchen is located in the basement with some storerooms.


Selling agent Robert Nixon says the house is weather proofed and has not suffered any significant damage over the years.

Outside there is an old lofted courtyard with traditional stone buildings used to house cattle. More modern buildings include a haybarn, a three-bay slatted shed along with cattle handling facilities.

A three-bedroom modern bungalow in excellent condition is also being sold with the farm.

Set on 0.75ac of landscaped gardens and with an adjacent garage the bungalow may be available for sale as a separate lot.

The land has been mainly used for drystock farming over the years but is described by selling agent Mr Nixon as the best of ground which is "suitable for tillage, dairying or drystock".

Laid out in large fields with natural hedgerows the farm is dotted with fine stands of trees. A parcel of approximately 5ac is in forestry and there is an ample natural supply of water.

The sale of the property is being handled jointly by Liam Reilly auctioneers Ballinagh, Co Cavan and Robert Nixon and Company, Kells.

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