Farm Ireland

Friday 15 December 2017

Interest high for Kerry land

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The sale of land in the fertile Maine Valley, Co Kerry, is not a common occurrence so there is always great local interest whenever a holding of any size comes to the market.

It is hardly surprising that the sale of a 97ac residential holding at Callinafercy, Milltown, is causing quite a stir in the southern reaches of The Kingdom.

The holding comes with a refurbished farmhouse, 25ac of forestry carrying more than a decade of premium, 72ac of grassland, a modern farmyard with facilities for wintering 170 cattle, a six-unit milking parlour and entitlements of €9,000 a year.

Kilorglin-based auctioneer Jim Burns is selling the property by private treaty and is quoting a guide price of €1.3-1.5m (€13,500-15,000/ac).

Located two miles from Milltown, four from Killorglin, 14 from Killarney and Tralee, the farm is divided by a public road while part of the land are bounded by Castlemaine Harbour.

The farm enjoys substantial road frontage and benefits from internal roads that serve the various divisions.

Mr Burns says the farm is ideally suited for new entrants to dairy farming as it has all the required dairying facilities.

The farm can be bought as an entire or in four other lots.

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Lot A consists of a two-storey house on 1.5ac surrounded by several sheds and stables. The four-bedroom house extends to 2,300ft2 and is newly re-roofed and totally refurbished to a high quality.

For selling purposes, the land is divided into lots that include forestry and grassland. A section of planted forestry running to 20.5ac comprises lot B. There is premium of 11 years remaining on 15ac of it and 14 years on a 5.5ac section.

Lot C is made up of 29ac of grass and 4.5ac of forestry with 11 years premium remaining.

This lot has substantial road frontage and most of the grassland has been reseeded in recent years.

This portion contains some choice sites with magnificent views of Slieve Mish and McGillycuddy Reeks. With the requisite planning permission, there is great potential for the construction of some houses.

The remaining 42ac makes up lot D. This section, most of which has recently been reseeded, includes the farmyard and is serviced by a central roadway.

The extensive yard has winter housing and slurry capacity for 170 cattle. For those with dairying ambitions, there is a six-unit milking parlour.

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