Laois 126ac could be one in a million
Strong interest predicted at auction for Ballymullen House
Ballymullen House and farm, extending to 126ac at Abbeyleix in Co Laois, is on the market to be sold at public auction with a guide price between €1m and €1.4m or €8,000 and €9,000/ac.
It was a wet day when I joined Joseph Coogan on a visit to the holding last week, but even in the pours of rain one could see that this is a fine farm of land set around a house with plenty of character.
Located just a mile from the picturesque village of Abbeyleix, the farm was bought by its current owners in 1981 and in its early years was farmed as a dairy enterprise.
In 1983 the family diversified and, taking advantage of the generous deposits on the farm, developed a business selling and delivering sand. In 2007 the sandpit was bought by Booth's Concrete who opened an entrance and put down a paved roadway adjacent to the main gateway to the farm. The new entrance doubles as access to the farmyard in a shared right of way.
In latter years the farm was a drystock holding and has been leased for the last five years.
The house is a late 19th early 20th century dwelling that is now in two separate units with total accommodation extending to seven bedrooms, four reception rooms, two kitchens and bathrooms.
The house is occupied with both sides rented to tenants, and while it has all modern conveniences including PVC windows it could do with significant refurbishment and modernisation. There is a lovely sheltered garden area around the house with a range of trees and shrubbery.