Robin Hood's famous right-hand man was known as Little John, but according to all accounts he was far from small. Likewise, Little Budd's Farm on the shores of Westmeath's beautiful Lough Ennel is far from little as Irish land parcels go, extending to 408ac. This most substantial piece of tillage ground is coming to auction with a guide price of €2.1m or just over €5,000/ac.
Located 3.5km from Dysart, the farm is 9km from Mullingar and 42km from Athlone. It is described as excellent quality tillage lands all in one block with extensive frontage onto Lough Ennell
The land is primarily in tillage, with about 300ac having been under the plough for the last number of years. The remaining 100ac is low-lying grazing ground that includes the 12ac Dysart Island.
The farm was let for many years and is in need of attention. It is described by Paul Murtagh as one big sweep of land without walls or ditches. Indeed, for any new owner, it represents an open space that can be shaped and configured in whatever way the owner wishes.
The farm has a central roadway but to convert it for dairying or grazing, or indeed to continue tilling the holding, it would need more access arteries.
However, according to Paul Murtagh, the works to be carried out are mainly cosmetic.
"This is very good land, it doesn't need drainage of reclamation," he said.
Up to 100ac of foreshore has been added to the property over the last number of years as a result of dredging works on the lake. While it has extensive lake frontage, the farm has no road frontage being located at the end of a lane.
The house sits to the rear of the farm with great views across the lands to the lake. The single-storey house contains three bedrooms, a kitchen, sitting room and bathroom and needs complete renovation.
There are two entrances to the property, one to the house and the other to the farmyard. The yard has a range of dated buildings that include a double five-bay barn with a lean-to and a three-bay barn.
Mr Murtagh, along with joint agents Ganly Walters, expects wide interest from across the farming sectors when the holding comes to auction at Ganly Walters, 8-34 Percy Place, Dublin 4 at 3pm on Wednesday, March 25.
Auction rooms around the country are preparing for a busy end to the month. Among the upcoming sales is that 69ac farm at Killacloran, Aughrim, Co Wicklow. It comes to auction with a guide price of €640,000 or just over €9,000/ac.