Farm Ireland

Sunday 21 January 2018

Luxury living ideal for a hobby farmer

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A beautiful country property located five miles from Kells, Co Meath, has come on the market. Surrounded by 45ac of prime land, the holding includes a four-bedroom modern house, a former farmhouse and a three-bay workshop.

With a guide price of €800,000, the property will be sold at auction by selling agents Smith Harrington at their sale rooms at Navan on Tuesday, May 31.

Situated off the N52 at Johnstown, between Kells and Mullingar, the property is about 45 minutes from the M50 and Dublin via the M3. The residence is an excellent modern home. Extending to around 3,200sqft, the house is built to a high specification with a B2 BER certificate.

The rooms are spacious, well laid out and include a double height entrance hall, a separate living room and sitting room and a bespoke kitchen/dining area, with granite work tops and solid white oak doors. Other rooms include a utility, study, two bathrooms and a garage that could be easily converted into living space.

The large bedrooms, two of which are ensuite with a walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom, offer excellent views of the surrounding countryside.

The house also has many special features, such as a geothermal underfloor heating system, a central vacuum system, TV points in most rooms and broadband availability. Outside, the house has an extensive paved patio, professionally landscaped garden, security lighting, electric gates, mature beach hedge and a private avenue extending to around 230m, with 137m of road frontage.

There is an old farmhouse on the property currently used as a farm office which could be converted to residential use, subject to planning permission.

The land is top-quality grazing ground that has recently been reseeded and has electric fencing and new hedging around the sub-divisions.

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Water is provided by a private well, which delivers an excellent supply. An old gateway, now closed up, could be re-opened to afford independent access to the land.

While the farm has no entitlements, it is eligible for the REPS scheme.

According to auctioneer John Smith, the holding is generating a lot of interest, and prospective buyers will include hobby farmers and people who want a house with some land convenient to Dublin.

"There is good steady interest and we have had quite a number of viewings," Mr Smith said.

"I think we will have a lively auction on the day."

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