Neat Laois holding for €330,000

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The Pike of Rushall in Co Laois is located between Borris-in-Ossory and Mountrath on the old N7. Set at the bottom of a hill and at the end of a straight stretch of road it was a renowned speed-trap in the days when the N7 was the primary route between Limerick and Dublin. These days the road is quieter thanks to the motorway but I still instinctively touch the brakes when I bear down the hill towards the Pike.

Be that as it may it is a lovely part of the country with some fine farmland and among them is a neat residential 35ac farm coming to auction with a guide price of €330,000.

Located 8km from Borris-in-Ossory, and 16km from Mountrath the property consists of a 1,510sqft bungalow, a traditional farmyard and 35ac of land with extensive road frontage.

According to auctioneer Joseph Coogan the bungalow is in excellent condition, a bright spacious house with four large bedrooms, a kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and outdoor WC. The house is set back from the road in a mature garden while adjacent is a traditional farmyard with a limited range of buildings.

The land is in a series of roadside fields with plenty of site potential, given the required planning permission. The auctioneer describes it as good grazing ground that could do with reseeding.

Grazing potential

The farm will be offered in lots or as an entire with the house and 28ac of grazing ground at one side of the road forming the first lot and guided at €275,000. A 7ac field of arable land at the other side of the road, that "could be ploughed in the morning," according to the auctioneer, forms lot two and this is guided at €55,000.

Mr Coogan says that in terms of quality and location this is a great property, "It is good land and a good house located only a few miles from the motorway," he said.

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The property will be sold at auction at Ballycomey House Castlecomer at 3pm on Friday, April 29.

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