Greenlane Farm must be one of the sweetest properties I have laid foot on.
Located in the heart of limestone country four miles from the north Tipperary town of Borrisokane, this 62ac residential holding is a gem. It's set around a quaint two-bedroom house and a courtyard of stone-built, traditional farm buildings, It comes to auction in November with a guide price of €10,000/ac.
The house stands behind two lovely monkey puzzle trees at the apex of a three road crossroads. The holding is a model of neatness and care. The house includes a kitchen, dining room sitting room bathroom and parlour, while upstairs are two bedrooms and a second bathroom.
It is in sound structural condition but could do with refurbishment and renovation.
Behind the house is a small gravel courtyard and outbuildings that include a fuel shed, a garage and a concrete rainwater trough.
A traditional wrought-iron gate, complete with a latch stopper, leads to the farmyard. This consists of a series of stone-built sheds around a gravel courtyard. The sheds have slate roofs and are all in immaculate condition.
Each shed is like a museum piece complete with wooden partitions and wooden feeding cribs. The loft in the grain store is in mint condition with a sound roof and wooden floor.
The workshop is completed with a workbench and a place for all the tools the farmer needed. The traditional haggard located off the main courtyard has a smaller more modern shed that could have been used for milking, while further out in the haggard is a fine four-column haybarn.
Meanwhile, 100 yards down the road is a second and more modern yard with a walled four-column haybarn with two loose sheds.
The land is powerful. Set out mainly in six large fields, it is the best of level, limestone ground without an inch of waste.
The farm has about a mile of frontage on to two secondary roads and is surrounded on all sides by a number of progressive farm enterprises.
Undoubtedly this executor sale will attract huge interest from surrounding farmers. One would hope that any new owner will see the heritage value of the farmyard and seek support from the heritage department in Tipperary County Council to preserve it as an authentic window on the past.
Selling agent Noel Brennan intends to bring the property to auction in November.