Farm Ireland

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Period house on 88ac withdrawn at auction

Jim O’Brien

Ballyvoneen House at Cloncurry, Newtown, Co Kildare, a period house on 88ac was withdrawn at auction having been bid to €900,000.

It was bought after auction by a well-known tillage farming family from Celbridge and while the final price paid was not revealed by selling agents Goffs Country, it is believed to be close to the guide price of €1.1m.

The house dates from the 17th century and was formerly owned by Lord Cloncurry, being part of what once was once a larger holding all within the townland of Cloncurry. Over the years, the farm has been used for a range of agriculture purposes including drystock, grazing and tillage.

The house is a five bedroom building in fine condition throughout with many period features such as wooden floors and traditional fireplaces. The rest of the house includes three reception rooms, a study, a games room and a modern kitchen. Some of the more contemporary features include double glazed PVC windows and central heating.

In terms of farm and outdoor facilities there is an enclosed yard to the rear of the house with a pump house, tool shed, two lofted outhouses and a garage. A separate entrance leads to the farmyard, which is set on one acre of concrete to include a five-span cattle shed and a four-span single shed. A further four-span haybarn with a lean-to and a range of outbuildings are serviced by three-phase electricity.

The lands are typical of good Kildare grassland laid out in five divisions and in good heart.

The property was offered in lots at auction with the first lot consisting of the residence on 26ac. Lot two was made up of 62ac of land. However, the serious interest only emerged when the entire 88ac of land and Ballyvoneen House was offered as a unit.

Two bidders showed cause when the bidding opened at €700,000 and the amount on offer quickly rose to €900,000.

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At €900,000 the property was withdrawn and it sold immediately after for a higher price.

Commenting on the sale, Richard Brophy of Goffs Country described the transaction as typical of recent auctions. "Gone are the days of multiple bidders on properties. To have two bidders is the norm in today's auction, and that is all you need to make a sale," he said.


The auction by Goffs Country of Riverstown House on 28ac at Riverstown near Birr in Co Offaly did not fare as well. The eight bedroom stately Georgian home with a guide of €590,000 failed to attract a customer but discussions are on-going with interested parties.

Greater success was enjoyed by Goffs when 10.5ac at Hillsborough, Newbridge, Co Kildare sold under the hammer for €134,000 making more than €12,500/ac.

The lands are laid out in two divisions, all in grass with a good shelter-belt and road frontage onto the Great Connell Road.

The property went on the market at €100,000 and was bought under the hammer by a local for €134,000.

Irish Independent