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Saturday 16 December 2017

Historic Meath farm has kept its original features and charm

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

One of the more substantial Meath properties to come on the market in recent times is creating lively interest. Bensfort House and Lodge, situated four miles from Kells on 230ac, is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of between €10,000 and €12,000/ac.

The house, located on the Kells to Oldcastle road, dates back to the late 1700s and has been in the ownership of the Gibney family since the 1930s.

CHARM

While the property requires modernisation, it has retained many of its original features and charm – including high ceilings, original tiled flooring, wide-beamed oak flooring and large sash windows with shutters.

The main house is a two-storey, over-basement construction extending to 2,640sqft.

Accommodation includes an entrance hall, dining room, sitting room, office, guest WC, kitchen, utility room, four bedrooms and bathroom. The basement with its vaulted ceilings is unused while the roof has recently been re-done and the house insulated.

Bensfort Lodge stands at the entrance to the property and is a fully renovated gate lodge extending to 1,475sqft. This cut-stone, three-bedroom cottage has its own landscaped garden and drive.

Accommodation includes an entrance hall, kitchen, dining room, living room, guest WC and two ground-floor bedrooms, one of which is en suite. Upstairs can be found a large bedroom with bathroom.

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The lands, featuring €17,000 in entitlements, are all in pasture and are described by auctioneer Tom Gavigan, of REA T and J Gavigan, as being of top quality, with the exception of about 20ac that is softer than the rest.

There is an excellent water supply to the farm, which is well fenced and has good road frontage onto the R163 Oldcastle Road.

FARMYARD

The holding is serviced by a traditional farmyard consisting of a haybarn, storage sheds and some stables.

Mr Gavigan describes the property as one of the finest farms in Co Meath, suitable for tillage and grazing.

It is on the market as a unit and the auctioneer is confident of finding a buyer.

"This is a quality farm and it will be sold," Mr Gavigan added.

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