Farm Ireland

Friday 24 November 2017

Rare sale of picturesque period house

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A guide price of €1.1m is being quoted for Ballyvoneen House at Cloncurry, Newtown, Co Kildare. The sale of the house on 88ac is being handled by Goffs.

Located 9km from the M4 motorway, the property is 3.5km from Enfield, 18km from Maynooth and 45 miles from Dublin. The house dates back to the 17th century and was formerly owned by Lord Cloncurry.

Over the years, the farm has been used for a range of agriculture purposes including drystock, grazing and tillage.

The holding is approached through a set of old cast-iron gates and the front garden is home to some wonderful copper beech and beech trees, while a large apple orchard is located just past the garden.

The house is entered via a front porch, with double doors leading to the inner hall and sitting room. On the ground floor, the accommodation includes three reception rooms, a study, games room and modern kitchen.

There are five bedrooms on the first floor, with one of two bathrooms on the half landing.

The house is in fine condition throughout, with many period features intact and wooden floors and traditional fireplaces throughout. Some of the more contemporary features include double-glazed PVC windows and central heating.

There is an enclosed yard to the rear of the house, with a pumphouse, tool shed, two lofted outhouses and garage.

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There is a separate entrance to the farmyard, which is set on one acre of concrete. The farm accommodation includes a five-span cattle shed and four-span single shed behind it. There is also a four-span haybarn with lean-to and a range of associated outbuildings serviced by three-phase electricity.

The grounds are laid out in five divisions, all in grass with a lovely parkland setting. The land is the best of Kildare ground and is well fenced, in good heart and, according to Andrew Nolan of Goffs, has potential for many uses.

"The countryside around it is all in tillage so this farm could be farmed for tillage, drystock or bloodstock," he said.

The property will be offered in the entire and in two lots at auction, with one section consisting of the residence on 26ac.

The second section is made up of 62ac.

Ballyvoneen House will be sold at auction at Goffs at 3pm on Thursday, July 18.

Irish Independent