Farm Ireland

Friday 24 November 2017

Strong midlands farm guided at €790,000

Mile Tree House farm near Birr goes to auction next month

The residence and farm at Three Mile House are 2kms from Birr
The residence and farm at Three Mile House are 2kms from Birr
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A misty morning last week took me to Birr in Co Offaly. It was school time along the N52 and passing through a string of towns and villages the place was alive with bunches of children being marshalled by trotting parents as they made their way to the local academy.

The quickest way to a journalist's pen is through his stomach so John and Marie Ryan fed me a hearty breakfast before I was taken on a tour of some fine farming property the midlands auctioneer is bringing to the auction room.

Our first stop was Mile Tree House a fine, modern five bedroom house about 2km on the Crinkill side of Birr. It comes with a series of traditional sheds on 79ac of good ground, much of it in stubble.

It is expected to achieve in the region of €790,000 when it comes to auction.

The house replaces an original dwelling that stood here before 1799. The old dwelling was unusual in that it was a two storey, thatched farmhouse. The current house is owned by the Horan family and the farm is the subject of an executor sale.

"There are records of Horans living and farming land in the vicinity as early as 1761," John Ryan explains.

The house has an 18th century aspect to it in terms of layout and design and indeed the gates and the railings around the residence are of that vintage.

Laid out in lovely spacious rooms the place is in good condition.

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The accommodation includes a spacious porch and inner hallway, a sitting room, living room, dining area, kitchen, utility room and a guest WC.

There is a double bedroom downstairs with ensuite facilities. Upstairs there are four large bedrooms and a walk-in hotpress.

To the rear of the house is a traditional courtyard farmyard, with buildings that include a stone pumphouse, a slate-roofed stone barn with a loft, a four-span hayshed, a long storage shed with galvanised roof, a galvanised roof storage shed and a cladded machinery shed. These buildings have great character and great potential for conversion.

The land around the house extends to 41ac and is served by a roadway that runs along the boundary.

The fields are all in tillage having been harvested recently and in particular one of the fields, the largest and furthest from the house, is a fine dry elevated piece of ground.

Located 0.5km from the house with double road frontage is a 4ac field currently under vegetables and as we visited cabbage was being harvested to be taken directly to market. "This field was once the sports ground for Birr," John Ryan explained, "it's perfectly level and in great heart."

A further 4km away on either side of the Birr to Kinnitty road is 34ac parcel of ground with 6.37ac at one side of the road and 28ac at the other linked by a stone underpass.

Some of this land needs attention and is lower in nature than the other ground, but it is nevertheless good grazing ground with great potential.

The 79ac property is for sale in five lots that include the house and sheds on 41ac guided at €500,000; the 4ac vegetable field guided at €65,000; the 28ac parcel on the Birr to Kinnitty road and the 6.37ac opposite guided at €6,500 per acre.

John Ryan is expecting lively local interest in the auction which takes place at Dooly's Hotel, Birr at 2.30pm on Thursday October, 6.

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