An exquisite 125ac residential stud farm located in Laois and bordering the counties of Carlow and Kildare is sure to draw attention from equestrian circles and the broader farming sector.
Coming with a unique two-storey thatched residence and a fully equipped stable yard, the property will be auctioned early next month and has a guide price of Â¤10,000/ac.
Located at Tirernam, Ballickmoyler, the property is around six miles from both Carlow town and Athy, Co Kildare.
Herbage Stud Farm is set on top quality agricultural land.
The house and yard are approached by a private Tarmac avenue with electric gates.
The property has been owned by the same family for more than 100 years and, with care and attention, was maintained and developed by them, which is reflected in the excellent facilities and the farm's serious equestrian reputation.
In that regard, Herbage has a tremendous record in breeding and raising winners. Among the successes are a number of Black Type horses: Alinga, Colourfast, Indaba, Fifth Commandment, Ezalli, Zacynthus, and Ezima, the well-known Group 2 winner.
Other Herbage stars, Spirit Danone and Memen, are also at Group level in Germany and the USA respectively.
The facilities at Herbage include 23 boxes, two automatic horse walkers, a four-span hay shed and four lean-to sheds with concrete base, a dung stead, a veterinary inspection box and a lunging ring.
Adjacent to the yard are two all-weather turnout paddocks, 10 small fields for sales preparation or mares and foals, and 18 paddocks that make up the remainder of the farm, all of which are in permanent grass.
In terms of soil, the land is classified under the 'Knockbeg Series' and the 'Howardstown Series' as good limestone land suitable for tillage or grazing.
The property is serviced by an internal road system, electric fencing and water is piped to all the various divisions.
The house is a charming two-storey thatched home of around 3,200ft2. It has been extended and renovated to include all modern comforts. The accommodation includes a hall, dining room, living room, kitchen, bathroom and four bedrooms, two of which are ensuite.
According to Newbridge estate agent Paddy Jordan, the house has lost none of its charm in the refurbishment.
"It has a warm, traditional, country farmhouse feel with the added benefit of a modernised interior," he said.
There is an adjoining stud office of around 1,000ft2, which would also be suitable for staff accommodation, and comprises a store, bathroom, office /canteen and an upstairs office.
Mr Jordan describes the entire property as a fine working farm set among some of the best land in the south midlands.
"It is a compact property suitable for all types of farming enterprises and likely to generate strong interest considering the quality of the land and the facilities," he said.
The property goes to public auction on Monday, October 10, at 3pm in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow.