Farm Ireland

Saturday 21 April 2018

Two-storey farmhouse with 'old-world' feel awaits return to glory

Jim O’Brien

Rural isolation and access to facilities will not bother the buyer of a 90ac residential farm located at Main St, Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath.

The farmhouse is on the main street and the land stretches along the back of the village.

A local commentator observed that no matter where you find yourself on this farm you are never more than a short trot from a good pint.

Murtagh Brothers Auctioneers of Mullingar bring the holding to the market with a guide price of €8,000/ac for the land, or €700,000 in total and €100,000 for the house on 1.34ac.

The farm, along with its yard and house, are described by Paul Murtagh as having tremendous potential but in need of attention throughout.

The lands, extending to 90ac, are the best of fattening ground, but need to be tidied and fertilised.

The farm enjoys extensive frontage on to two roads and while the external boundaries are good, the internal fencing is not in the best of shape.

The house, although in need of redecoration and modernisation, is a fine two storey, four-bedroom farmhouse over a basement. It comes with a fan light doorway and many other original features.

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The accommodation includes an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen, scullery and downstairs toilet.

Upstairs, the landing is home to a walk-in hotpress, while on the first floor are the four bedrooms, three with fireplaces, and a bathroom.


The basement area is divided between a utility room and a bigger area with a traditional open fireplace and crane.

The farmyard is of a different era but it still contains a wide range of useful sheds including a four-bay haybarn, cut-stone stables, storage sheds and other livestock accommodation.

There is an old-world feel to the entire place but auctioneer Paul Murtagh believes that in the right hands it will return to its former glory.

The property is being offered in the entire and in lots. One section comprises the residence on c1.34ac, a second lot includes 32.52ac, while the remaining 56.52ac makes up the last lot.

The auction takes place at the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar at 3.00pm on Thursday, July 11.


Staying in Leinster, 25ac of agricultural lands at Redhills, Co Kildare was sold last week for €320,000 or €12,800/ac.

The lands are located outside Kildare town, convenient to the M7 motorway. Local auctioneer, Paddy Jordan, described the holding as comprising "top quality ground" that is currently in permanent pasture and laid out in two divisions with extensive road frontage.

Before an attendance of around 15 people the property was offered for sale in one lot. The land was knocked down to the highest bidder at €320,000.

The purchaser is believed to be from the locality.

Irish Independent