Westmeath's 'best'

'Modern, substantial house' on 270ac near Athlone is guided at €3.5m and is described as 'a super farm' by a local auctioneer

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

One of the biggest farms to be sold at auction in the midlands in recent times has just come on the market. Extending to 270ac and with extensive sheds, the Westmeath residential farm is being guided at €3.5m.

Located between Glasson and Tubberclair near Athlone, the farm will be offered as an entire and in lots.

Auctioneer Denis O'Roarke of O'Roarke Brothers, Moate, is fulsome in his praise of the property.

"I haven't seen anything like this on the market in this area in years. It is the best of land with the best of facilities and with a modern, substantial house."

The farm is in three divisions. The house and yards on 190ac are in one block at Glasson, while a 50ac parcel of tillage is located less than 0.5km away. The remaining 30ac parcel is in the neighbouring village of Tubberclair.

The house is a four-bedroom, two-storey house built in the 1990s. The accommodation includes a family room, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, and utility. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, and a bathroom. Immediately adjacent to the house is a triple garage.

The holding has extensive sheds that provide accommodation for up to 500 head of cattle. The buildings include two eight-bay sheds, one seven-bay shed, one large machinery storage shed, a dry bed shed and a purpose-built grain storage shed with the high roof to accommodate tipper trucks.

The 190ac of land around the house is all in paddocks that are divided by electric fencing and all watered and serviced by an internal roadway.

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The land is in great heart, having been fertilised and tidied on a regular basis.

The 50ac section is in four divisions and is under a crop of winter wheat at the moment. Were the farm to be bought for dairying this would make an ideal part of the farm for saving fodder as all parts of it are 'sowable and mowable'.

The 30ac parcel at Tubberclair comes with 700m of road frontage on to the Athlone to Ballymahon road. The parcel is fenced with electric fences and supplied with water. It was in winter wheat last year but is now reseeded with new grass.

"This is a super farm," said Mr O'Roarke. "Not a thing needs to be done to it. The place is modern, finished and ready to go."

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