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Wexford grass farm has price tag of €9,000/acre

Wexford people are not altogether content with the general assumption that there is only one hill in the country that bears the name of Tara. They have their very own Tara Hill on the outskirts of Gorey, only a few minutes from the Irish Sea.

Ballinglin Farm is a prime 76ac residential holding at the heart of the popular coastal area around Tara Hill. The farm, which will be sold at auction in three lots, comes with a traditional residence and two farmyards. The sale is being guided by Denis Howell, of Warren Estates, at €9,000/ac, or close to €700,000.

Located only five minutes drive from the main M11 motorway between Dublin and Wexford and three miles from Gorey town, this compact farm is all in grass. There is generous road frontage of 190m.

The property is approached down a tarmacadam drive and sweeps into a tree-lined driveway to the front of the house.

According to Mr Howell, the land is in good heart and the holding is regarded as a good grass farm watered by a stream that forms part of the boundary.

The residence is a traditional, southwesterly facing farmhouse built more than 100 years ago.

Accommodation includes four bedrooms, bathroom with electric shower, a sitting room, dining room, kitchen and a utility room with plumbing for kitchen appliances.

Reasonable

The house, which was the home of the late owners, is in reasonable condition but could do with modernisation. To the rear of the residence is a unique old farmyard with a range of traditional stone-built out-offices and sheds.

The farm is being sold in lots, with the house and farmyard being offered with 26.4ac. The second lot comprises 33.88ac with a new farmyard and sheds. This is good grazing ground with a yard that includes a three-bay covered silage pit.

The yard also includes two lean-tos measuring 100x45ft, along with a two silage pits, slurry pits and collecting yards.

The third and final lot comprises a parcel of 15.96ac.

Mr Howell points out that the farm will not be offered as an entire but it is possible that one customer could buy all three lots.

"This property will suit a variety of purchasers, from the local farmer to the commuter," he said. "Like many farms being sold, it is anticipated that the smaller parcels make it more saleable. However, I'm sure there are customers interested in buying all three as a unit."

An auction will take place at the sales rooms of Warren Estates, Gorey, at 3pm on Tuesday, April 10.

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