Thursday 22 November 2018

Bree farm on 199 acres has guide price of €1.65m

The period house at Kilgibbon, Bree, which is part of the auction
The period house at Kilgibbon, Bree, which is part of the auction

Pádraig Byrne

A historic Bree farm on 199 acres is set to go under the hammer at The Riverside Park Hotel next week. Kilgibbon, Bree, is up for auction with a guide price of €1,650,000 and consists of an 18th Century country home set on a holding made up of arable land, grassland, forestry and tidal riverbank.

The property has been described as one of the more substantial to come on the market in the South East in recent months and interest is expected to be high as it goes under the hammer.

Located 8km from Enniscorthy, the house was built back in 1780 by the Lett family. It was subsequently bought by the Edier family and since the 1950s was in possession of the Latta family. Maintaining all its historical charm, Frank McGuinness of Sherry Fitzgerald O'Leary says that it was lived in up to two years ago and while the house itself is in good condition, it will need a new owner's touch to bring it back to its former glory.

Reached by a long, winding avenue through mature trees, the house consists of an entrance hallway, a drawing room, a dining room, a kitchen, a utility room and a bathroom. Other spaces include a sun-room and a utility room. The main bathroom is on the landing leading to the first floor where the master bedroom with en-suite facilities is located, while two further bedrooms are adjacent. A landing at the other side leads to an attic floor with another two bedrooms and an office.

Outside, there is a traditional courtyard to the rear of the house with a range of cut-stone buildings and a number of old stables. There is also a three-column hay-barn with a lean-to. The grounds are currently being used for a mix of uses with about 100 acres in oilseed rape and winter wheat. Meanwhile, about 50 acres is grass, 25 acres forestry and 25 acres on the Slaney in tidal riverbank.

At auction, the property will be offered in lots with the first lot made up of the house and yard on 134 acres. The second lot comprises of 65 acres of land while the third lot represents the entire 199 acres with the house and outhouses included.

The auction takes place on Thursday, August 30, at 3 p.m. in The Riverside Park Hotel.

Enniscorthy Guardian