Rich pick­ings in the mid­lands

Irish Independent - Farming - - PROPERTY FARMING - JIM O’BRIEN

REG­U­LAR read­ers of these pages will know that Laois holds a spe­cial place in my af­fec­tions. I’m al­ways happy to avail of an op­por­tu­nity to re­turn to the mid­land county and a trip down mem­ory lane.

While house hunt­ing in the land of the O’Moores some 18 years ago I was al­ways at­tracted by that lovely pla­ce­name, Shana­hoe, from the Ir­ish ‘Seanchua’ mean­ing the Old Hol­low.

Last week I went to visit ‘Sun­berry’, a res­i­den­tial farm with 82ac at a place called Poor­mans­bridge be­tween Shana­hoe and Abbeyleix.

The farm is lo­cated 3km from Abbeyleix, 12km from Junc­tion 17 on the M7 and 13km from Moun­trath.

The prop­erty also comes with 9ac of graz­ing ground at Bal­ly­mullen off the old Cork road on the Dur­row side of Abbey- leix. The en­tire is guided at around €1.04m.

Poor­mans­bridge gets its name from a lo­cal bridge over the Nore, which, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal lore, was the only bridge over the river that did not com­mand a toll. There is noth­ing poor about the farm I vis­ited.

It is a fine 19th cen­tury farm­house with a tra­di­tional court­yard of sheds to the side, while to the rear is a lovely lawned area con­tained within a dry stone wall.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion in­cludes two el­e­gant reception rooms at ei­ther side of the front hall­way, one set out as a din­ing room the other as a draw­ing room, both spaces have high ceil­ings, el­e­gant fire­places and ornate plas­ter­work.

Up­stairs are four bed­rooms, two spa­cious rooms with lovely views over the land, a box room, a medium sized bed­room and a fully equipped fam­ily bath­room. The farm­yard is made up of a series of tra­di­tional build­ings all in very good or­der.

On the op­po­site side of the yard is a range of stor­age sheds also in top class con­di­tion.

The land is ex­cel­lent dry ground set out in a num­ber of lots with plenty of road frontage.

The ground around the house ex­tends to 61ac in nine fields with road frontage on to a coun­try road to the front and lim­ited frontage to a lane to the side. These fields are all el­e­vated at the cen­tre and run down to a brook that bounds the farm at the back.

Graz­ing ground

The land is the best of graz­ing ground and was per­fectly dry un­der­foot even af­ter the re­cent rain­fall.

The di­vi­sions are bounded by tra­di­tional hedgerow and there are also some lovely stands of old trees around the farm.

Across the road from the house is an 11ac par­cel laid out in four fields with sub­stan­tial road frontage to the coun­try road and frontage on to a lane known as Tealane.

The ground here is more low ly­ing with in­ter­nal hedges and growth that may need some at­ten­tion. It is nev­er­the­less good graz­ing land.

A fur­ther 10ac par­cel is lo­cated across the lane from the main hold­ing. This par­cel of land is made up of top class el­e­vated graz­ing ground.

A par­cel of ground ex­tend­ing to 9ac is lo­cated away from the main farm at Bal­ly­mullen on the Dur­row side of Abbeyleix.

Lo­cated on the lower Bal­li­nakill road off the old Cork road and 400m from the town, the par­cel is in two di­vi­sions of 3.8ac and 5.4ac and the sell­ing agent, Port­laoise auc­tion­eer John Mo­ran, says it has site The farm­house and 82ac is lo­cated near Shana­hoe, Co Laois and is guided at €1.04m po­ten­tial sub­ject to plan­ning. He de­scribes the hold­ing as one of the finest farms to come for sale in the area in some time.

He is guid­ing the price of the house and 61ac at €12,000/ ac while the guide on the 10ac par­cel is €11,000/ac, the 11ac par­cel is at be­tween €8,000 and €10,000/ac while the piece of land at Bal­ly­mullen is guided at €100,000.

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