Big in­ter­est for classy Kilkenny prop­erty

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

KILKENNY land can be hard to come by but when it makes its way to the mar­ket there are plenty of po­ten­tial cus­tomers for it.

Lively lo­cal and out­side in­ter­est is ex­pected for the up­com­ing auc­tion of 150ac of prime land at the heart of the county. The res­i­den­tial farm is com­ing for sale with a guide price of €1.5m or €10,000/ac.

I met auc­tion­eer Ed Dono­hoe in the Mar­ble City and we trav­elled 22km east through Gowran and al­most to the Car­low bor­der where the 150ac hold­ing bounds Mount Lof­tus Es­tate in town­lands that bask in the place names such as Pol­lagh, Tin­na­couse and Tom­na­haw in the parish of Skeoghvos­teen.

In the heart of this coun­try is Pol­lagh House Farm on some pow­er­ful, el­e­vated ground.

As we drove along the Gores­bridge to Graigue­na­managh road I was sur­prised when Ed Dono­hue slowed down sud­denly and wheeled his SUV into a field. Given the re­cent wet con­di­tions one surely wouldn’t chance go­ing off-road ex­cept with a trac­tor. We need not have had any fears.

The fields we en­tered had no prob­lem ac­com­mo­dat­ing the ve­hi­cle and we drove around the green sward with­out leav­ing a mark on the sod.

El­e­va­tion

We cross the road to the main par­cel of 90ac that rises to a lovely el­e­va­tion and again has a fine sward of green grass as well as some lovely stands of trees.

There are ex­cel­lent views over to Bran­don Hill, the high­est point in the county. This main lot in­cludes the house and yard.

The house, lo­cated at the end of a short av­enue lead­ing from a by-road, is a solid 19th cen­tury struc­ture, re­fur­bished in 1990, with a lovely or­chard gar­den to the front.

The build­ing has great char­ac­ter with some in­ter­est­ing in­ter­nal brick and ma­sonry fea­tures.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion in­cludes a sit­ting room, din­ing room, a kitchen with fit­ted wall units, three bed­rooms and a bath­room.

The yard is a mix of mainly dated build­ings in­clud­ing a num­ber of cut-stone sheds in­cor­po­rat­ing eight func­tional sta­bles.

A large com­plex of cor­ru­gated iron and steel sheds in­cludes a six-span hay barn with lean-to, a three-span barn with a lean-to and a fives­pan A-roofed barn. Cat­tle han­dling fa­cil­i­ties come with a 52’ cat­tle crush.

Part of the land takes the shape of a long and nar­row tail that has some frontage onto the Gores­bridge/Graigue­na­managh road. This 14ac por­tion is laid out in three fields that are in­clined to be soft with rushy ground.

A 37ac por­tion lo­cated across the by-road from the main sec­tion would make a fine stand­alone hobby farm.

Bound­ing the walled gar­den of the ad­ja­cent Mount Lof­tus House, this par­cel of el­e­vated ground is a lovely part of the farm with the best views and plenty of road frontage.

The farm can be bought in four lots or as an en­tire lot and comes to auc­tion at The Club­house Ho­tel, Kilkenny, at 3pm on Fri­day, June 1.

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