The sun has a way of bringing out the bigger properties, and one of the biggest holdings coming to market this year is Castleroe House and lands in Kilkea in County Kildare.
Located in the heart of a rich agricultural region nearby Carlow’s Frontier, 165 acre grass and tillage farm comes complete with a period house and a range of traditional outbuildings. Newbridge auctioneer Paddy Jordan is guiding the â¬ 2.2million sale.
Located 6 km from Castledermot, the farm is 11 km from the town of Carlow and 12 km from Athy, with the M9 a 10-minute drive away.
From the recessed entrance, a short avenue leads to the elegant two-story residence set back from the road and surrounded by mature trees.
Spanning 1,670 square feet, the accommodation includes a living room, dining room, living room, and kitchen, as well as a back hall and downstairs bathroom.
Upstairs the accommodation has three bedrooms, one with a child’s bedroom or an adjoining dressing room.
According to the auctioneer, although the house is in good structural condition, it needs a substantial renovation.
Immediately to the rear of the house is the original courtyard with traditional stone buildings. Full of character and potential, this is notably an old shed with an attic, several stables and a range of general outbuildings, which can be converted into many uses.
There is also a traditional poultry yard made up of stone buildings, dry barns and a hay shed.
The house and yards are surrounded by 165 acres of land in a block divided by two local roads, giving a wide frontage to the road, with boundaries marked by mature trees.
According to Mr. Jordan, the land is classified in the Co Kildare Soil Map as the “Fontstown Series”, described as “prime land”..
The farm has 81 ac in maize with the remaining 84 ac in pasture. The land is in good condition and will find a ready market among local landowners.
Castleroe will be offered for sale in a series of six lots.
The first, consisting of the house and courses on 13ha of pasture, is accompanied by a guide of â¬ 400,000.
The rest of the land is guided at â¬ 12,000 / ac.
The second and larger lot consists of 81 acres of plowed land with a wide frontage to the road.
The third lot spans 20 grassy acres with generous frontage to the road, while the fourth is a 39 acre grazing parcel overlooking the Greese River and a local road.
The fifth lot, spanning 10.5 acres, is also pasture and has frontage on two roads.
The final lot includes everything.
Mr. Jordan describes Castleroe as an “overwhelming farm” in a strong agricultural area.
âIt is rare that large blocks of land are put up for sale in this region, so I expect the sale to generate great interest,â he said.
The auction will take place on Thursday July 29 at 3 p.m. The location and format will be dictated by Covid-19 restrictions.