One of Meath’s first plots of land to come on the market this year is a 69-acre holding with a courtyard and two vacant residential buildings in Curniaghanstown, Stackallen, Navan.
he private sale is guided at 1.2 million euros and is managed by Dunshaughlin auctioneer John Bannon.
Located 5km from Slane and 8km from Navan, the property is available in lots or in its entirety, and although listed at €1.2m it is offered at €1.275m.
Composed of the best soil in Meath, 69ac was once part of an extensive 500ac tillage farm.
In its current form, it has belonged for several years to an investor who has let it to cautious tenants. It is currently operated for sheep.
In beautiful countryside, the house and courtyard are set back from the road, accessed by a hedge-lined driveway that leads to a fortified entrance, complete with gates and pillars.
There is plenty of access from the public road via three entry points along 240m of road frontage.
At the heart of the farmhouse, a solid two-storey farmhouse, unoccupied and barricaded for several years, could be refurbished or replaced.
The dated farm buildings to the rear of the house include a three column enclosed hay barn with a double lean-to used for storage and a range of stone and slate structures.
Another three columned hay barn with a double-breasted lean-to to one side is currently used for cattle fodder and housing.
Other features include cattle and sheep processing facilities, an old manure pit and a manure farm.
Water is supplied by the distribution network and a private well.
There is also an abandoned roadside cottage, which could be replaced or restored.
The land is described by Mr. Bannon as the best of free-draining land laid out in a series of well fenced and easily managed fields. He says it is suitable for cattle or tillage and would make an ideal horse farm.
In its batches or whole, it would also make a nice addition to a business.
The house and farm buildings on 28.5 acres make up the first lot, while the second includes the abandoned cottage on 40.7 acres.
Mr Bannon says interest in the operation is coming from locally, from the UK and beyond.