Located on the edge of the village of Rathmore in Co Kerry, a 79-acre residential holding makes for a very interesting prospect.
Rathmore is close to the border with Co Cork, on the eastern side of the Kingdom. It has long been a small village that has punched above its weight, producing a number of distinguished scholars (such as Aogán Ó Rathaille and Fr Patrick Dineen) and a succession of successful GAA teams.
One of the village’s other main claims to fame is that it is one of the homes of chocolate-maker Cadbury (now owned by American company Mondelez) in Ireland with a factory there for over six decades. Unsurprisingly, the dairying industry is a dominant sector in these parts and this farm bears all the familiar patterns of a former dairying business.
According to selling agents Millstreet-based Pomeroy Auctioneers the land is of mixed quality and has been farmed up until very recent times. Formerly, there were dairying and dry cattle there. More recently, it was used for grazing horses.
“The land here can be described as mixed,” says Catherine Pomeroy. “Some of the land is quite good and it’s in a superb location. The land was let out for a number of years and the area around the house would be the best part.”
The holding has a large degree of quality road frontage and the main public road linking this part of the world with Waterford, the N72, dissects the farm in two parts just west of the main part of the village. The south side of the road holds the largest portion (52.6 acres) while across the road lies 27 acres, partially bounded by a river.
The Mallow-Tralee railway line also runs through the land (Rathmore having the rare facility of a mainline railway station) which, although it lends itself to sub-division, will be available on this occasion only as an entire holding.
Killarney is 18km away, Castleisland is 26km distant, while the lively market towns of Millstreet and Boherbue on the Cork side are 12km and 15km away.
The farm has mains water at the public road, mains electricity and a septic tank and the range of farm buildings going with the property includes a hay barn as well as four other outbuildings. These are in solid condition though in need of some modernising, according to the selling agent, Catherine Pomeroy.
One could make a similar assessment of the dwelling house. The two-storey home has four bedrooms and 104 square metres of living space, according to the selling agents. The bedrooms are on the first floor, along with a bathroom, while the ground floor contains the entrance hall, kitchen, sitting room and utility room.
“It’s a fine dry house that has been well kept over the years so it’s in a very good condition considering that it hasn’t been lived in for over 10 years,” says the agent.
There are no entitlements going with the farm. This, according to the selling agents, is a property that will benefit from the next owner investing in works to improve the land and bring it back to its best — clearing and re-seeding work mostly. The location of the house is another important factor.
With its position in the middle of the two parts of Rathmore village, it is a valuable commodity that could be let out or even sold off with its own curtilage. The asking price is €530,000 — a reasonable expectation that will surely attract a good deal of interest over the coming weeks in this executor sale.