Strong interest in Knockaseed

A SURGE of interest in a 28-acre Co Kerry offering has hit Killarney auctioneer Michael Coghlan of the Sherry FitzGerald Sherry FitzGerald alliance — who reckons that half the world now want a lifestyle change and a move to the country.

The viewing interest, e-mails and calls resulting from Irish Examiner editorial coverage last week of his new-to-market property offering at Rathmore left him floored.

There were dozens of inquiries from around the country and requests to walk the land, as well as an immediate offer at the €650,000 asking price.

The property in question is Knockaseed House, a restored 1750s hunting lodge once belonging to Lord Kenmare.

A relocating British couple, Alex and Jill Talman, bought the derelict property in 2002, and fully restored the lodge, with 2,500 square feet of space, and worked wonders on the land.

Pitched mostly at hobby-lifestyle farming and country living enthusiasts, it has a half a mile of river frontage to the Blackwater river.

There’s 15 acres of good quality pasture fenced for horses; five acres of mature, deciduous native woodland; six acres of bog or heath with three scooped out lakes; and a two-acre portion by the main house, with courtyard, vegetable garden and hen-run.

The lakes have been stocked with coarse fish, but also have trout colonising them.

The land is a wildlife paradise, drawing in badgers, foxes, hares, herons and cormorants, as well as Sika deer from the adjoining 90 acres of privately-owned forestry.

More than 2,000 native species are also planted on Knockaseed’s acres.

Estate agent Michael Coghlan of Sherry FitzGerald Coghlan in Killarney bills Knocknaseed as a small estate holding, 15 miles from Killarney and three from Rathmore.

“I’ve never had such a reaction before from so many people looking to get out to the country, to downsize or change lifestyle and work with some land,” says Mr Coghlan.

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