Property: Prime lands and a residence of prestige near Portlaoise

Listed jointly with Sherry-Fitzgerald Country Homes and Roscrea agents Sherry Fitzgerald Fogarty, the stunning Tulach Nore near Portlaoise (28km from the town) is a 255-acre residential farm of impressive dimensions.

Property: Prime lands and a residence of prestige near Portlaoise

It’s a rarity in the extreme — an excellent Midlands farmstead complete with an equally impressive Victorian-era two-storey dwelling, leading one to wonder whether the next purchaser will be drawn mostly by the house or by the lands.

More and more people are discovering the charms of this part of the country, with the likes of the famous Ballyfin House (20km north of here) helping to revive its reputation.

Far removed from the rolling hills and the dramatic Western shores of Ireland, Tulach Nore is a jewel of a property located in a peaceful fertile zone of level land in the heart of Ireland.

Convenience comes in spades with this holding that enjoys good road frontage and which is within 8km of the M7, 15km of the M8 and almost midway between Dublin and Shannon Airports (120km in either direction).

The Victorian house was built between 1875 and 1890 and the stately mansion has been maintained in an excellent condition, increasing in size with the addition of five bays and two wings.

The home is still in the ownership of the original owners — the Harding family, one of whom (George Harding) served in both the Boer War and the First World War.

The land in this holding can be divided into three main sections in terms of quality and land use: the bulk (167 acres) consists of high-quality grazing land.

This level and fertile parcel is typical in many ways of the rolling plains that surround it. Secondly, there are approximately 33 acres of summer grazing.

Currently, there are 120 cattle on the land in this area well known for beef farming, with capacity to cater for up to 500 head, according to the agents.

“For dairying, it would need some investment but it would be a very good idea,” says Roseanne De Vere Hunt of the Sherry Fitzgerald Country Homes division.

Finally, there is a substantial area of forestry (55 acres).

It doesn’t have any premium value but its broad range of species includes Ash, Irish Oak, Walnut, Sycamore, Douglas Fir, Silver Birch, Norway Maple, and Sitka Spruce.

Amongst this, there is also a flight pond that was put in here several years ago, which attracts Mallard ducks, as well as Teal.

Indeed, there is a lot of wildlife well established on the grounds that could well suit a future enterprise or for the simple leisure value of a future owner. These include otters in the river (over 1km of river frontage onto the Nore), Snipe, Woodcock, Curlew, and Hare.

“The property has a wonderful position overlooking the Slieve Bloom Mountains,” says Roseanne.

“It is difficult to get properties with more than 100 acres and this has the privacy and the fine Victorian residence. A lot of farms tend to have smaller houses. This one is well maintained and in good order throughout.”

There are more than 5,500 sq ft of fine Victorian residence on offer at Tulach Nore. The accommodation includes eight bedrooms (the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe), drawing room, dining room, billiards room, library, study, sitting room, kitchen, pantry, utility room, 2 bathrooms, and a shower room.

Roseanne notes that in the Country Homes division of the Sherry Fitzgerald franchise, there has been a notable trend in 2016: “Last year, it was very quiet with enquiries, but since the New Year, it’s nearly all international enquiries.”

In terms of value, this unique overall package is listed at €2,250,000. Given that the house alone is considered to be worth in the region of €800,000, this is a sensibly-priced holding that could well finish with a flurry of bidding.

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