Joint selling agents, Stephen Barry of Raymond Potterton Auctioneers and Andrew Nolan of Goffs, have launched to the market, a circa 101 ha or 250-acre agricultural property at Friarstown, The Curragh, Co Kildare with a guide price of €7.5 million or €30,000/acre.
According to the firms, this is a “truly unique opportunity to purchase a substantial holding” with excellent training facilities in a wonderful location, just off the Curragh Plains and a mere 5-minute drive from the M7.
Lot 1 comprises circa 126.31-acres, laid out in six divisions and all in grass, with road frontage on the L3003.
In total, there are 13 boxes, a 3-spay haybarn with a lean-to off and a 2-span haybarn with associated buildings.
There is a dormer residence extending to circa 130 m², with a mains and private water connection, electricity, septic tank drainage and GFCH.
Moreover, there is a lunging ring, a four-bay horse walker and loading bay, a tack room, a feed room, a pump house, and “excellent” parking facilities.
Meanwhile, lot 2 consists of circa 123.35-acres (circa 62.35-acres in grass and circa 61-acres) laid out in seven divisions, with an internal roadway.
In total, there are 60 boxes – two adjoining yards containing 50 boxes with a lofted area over one block and an additional 10 boxes adjacent to the residence, which is a single-storey extending to circa 60.37m ².
Behind the main yard is a 7f triangular sand and fibre gallop in current use, while lot 2 also has a lunging ring, an 8-bay horse walker and a loading bay.
Other facilities include a 5-span haybarn, a 3-span haybarn, a 2-span haybarn, a machinery storage shed, a wash bay area, a pump house, parking facilities, a tack room, a feed room, and an outdoor toilet.
Services include a mains and private water connection, electricity, septic tank drainage and OFCH.
Catherina Cunnane, editor of www.thatsfarming.com, spoke to Stephen Barry of Raymond Potterton about the listing:
“This property has been the location for Kevin Prendergast, trainer, to turn out grade 1 winners for many decades.”
“It is really unusual because this is an offering of 250-acres in The Curragh, and you are not likely to see a farm of this scale in such a prominent location in a hurry again.”
“As you would expect, it is all limestone land and suitable for any agricultural activity and purpose, including the training of equines. The quality of the farm into every corner is excellent.”
“There are circa 62ac under the plough and the rest is in pasture. It is an incredibly beautiful farm and some of it is extremely elevated, in that you can see the Dublin Mountains and the Wicklow Mountains.”
“The property is essentially split in two with a guide price of €3.75 m for lot 1 and the same figure for the second lot. Interest has been brisk to date, and we are now in our second week of activity, with 50% of potential customers interested in the entire and the remaining 50% expressing an interest in lots.”
“Both lots are much an equilibrium on size, with a stable yard and residence with both lots. To add to this, it is in an outstanding location, positioned within the bloodstock capital of Ireland.”
“There are three racecourses to boast, including being adjacent to the home of the Irish classics at The Curragh, along with the host of the Irish National Hunt festival at Punchestown,” he concluded.
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