A 44ac farm with good land, a nice farmhouse and a farmyard has come on the market in west Donegal. The holding is outside Ballintra and it’s for sale from Johnson’s Estate Agents by private treaty.
It will generate a good level of interest given that the amount of farmland that goes on sale in the county in any year is relatively small and the number of residential farms smaller again.
This farm has a number of positives going for it. It’s in an area of good, intensive livestock and dairy farming. The area is also near beaches and, therefore, popular for leisure activities, with plenty of holiday homes and tourist accommodation around.
The farm is located at Lacklum. It’s just 1.5km from the N15 route linking Sligo to Derry. Donegal town is 12km to the north, Ballyshannon 12km to the south, both along the N15. The popular Murvagh Beach is 2.5km away.
The land lies on both sides of a local road in near equal portions. The Murvagh River also flows through the farm, giving a year-round natural water supply. Most of the land is elevated and good quality. There is mature boundary and internal hedging.
The residence and yard are together and situated close to the roadside and look down on the river, which is alongside. There are separate entrances to the house and farmyard.
The three-bed farmhouse is traditional in style and is two storeys high. It has oil heating. The house has been maintained in very good condition and is ready to move into. It has been rented out for a number of years. There are low-maintenance pebbled areas at the front and sides of the house.
There are a number of sheds in the farmyard. The biggest is a round roofed hayshed with a wide lean-to on each side. At present, this shed is being used to store machinery, fertilizer, etc.
There is another shed at the rear of this one which suffered storm damage some years ago. It could be made good again with repairs.
The asking price for this farm is €600,000. According to the auctioneers there have been plenty of enquiries already and an opening offer has been made.