The 55ac residential farm at Bellfield, Gaybrook, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, on the books of Murtagh Bros, Auctioneers, Estate Agents & Valuers, Mullingar is relatively new to the market but has been attracting a lot of interest.
This offering is a nice self-contained parcel of top-quality farm ground. The farm was previously part of the estate of Gaybrook house in the 1800s and was home to the Smyth family. It found its current incarnation through the work of the Land Commission. The old stables and yard of Gaybrook Demesne are in the adjoining holding close to the rear of the property. Construction of the dwelling house and yard took place when the property was taken on in the 1950s.
While there is no farm roadway as such, the fact the land is all in one block contained within a natural boundary means there is scope to put a paddock system in place if required. Road frontage is there in abundance with over 600m, which has a natural hedgerow boundary well set back from the public road.
Describing the property, auctioneer, Dillon Murtagh said: “There isn’t a scrap of waste here. Outside the house and yard the only part of the lands not for agricultural use is a lake that is roughly an acre in size.
“The lands are free draining, superb quality and it’s currently in grass and is well suited to any farm enterprise. The house is in good condition but requires some modernisation.”
Perceived as waste, agriculturally, with environmental measures grabbing headlines in the latest CAP discussions, there could be more value placed on features like the lake in future. There is a mains water supply and the boundaries are well fenced.
The house and farmyard
The residence is a detached four-bedroom bungalow which is set back from the public road and accessed via a short drive way. It is on an elevated site with views over the surrounding countryside. With it’s central location, this four-bed family home with two bathrooms offers immense potential within minutes of Rochfortbridge, Milltownpass and Mullingar.
While the purchaser may wish to modernise the house to their liking it is ready to go if required for immediate use. The bungalow is dry lined, had double-glazed UPVC windows installed and is fitted with an oil fired central heating system.
Set back a little from the house, the farmyard is relatively centrally located. The yard consists of a large three bay straw bedded shed with concrete yard and cattle crush. The remainder of the buildings are made up of a large fuel shed and a number of smaller outbuildings.
Within a short drive of the M6 motorway, the farm is roughly halfway between Mullingar and Rochfortbridge, located on the local road L5131.
Dillon Murtagh said there has been quite a bit of interest already. It’s guided at €750,000.