One of the most extensive farms to come onto the market in recent times is a 341ac arable and dairy farm with a historic house, a modern courtyard and a range of additional habitable accommodation near Baltinglass in Co Wicklow.
The sale of the Fortgranite home and grounds is being handled by Joe Kinsella of Kinsella Auctioneers and is estimated to cost between €4.5 million and €5 million.
For centuries the property was owned by the Dennis family, direct descendants of Gulliver’s Travels Author Jonathan Swift.
Meade Dennis started the dairy business in Fortgranite in the 1950’s and was taken over by his son Piers in the 1960’s. In 2019 it changed hands and has been leased ever since.
The land is laid out in 20 divisions and is described as “prime soil in a good heart” with dairy infrastructure that produced milk for some 60 years.
It has been farmed for arable farming and grass in recent years
A 285ac block containing the residence and courtyards forms the main core of the property. About 100ac produced beets, barley and corn, of which 100ac are on permanent pastures, while 85ac are on parkland and meadows.
A local road bisects the property leaving 45 Ac separated from the rest, of which 25 Ac was beet and 20 Ac was grass.
According to Joe Kinsella, the place was well managed.
A good internal road allows access to much of the land, while the infrastructure on the farm is modern and functional.
It includes 220 cubicles with slatted floors, a milking parlor with a capacity of 18 units, automatic feeders and an 8,800 liter bulk tank.
Other facilities include open silage pits, two silos, slurry tanks, hay barns, a cattle shed and stockyard.
There is also a technical room, an office and a workshop.
A wide range of granite stone farm buildings are laid out in traditional courtyards and include nine loose boxes and a variety of storerooms.
The 11,803 square foot Fortgranite House was built in the 1720’s, remodeled in the 1870’s, upgraded in 1969 and is now in need of a complete renovation and upgrade.
The property is largely walled and entered through a Regency Gate Lodge modeled after the original family crest.
The main house is an 11 bedroom Georgian building. The three-story basement dwelling has a drawing room and breakfast room, as well as a dining room, library, breakfast room, kitchen, back hall, inner hall, pantry and cloakroom.
On the first floor there are six master bedrooms and two bathrooms with lovely views over the parkland and gardens.
Another four bedrooms and two bathrooms are located at the back of the house.
Other houses on the property are ‘Doyle’s Lodge’ with a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom; ‘Lennon’s Lodge is a one bedroom residence whilst the Manager’s House has three bedrooms. ‘The Herder’s Cottage’ is a two bedroom apartment.
The house is surrounded by lush gardens including a lake with an island, a former tennis court and a large collection of trees on the Tree Council’s Irish Tree Register.
According to Mr. Kinsella, while the owners’ preference is to sell the property in its entirety, the seller is willing to sell lots if options arise.
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/farm-property/leinster-farm-sales/check-out-the-341ac-wicklow-estate-with-jonathan-swift-connections-thats-on-the-market-for-45-to-5m-41555900.html Check out Jonathan Swift’s 341ac Wicklow estate, which is on the market for €4.5m to €5m