Bellair Estate has an excellent situation on the Offaly/Westmeath county border in the heart of the Irish Midlands.
County Offaly is named after the ancient Kingdom of Uí Failghe and was formerly known as King's County while Westmeath originally formed part of the historic Kingdom of Meath. It was named Mide because the Kingdom was located in the geographical centre of Ireland but was split into two counties, Meath and Westmeath in 1541.
The market town of Clara is just 9 kilometres distant from Bellair Estate. Set on the River Brosna it has an array of amenities including restaurants, pubs, schools, churches, shops and boutique stores.
Tullamore (20 km) and Athlone (24 km) are two larger, vibrant neighbouring towns with an abundance of good restaurants, hotels, pubs, supermarkets and a variety of boutiques and retail stores. Tullamore is the capital town of the county of Offaly and arguably the most central town in Ireland, located halfway between Dublin and Galway. Tullamore is famous for its Tullamore Dew whiskey which is based on the banks of the Grand Canal and is a popular tourist attraction. Athlone is located on the banks of the River Shannon and is the second most populous town in the Midlands region with numerous boating and fishing opportunities. There are a number of retail stores here including Athlone Towncentre shopping centre which contains a large number of high street brands and stylish boutiques.
Dublin city centre is about 114 kilometres to the east of the estate and offers the full range of amenities, services and culture expected of a capital city.
Bellair Estate is surrounded by an excellent transportation system with bus and rail services available in Clara. Dublin's International Airport is 120 kilometres to the east and can be conveniently accessed via the M6 (10 km) and M50. Dublin Port, situated to the northeast of Dublin city centre, is about 117 kilometres distant from Bellair Estate with regular ferry crossings to the UK.
The area surrounding Bellair Estate is renowned for its productive dairy and stock-rearing farms and as such, has a well-developed agricultural infrastructure including a good selection of merchants, milk processors, livestock markets and abattoirs. The landscape in the county is diverse, ranging from fertile, level land to bog areas producing turf in the summer months.
The nearby area offers a wide range of quality sporting and recreational activities including, rugby, GAA, soccer, swimming, horse riding and tennis. The keen huntsman has a choice of packs, notably the Brosna Foxhounds, Westmeath Foxhounds and The East Galway Foxhounds.
Golfers are well catered for in the surrounding area. Mote Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole parkland course just 10 kilometres distant. Other courses include Tullmore Golf Club (21 km) which was rated as 21st in the Top 100 golf courses in Ireland in the 2019 Irish Golfer Magazine and Athlone Golf Club (30 km) situated on the banks of Lough Ree.
There are a number of exciting driven pheasant shoots in the area, some of which offer let days.
Local schooling is available in the area including Scoil Bhride (10 km) and St Francis Boys Nation School (10 km) in Clara. There are a number of secondary schools available in both Tullamore and Athlone, with Athlone also providing third level education at Technological University of the Shannon.
Private schooling is available at Cistercian College, Roscrea (53 km), Wilson's Hospital College (48 km) and Clongowes Wood College (86 km) to name a few.
Bellair Estate is a superb agricultural and residential estate with amenity extending to about 345 acres (140 hectares) in total. Situated in the heart of Ireland and occupying a private, rural location, the estate is extremely accessible, with the M6 situated 10 kilometres to the north.
Bellair Estate comprises a rare combination of assets, including a charming country house at its core. The house is set within historic parkland and includes well-balanced and beautifully proportioned accommodation.
A key feature of the estate is the dairy farm which carries a highly productive herd of dairy cows. There is a modern dairy complex with a 32-unit rotary parlour and a single shed providing winter accommodation for the entire milking herd, including 350 cow cubicles. A 5-bedroom modern house provides secondary residential accommodation and is presently occupied by the Farm Manager, while an uninhabited gate lodge offers the potential to provide further accommodation.
There is a further range of historic outbuildings which are of traditional construction and are centred upon a former cheesemaking plant.
A particular advantage of the estate is the extent and quality of the farmland which lies in a contiguous block. A notable feature of the farmland is the excellent infrastructure, including good access via the public roads and a network of internal tracks, fencing and water supply.
There is an abundance of amenity at Bellair, which is surrounded by a diverse rural landscape.
The estate is for sale as a whole by private treaty, with a preference for a sale on a lock, stock and barrel basis.