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Ringdufferin Road,

Downpatrick, BT30 9PH

Agricultural Land (with FPP)

Sale agreed

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Savills (NI) Ltd

Key Information

Price

Last listed at Offers over £1,400,000

Land type

Agricultural Land (with FPP)

Size

83.69 acres

Planning

Full Planning Permission

Status

Sale agreed

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Features

  • CLOSING: THURSDAY 26TH JANUARY 2023 AT 12 NOON  
  • Spectacular views over Strangford Lough
  • Full planning permission for a replacement dwelling under planning reference LA07/2021/1824/F (decision pending)
  • Detached bungalow which benefits from potential for a replacement dwelling (subject to planning)
  • Approx. 76.52 acres (30.97 ha) of arable/ploughable pasture
  • Approx. 7.17 acres (2.90 ha) of miscellaneous
  • General purpose lean-to barn

INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE A CONTIGUOUS BLOCK OF LAND EXTENDING TO APPROX. 83.69 ACRES IN TOTAL

CLOSING: THURSDAY 26TH JANUARY 2023 AT 12 NOON 

The subject lands previously comprised of Ringdufferin Golf Club until 2011 when the course closed. The land was then reclassified as agricultural land and was deep ploughed and power harrowed before being sprayed with fertiliser and sown in order to bring it back to its current arable condition.

Situated amongst the Drumlin Hills, the land is located on the shores of Strangford Lough with spectacular panoramic views over the lough & surrounding County Down landscape. The land extends to a total area of 83.69 acres, of which 76.52 acres is arable. The free-draining, productive farmland is laid out over 12 fields, with each generally of a good shape & size for modern agriculture.

The topography is a combination of level and gently undulating land, ranging in elevation from about 9 metres (29.5 feet) above sea level at the south of the farm and about 20 metres (65.6 feet) above sea level at the north of the farm.

The land lies within a continuous block and has been well tended to by the current owners. It benefits from mains water and can be easily accessed from Ringdufferin Road. Arable crops are grown on the land including winter wheat and spring barley. The land further benefits from a lean-to barn at the south which has been used for storage in recent years.

Situated to the south of the land fronting the lough is the former farmhouse, in which a live full planning application is being processed for a replacement dwelling under planning reference LA07/2021/1824/F (decision pending). This presents an extremely rare opportunity to purchase one of the finest sites on Strangford Lough for a 2-storey, 5-bed detached dwelling designed by the award winning 2020 architects. The subject site extends to a total of 0.7 acres.

The land further benefits from a second site to the north-east consisting of a detached bungalow which has potential for a replacement dwelling subject to planning. Planning permission has been lodged under LA07/2022/1753/0 for this replacement dwelling. For the avoidance of doubt the sale of this lot will not be conditional upon outline planning permission being granted. This site currently comprises a derelict bungalow with outhouse/storage shed and is accessed of a private laneway. The site extends to 0.6 acres, and benefits from uninterrupted views of Strangford Lough. Both sites benefit from existing requisite utilities such as water, electric & mains sewage facilities.

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Lying on the southwest corner of Strangford Lough in beautiful County Down, Killyleagh is a plantation town and port accented by the stunning 13th century Killyleagh Castle – one of Ireland’s oldest inhabited castles. The subject lands are located approximately 2.9 miles North of Killyleagh with excellent frontage onto the Ringdufferin Road. The area has a reputation for productive, high-quality farmland at low altitude and has a well-developed agricultural infrastructure, including several agricultural machinery merchants.

The land also conveniently lies a short distance from Killinchy (4 miles) and Downpatrick (8 miles), which offer a wide range of amenities. Downpatrick is situated at the junction of the A7 (Downpatrick to Saintfield and Belfast) road, the A25 (Downpatrick to Newry and Dublin) road and the A2 coast road. Within a 30 minutes’ drive from Belfast, the location serves as a commuter town for a large number of people.

The land comprises the former Ringduffrin Golf Course and is situated behind the former clubhouse, which has since been extended and converted to form Ringduffrin Nursing Home. A key feature of the land is the panoramic views of Strangford Lough, which is the largest sea inlet in the British Isles and was Northern Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve. Strangford Lough is renowned as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest, with six National Nature Reserves within its reaches. The lough is home to over 2,000 species of marine animals and internationally important flocks of wildfowl and wading birds converge there in the winter. Strangford Lough holds a very important geographical location within Ireland for the breeding of common seals.

Local schooling is available at Killinchy Primary School, Killyleagh Integrated Primary school, St Mary’s Primary School, St Colmcille’s High School, St. Mary’s High School, and St Patrick’s Grammar School.

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