'An excellent opportunity to acquire a residential farm and unique business opportunity on circa 61 acres'

Rathwood Farm comprises around 20 acres of quality agricultural lands, 27.4 acres of native species woodland (now in year six) and approximately 13.8 acres of recently planted native species woodland (2022).

Full Planning Permission for six glamping pods, a communal building and associated siteworks was granted in December 2019, while the wider site includes paths, bridleways, community allotments and a Christmas tree plantation.

Now on the market through JF Speers and Son, the sale of Rathwood Farm presents an “excellent opportunity to acquire a residential farm and a unique business opportunity”.

Located on the Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, Newry, the Rathwood Farm concept and business model was dreamt up and initiated by the current owner who, over the last seven years, has been developing the farm in three distinct phases of work, which provide a unique sustainable agro-forestry and permaculture off-grid, closed loop-system.

Rathwood Farm, Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, Newry, is now on the market. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.ukRathwood Farm, Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, Newry, is now on the market. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
Rathwood Farm, Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, Newry, is now on the market. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk

The selling agent explains: “Rathwood is a 25.3 hectare site which, in 2016, was a typical small family farm. An application was made through the Forest Expansion Scheme and, in 2017, 11.11 hectares of native hardwood trees was planted. This was done in sectional woodland fells, with various walking trails and a surrounding bridleway.”

Along with Rathwood Farm there is a domestic three-bedroom detached house. Ideally located adjacent to the main yard, it provides an opportunity to live where you work.

The farm yard includes:

- Open concrete yard with cattle crush

Rathwood Farm, Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, Newry, is now on the market. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.ukRathwood Farm, Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, Newry, is now on the market. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
Rathwood Farm, Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, Newry, is now on the market. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk

- Four bay shed

- Two bay shed with double access

- Lean to machinery store

- Tool shed

Full Planning Permission for six glamping pods, a communal building and associated siteworks was granted in December 2019, while the wider site includes paths, bridleways, community allotments and a Christmas tree plantation. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.ukFull Planning Permission for six glamping pods, a communal building and associated siteworks was granted in December 2019, while the wider site includes paths, bridleways, community allotments and a Christmas tree plantation. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
Full Planning Permission for six glamping pods, a communal building and associated siteworks was granted in December 2019, while the wider site includes paths, bridleways, community allotments and a Christmas tree plantation. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk

As the existing main woodland is now six years established, pruning of the lower stems and removal of protective covers has begun. At this early stage, certain rare breeds of sheep may be introduced into the woodland fells. It is proposed, over the next four to five years, to begin sectioning off all the various fells to do just that.

By 2027, it is proposed rare breed cattle and pigs are also introduced, along with the sheep. Sowing a mixed seed of wild flower, perennial and cereal grains after grazing, will “vastly improve biodiversity of the woodland and will sustain the livestock and other wildlife over winter”.

The community allotments, meanwhile, comprise 12 plots. The members grow various types of vegetables for their own households, but 20 per cent from each plot is sold through two local farm shops - this covers their rent, seed, compost etc for each season.

There is also a total of 15 double row beds which are used to produce extra food for local shops, with 100 per cent of this going out to sale.

Rathwood Farm comprises around 20 acres of quality agricultural lands, 27.4 acres of native species woodland (now in year six) and approximately 13.8 acres of recently planted native species woodland (2022). Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.ukRathwood Farm comprises around 20 acres of quality agricultural lands, 27.4 acres of native species woodland (now in year six) and approximately 13.8 acres of recently planted native species woodland (2022). Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
Rathwood Farm comprises around 20 acres of quality agricultural lands, 27.4 acres of native species woodland (now in year six) and approximately 13.8 acres of recently planted native species woodland (2022). Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk

The community allotments are situated alongside a Christmas tree plot, which is to be fenced off to allow free range chickens to be introduced for eggs and poultry production.

A communal orchard includes various native species of eating/cooking apple, pear and plum trees, all for fruit production.

The site of Rathwood Farm Luxury Glamping Pods has views over the complete Mourne mountain range with glamping pod sites aligned to mountain peaks.

The glamping site was operational between May 2021 and February 2022 creating a gross turnover of £96.5k during this time and, while in operation, received a 4.3 trust pilot score with over 458 reviews.

To find out more about Rathwood Farm, you can view the listing in full here, or contact JF Speers and Son on Tel. 02841762212 or email: [email protected]

Full Planning Permission for six glamping pods, a communal building and associated siteworks was granted in December 2019, while the wider site includes paths, bridleways, community allotments and a Christmas tree plantation. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.ukFull Planning Permission for six glamping pods, a communal building and associated siteworks was granted in December 2019, while the wider site includes paths, bridleways, community allotments and a Christmas tree plantation. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
Full Planning Permission for six glamping pods, a communal building and associated siteworks was granted in December 2019, while the wider site includes paths, bridleways, community allotments and a Christmas tree plantation. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
The farm yard includes an open concrete yard with cattle crush, four bay shed, two bay shed with double access, lean to machinery store and tool shed. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.ukThe farm yard includes an open concrete yard with cattle crush, four bay shed, two bay shed with double access, lean to machinery store and tool shed. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
The farm yard includes an open concrete yard with cattle crush, four bay shed, two bay shed with double access, lean to machinery store and tool shed. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
The farm yard includes an open concrete yard with cattle crush, four bay shed, two bay shed with double access, lean to machinery store and tool shed. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.ukThe farm yard includes an open concrete yard with cattle crush, four bay shed, two bay shed with double access, lean to machinery store and tool shed. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
The farm yard includes an open concrete yard with cattle crush, four bay shed, two bay shed with double access, lean to machinery store and tool shed. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
The Rathwood Farm concept and business model was dreamt up and initiated by the current owner. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.ukThe Rathwood Farm concept and business model was dreamt up and initiated by the current owner. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
The Rathwood Farm concept and business model was dreamt up and initiated by the current owner. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
Rathwood Farm, Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, Newry, is now on the market. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.ukRathwood Farm, Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, Newry, is now on the market. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk
Rathwood Farm, Ringclare Road, Donaghmore, Newry, is now on the market. Image: www.jfspeersandson.co.uk