A large farm holding with plenty of quality both in the land and the building structures that come with it will always ignite a great amount of interest, writes Conor Power.
The 126-acre farm for sale at Tullineasky East near Clonakilty in West Cork is one that fits this exceedingly rare bill.
It’s listed jointly with Hodnett Forde of Clonakilty and Ballinhassig-based auctioneer Christy Buckley.
The access and location are particularly enticing, and the farm is on West Cork’s main artery, the N71. This is the eastern end of West Cork, where the land quality is good, and a strong tradition of dairying has been enhanced by growing farms, and a growing reputation as Ireland’s food capital.
“It’s located less than 5km to the west of Clonakilty,” says joint selling agent John Hodnett. “It has extensive road frontage, both on to the N71 and another secondary public road.
“The lands are laid out in pasture, with the exception of five acres of forestry, which is located at the north end of the folio. The property is laid out in a number of large fields, and is paddocked. They also have the benefit of a central farm roadway for ease of management.”
Although the lands have been let for some time, they have been well-maintained, according to the selling agents.
“It’s laid out as a dairy farm enterprise, and is currently operating as same. The land is of good quality, easily accessed and easily managed,” he points out.
The buildings with this residential holding are equally impressive. There is a two-storey farmhouse, a manager’s dwelling, and a collection of outbuildings, all in excellent condition.
“There’s a substantial amount of farm buildings,” says John. “These include a 14-unit milking parlour with Dairymaster equipment and automatic feeders. There are cubicles for roughly 130 cows, there are calf pens, a hay barn, a workshop, two silage pits and a circular over-ground slurry tank.”
The residence cuts a very fine presence.
It is an extended traditional design that’s been well maintained over the years, and is a four-bedroom house. It features four bathrooms, two reception rooms, a sunroom and exterior raised decking.
The manager’s house is another valuable addition to this unique package. Located next to but entirely separate from the main dwelling house, it is a cut-stone, high-quality build, with plenty of spacious accommodation inside. The flooring is traditional slate in the large fitted kitchen and the living room features a timber floor, and stone fireplace with fitted stove.
“It has a kitchen-living area, two bedrooms and a bathroom,” says John.
“Similar to the lands and farm buildings, both of these residential buildings are in excellent condition throughout and are finished to an exceptionally high standard.”
Services are all laid on. The water supply is from a private well. Electricity is connected, and there are private sewage facilities. There are no entitlements with the property.
It is, in the words of the selling agent, “a turnkey operation… you can simply hang up your hat and walk in.
“Overall, it’s in very good condition, you’d have to say. It’s been very well farmed and it’s a very good early grass farm.”
The farm is only on the market a matter of days but there is already a considerable amount of interest, with a good number of interested parties making contact with the agents.
It’s such a rare property that putting a price on it is not the easiest task. Those looking for a large tract of land may not all be looking for good quality accommodation to go with it, while those looking for a good house with some land close to a main road and a major town may not want such a large amount.
Nevertheless, the price expectation of “between €1,750,000 and €2,000,000” would certainly add up to the sum of its parts.