More and more often these days, the farms that come up for sale represent opportunities to extend holdings; mid-sized parcels of land that are already let out, with perhaps some outbuildings and a derelict house, writes Conor Power.
A current listing with Mallow Auctioneers Sherry Fitzgerald O’Donovan is the full package, however: it’s a working residential farm being sold by retiring owners, complete with a range of outbuildings and a very fine residence. All on just over 100 acres of good quality land.
“It’s good land,” says selling agent Michael O’Donovan, “with a good south-westerly aspect.”
The farm is located in the townland of Derrygowna, about 10km south-east of Banteer and 18km west of Mallow, close to the little village of Nadd, in North Cork.
“It’s a warm farm, and it’s all in permanent pasture, although more than 90% of it could be ploughed.”
The area around here leans more towards dairying than to any other sector. That said, the farming scene is mixed and there would no shortage of large operations of both tillage and dairying close by.
“There are some big sheds there. Some of them are slatted and others are cubicles, and others are for use as bedding.”
The full complement of farm buildings includes substantial cattle accommodation, along with calf houses and machinery sheds.
They are efficiently arranged in one block and in good condition, according to the selling agents, with water and electricity supplied.
The lands are all in one block and are divided into easily-worked divisions. There is a good water supply and the Glen River forms part of the boundary on the south-western side.
There is very good road frontage too, with two public roads along its bounds.
The house is an extended two-storey dwelling that enjoys splendid pastoral views, according to the agents: “The house is in very good condition,” says Michael. “It’s a lovely two-storey house. The first time I was in there, I was very impressed with the spectacular views across the valley and it has a nice garden with it.”
The spacious accommodation includes an entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, shower room and rear hall downstairs. On the first floor, there are four bedrooms off a large landing. There is also an outdoor utility room, boiler room and outhouses.
With such an impressive amount of road frontage, the farm would lend itself to sub-division, and even though the property is being offered for sale in its entirety, the selling agents aren’t ruling out the possibility of it ending up being split into lots: “The preferred option is to sell it in one lot. It’s on the market and it’s there to be sold, so we’re open to any offer in that regard.”
The asking price is €1,100,000.