The vibrant rural area to the south of Mallow benefits from a mixed farming scene and deep, rich soil.
Over the last three or four years, any medium-to-large holdings of quality that have come up in this part of the world have been much sought-after, and have registered strong sale prices.
It’s also an area whose farming scene benefits from its proximity to the large market town of Mallow (the local administrative centre for North Cork) as well as its proximity to Cork City via the N20 road.
It’s just beside this N20 road where a piece of land being presented to the market by farmland specialist auctioneer Christy Buckley is located.
It’s a 72-acre residential farm located in the townland of Carrigduff, only 5km south of the centre of Mallow.
“It’s 72 acres in all,” says Christy, “with an old house on the farm. It also has a farmyard and it has full planning permission for a dwelling.”
The existence of the planning permission opens up a number of options in terms of selling this holding. The permission was given evidently to replace the older traditional house, but it also means that the possibility exists of selling the farm in lots. The agent points out that while the intention and preference is to sell the property in one lot, he isn’t ruling out the eventuality of it being broken into lots.
“It can be offered in one or more lots, but it would be preferred to sell it as one,” says Christy.
The land is all in grass and is described as good quality land by the selling agent, who also points out that there are very nice views from the farm, in this pleasant zone of wide open countryside.
The tradition of tillage farming here is every bit as strong as that of dairy farming. Beet was the traditional crop in the past, when it was required for the sugar beet factory in Mallow, while that was in operation. Nowadays, the mixed nature of agricultural activity is still there, with plenty of beef farmers nearby too.
The outbuildings represent a useful collection that includes a hay barn and lean-to structures.
“It’s very well cared for, for that size of a farm,” says Christy. With the variety and level of activity in the catchment area of this farm, one would expect a good deal of suitors to be putting their foot forward over the coming weeks and month.
There aren’t any entitlements going with the holding, which was let for a number of years, but was well cared for (as the agent points out) during all of that time. The property also benefits from good road frontage onto a public road — something which always increases a farm’s viability as an outside holding.
It will be interesting to find out over the course of time whether or not it will end up selling in lots. The good access, and the existence of a full planning permission, may very well tempt the market sector of those seeking a place to reside primarily, along with a parcel of land. At the same time, the hunger for land in this area should mean the land itself will receive most of the attention.
The asking price of €10,000 per acre reflects that, but with the addition of the valuable site with full planning permission, it’s certainly a piece of agricultural land with benefits.
“That price with the planning permission is very good value,” says Christy. “Not only that, but it’s full planning permission too.”
Details on the planning permission can be obtained from the agent along with other details of this substantial piece of property.
One would imagine that it won’t be around for too long on the market.