A substantial holding in West Cork has just been put on the market in West Cork, for sale with Clonakilty-based auctioneer Henry O’Leary.
The 72.75-acre farm is in the townland of Garlands, between the twin villages of Enniskeane-Ballineen, and the village of Coppeen.
The land in this area is of reasonably good quality and there is a mixture of dairy farming and tillage dominating on the lower fertile fields with sheep farming and forestry more prevalent on the higher reaches.
This property is as good an example as any of the kind of quality grassland available in the area, according to the selling agents, and it cuts an attractive presence firstly because of its good condition and its rarity, and secondly because of its good access that includes a long stretch of road frontage.
“It’s as good as there is in the area,” says Henry.
“It would be considered a prime farm”.
According to the selling agent, the rich fertile farmland here has been well farmed over the years and is currently laid out in well managed permanent pasture but would lend itself to any agricultural activity.
The generous degree of road frontage allows for multiple access points.
“There’s road frontage on three sides of it.”
This level of ease of access means it can be sold either in lots or as one block.
The lot sizes and divisions are open for discussion, but as things stand, there are four suggested lots, as well as the overall holding up for offer.
Lot 1 consists of 23 acres; Lot 2 is 35.5 acres; Lot 3 is 11 acres; Lot 4 consists of the farmhouse on 3.25 acres.
This latter building is in a derelict state, but its presence may be of interest to someone looking for a house and a couple of acres on which to live.
Although it would need to be entirely refurbished, the dwelling is in a very attractive setting surrounded by mature trees.
There are also a number of old stone buildings that would be ripe for anyone looking for a restoration project to make use of them.
The land hasn’t suffered, however, and there is plenty of interest in the holding, even at this relatively early stage and, according to the selling agents, there is already an offer on one of the lots.
“It’s only on the market and already there is an offer on one of the lots, the 23-acre Lot 1.
“The land has a nice south-westerly aspect,” says Henry.
“The land is all in grass and it’s being used as grazing and silage ground, but to be fair, this land would be suitable for any crop.”
The price guide is €900,000.
At a rate of €12,000 per acre, this is quite a strong price for the area but, as the agent says, “This farm is in the heart of dairy farming country too, so I suppose that when there are dairy farmers in the area, you’d consider that the interest would be local.
“But, considering the size of the farm, it’s big enough to put a bit of effort into travelling to it as well.”