Located in an idyllic setting on a hillside amidst woodland near the Waterford county town of Dungarvan, a 24-acre residential holding currently listed with Dungarvan-based auctioneers Harty & Co definitely fits into the category of ‘hobby farm’ rather than large-scale commercial farm.
The property is situated in the townland of Cappagh, close to Farnane Wood, a well-known recreational woodland area off the main Dungarvan to Cappoquin road.
This holding is located in a peaceful valley setting with the Farnane River forming part of its boundary.
Approximately ten acres is given over to mature woodland and approximately eight acres is good quality grazing land, according to the selling agents.
“It’s a really lovely setting,” says Margaret Harty. “The forestry land runs along the banks of the Farnane River. It’s very much a quiet, secluded location.”
The dwelling is a traditional-style cottage which is in sound habitable condition, although in need of some modernisation, according to the selling agents. Accommodation includes a galley kitchen, living room (with wood-burning stove), open stairs to a mezzanine, parlour (also with wood-burning stove), sun-room, stairs to a loft room, bedroom, and bathroom. “The house is in reasonable condition,” says Margaret Harty. “Certainly, you could live in it but it does need refurbishment. The house does have charm and value as it stands. I would think that it would be more suitable to a hobby farmer kind of client,” says Margaret, “somebody who likes the outdoor life.
There are already some elements in place for such a project. Along with the mature woodland and river, there is also a series of huts and chalets that could be used or developed as accommodation for a tourism business that could work alongside some small-scale farming.
“It’s the kind of place that you could have orienteering or walking or paint-balling, those kinds of outdoor pursuits.”
The river running through the property and forming some of its southern boundary is an aesthetically strong asset, says Margaret, who points out that the current owners developed some ponds within the property, with walkways around them.
The land in this part of the world tends to be gently undulating, with good quality soil and a good deal of dairy farming. The location of this particular property is at a point where that kind of topography meets the foothills that lead towards the Comeragh Mountains. The next owners could combine farming with a tourism pursuit, a chance to “live the dream” in a stunning setting. The asking price is €250,000. According to the selling agents, interest in this unique rural property is already building.