Farm on edge of west Cork's Roaringwater Bay for €600,000

Aerial view of the 33-acre residential waterfront farm at Collatrum More, Church Cross, Skibbereen.

A 33-acre residential holding with a large stretch of waterfront in West Cork is priced more with its aesthetic charms in mind rather than its considerable agricultural value.

The property is listed with Skibbereen-based auctioneer Charles McCarthy and is located in the townland of Collatrum More near the village of Church Cross. This is also close to Lisheen, a place that will be forever associated with the famous O’Donovan brothers of Olympic rowing fame.

“There are approximately 25 acres of good land,” says Charles. “It’s very kind land – south facing and it’s in one square block.”

According to the selling agents, this is a holding that has been well farmed over the years and would be suitable for a wide range of agricultural and horticultural uses.

“There’s a long driveway into the old house. It’s an old traditional farmhouse in basic sound repair and there are a number of old outbuildings that can be restored.”

The house was built around 1929 and has three rooms on the ground floor and three rooms on the first floor. The ruins on site also include the walls of a pre-famine dwelling.

There’s a little shingle beach there and the property includes one side of a harbour. It goes right out onto Roaringwater Bay and Baltimore Harbour.

The access to the water ensures that it’s possible to get out into the bay at all tides and it’s the unique location and privacy that gives this holding a value that is well in excess of its nominal agricultural value.

“It’s very rare that a property like this with so much frontage onto the water comes on the market without any rights of way issues and with a building on it… Roaringwater Bay is the big attraction for everybody and from here, you’re on the bay within a couple of minutes.

“It would be a wonderful place for a horticultural set-up. It’s very well protected land with a south-facing aspect.”

The asking price of €600,000 reflects all of these rare qualities gathered together in one idyllic spot down by the water and whoever farms these acres will be someone willing to invest in such beauty.

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