By Conor Power
Lying just to the north of the West Cork town of Dunmanway, a 65-acre residential holding is barely on the market and already attracting interest.
According to selling agent Daniel Lehane of Lehanes & Associates in Dunmanway, there have already been phonecalls and viewings of the property, with some portions of it generating more interest than others.
The farm is dissected by two public roads and the property is currently being offered in four separate lots, as well as in its entirety.
Lot 1 consists of the farmhouse on about three quarters of an acre. Lot 2 is a 22.2 acre holding with a farmyard. Lot 3 consists of 38.3 acres, and Lot 4 is a small 3.65-acre holding.
The residence is one of the star attractions already.
It’s an elegant extended farmhouse which, although not having been lived in for quite a while and in need of some refurbishment or modernisation, is in reasonably good condition.
Daniel says: “The house wouldn’t have been occupied for a number of years, so it would be showing the usual signs of not having been lived in, with a bit of dampness here and there.
“Overall, it would be quite good structurally, and I suppose the location means that it can be separated from the farm quite easily, and it would be within about 200m of St Patrick’s Church, so it’s in the country but very close to the town centre too, on the Spa Road.”
Accommodation consists of a kitchen/dining room, sitting room, dining room, utility room and bathroom, on the ground floor. On the first floor, a landing leads to four bedrooms and a bathroom.
The land has been rented for several years and is of mixed quality, according to Daniel: “The land on Lot 2 (with 22 acres and a farmyard) wouldn’t have seen too much reseeding and drainage over the years, but would be potentially quite good land. You also have a cut-stone building on it which would originally have been a dwelling house. It’s located across the road from the current dwelling.”
The Spa Road divides Lot 2 and another length of road frontage (the main Macroom road) runs along the eastern edge. “Lot 3 consists of more mixed land of 38 acres, with about 12 acres of it being quite good at the northern end of it. The rest of it would be rough grazing and some native scrubland. It also has extensive road frontage along the main Macroom-Dunmanway road.”
Lot 4 is a small, triangular roadside piece of land, currently in native woodland. “It would probably be suitable for planting, as would Lot 3,” says Daniel, “for native hardwoods and for spruce trees, depending on the forestry approval.”
Lot 2, Daniel says, is at the edge of the town development boundary, so that a lot of the lands over the ditch from it are zoned residential. This puts the parcel in an interesting area where the use is strictly agricultural as things stand but, in theory, it may represent a good long-term investment. In any case, the reaction so far has been encouraging.
Daniel says: “The house is picturesque in its own way, it’s a traditional farmhouse. You have 65 acres, which is a good-sized farm. A lot of that land could be brought into being quite good and because it’s at the edge of town, it’s of interest to a lot of people. Already, there’s been overseas interest and a lot of local interest in the house.”
Because of the combination of location and other elements, Daniel believes Lots 1 and 2 will draw the greatest levels of interest.
The overall guide price is €450,000 to €475,000.