Dam fine location to build your trophy house

A DAM fine site, and a rare planning grant, are two of the selling plusses with some 28 acres of land at Inniscarra, Co Cork.

Set just upriver on the Lee, above the hydro-electric dam at Curraghbeg, Ovens, this land parcel with extraordinary views has had a protracted route back to the market, on and off for the best part of a decade.

It last sold with a derelict farmhouse on it, and was bought by a city publican who planned a dream family home here. But, by the time the planning came through (now secured for a 3,600 s ft trophy home to a contemporary design) the family’s needs had changed. Hence its sale.

Ten miles west of Cork city, it is going to make a fantastic setting for a house, with 450 metres of water frontage to the reservoir/lake, which spans some 2,500 acres of flooded land used now for angling, boating and bathing.

Estate agent Conor Smith of Savills HOK seeks €850,000 for the land with its valuable planning permission.

A decade ago, large tourism signs extolled the virtues and attractions of ‘The Beautiful Lee Valley,’ complete with logos of boats, fishing and forestry, and truth be told, if one such ‘decommissioned sign could be found, it wouldn’t go astray at the entry point to this land, which slopes northwards and downwards to the lake.

Tight planning restrictions mean the fields aren’t cluttered with houses and the amenity value and scenic quality of the location is truly immense.

While the planning permission is for a 3,600 sq ft dwelling, the land may also have some scope for fishing, riding, shooting or activity centre, agents SHOK suggest.

Another option/adjunct might be an organic hobby farm, as the land hasn’t been subjected to any chemical or fertilising interference in years.

Ballincollig is about a three mile drive away (the near section of approach road to this site is quite narrow, certainly rural) and Cork’s western suburbs are about eight miles, with the Ballincollig by-pass up and running now and a welcome fact of life since the vendor first thought of locating here.


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