Part of the lands of the Perceval-Maxwell and Jameson families in West Waterford, this exquisitely located farm was put on the market in late summer at a guide price in the region of 2 million.
Originally held by a patchwork of owners and very wet, this virtual island was drained using Dutch technology by John Maxwell in the 1970’s and has been used for grazing sheep and cattle for the most part, but is also ideal for tillage.
Despite a number of interested parties, there was only one serious contender for the farm, and his identity is unknown as the purchase was made in trust by a solicitor.
Auctioneer Christy Buckley handled what was an unusual sale in many ways, especially in terms of the lay of the land, the acreage involved and water frontage on two sides.
Camphire Farm is four miles from the heritage town of Lismore, and the same distance again from Tallow.
Mr Buckley has three significantly smaller holdings on his books at the moment in Co Cork.
The first is an 11 acre parcel just outside Mitchelstown on the Cahir road which can be sold in one or more lots and has site potential. It also comes with frontage onto four roads and the main Cork/Dublin road is just a quarter mile away. The guide price is in the region of 12,000 per acre.
The second farm is at Kinsale where two fields of 30 acres are for sale at a guide price of 10,000 per acre. Located on the Shippool to Dunderrow road and overlooking the Bandon estuary, this is a fine tillage holding, says Mr Buckley with good road frontage. The sale should go very well, says the agent, who also expects interest from non-farmers.
At Carrigadrohid, near Macroom, Mr Buckley is selling 40 acres in wooden and elevated location.
The sweetener here is outline planning permission for one residence, which makes it very desirable as a hobby farm. It is fully eligible and is also suitable for grazing.