Lisheen farm price is €1.5m

ONE and a half million euro is the asking price for this 26 acre farm at Ardnagroherey, near Church Cross, Skibbereen, and while it might make some farmers gasp, locals are a little blasé about elevated West Cork prices.

The land of west Cork, tenaciously held onto through famine, war, and mass emigration is now turning into gold as rich Irish replace rich Europeans in the rush for coastal properties. This Lisheen farm is not quite on Roaringwater Bay, but it’s only a paddock away, and has magnificent views of the land and sea, says auctioneer Maeve McCarthy.

The property has a typical West Cork farmhouse that’s in very good condition, and there’s a very attractive stone yard. This has huge development potential, says Ms McCarthy, of the family firm of Charles McCarthy Auctioneers, Skibbereen.

It’s close to local piers, such as Turk Head, Laheratanavalley and Cunnamore, which is the access point for Heir Island. And Minihan’s Pub, a local landmark, it just a short stroll away for the evening’s entertainment. More sophisticated wining and dining can be had at the Island Cottage Restaurant on Heir Island, or at Skibbereen, Ballydehob, Schull or Baltimore, all within easy reach.

The orange finger of Jeremy Iron’s and Sinead Cusack’s Kilcoe Castle can be seen from the farmhouse, and the views take in a good many of Carbery’s Hundred Isles, a great location for sailing.

The farm’s 26 acres will appeal to the hobby farmer or organic enthusiast. Good quality grazing land, it’s all in one block and has extensive road frontage: according to Ms McCarthy, it’s suitable for any agricultural use.

The farmhouse includes a sitting room with an old Stanley stove, a kitchen, bathroom and a dining room with an old fireplace. The upper floor has three bedrooms, and the yard includes a modern hay barn.

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