Residential tillage farm is ripe for the picking

Here’s a fine fruit to pluck for the spring market — a residential tillage and grazing farm at Churchtown in Co Cork.

In one block, with a modern house at its centre and a selection of farm buildings, this is a retirement sale, timed to take advantage of bullish land prices and rumours of a reference year.

This Cullig, Churchtown property is on the market with joint agents Christy Buckley of Ballinhassig and Tom Sheahan of Buttevant, and the guide price reflects current levels — it’s on offer at €1.75m for 136 acres.

Including the fine five-bed residence and large farmyard, and considering recent results for tillage land, (see Kilgobbin result on this page), the guide price of €13,000 per acre is reasonable.

“This is an outstanding farm property. It’s half and half under grass and winter wheat, but I have absolutely no problem in saying it’s a beautiful farm,” says Tom Sheahan.

“It’s approached by a very fine roadway and was once run as a dairy farm and is suitable for any kind of farming. It’s ideal and it’s large enough for a modern dairy too.

The property’s only disadvantage is that access is via a laneway from the main road, but Tom Sheahan doesn’t see that it will put off the vendors.

“It’s a farmer’s farm. Generally, they’re not particular about wanting road frontage, they just want every square inch of useable land to maximise output,” he says.

“This is a beautiful farm, and I hope it goes very well for the vendor who’s retiring from active farming. The land has been let in recent years, but it’s been very well farmed down the years.”

In one block with easy access to its eight fields, this farm includes a modern and comfortable home with four double rooms, two large reception rooms and a fully fitted kitchen dining room, with heating through an oil fired cooker. The property has mains water and private drainage.

The yard, fully enclosed to the rear of the house, has some attractive stone and slate buildings, a loose shed and a large concrete apron. Outside the wall are two hay sheds and to the north is a large cubicle house with automatic scrapers and housing for 60 head. A disused milking parlour with a 10-cow capacity is included, leading onto a concrete holding yard.

The land bounds the Awbeg river and it is level and fertile, according to Christy Buckley.

The property is a mile from Churchtown village, four miles from the main Cork-Limerick road, five miles from Charleville, and 11 miles from Mallow town.

The sale is by private treaty.

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