Rush of interest in Cork farms

A small ad on a Saturday in March saw sustained interest in a 40-acre holding on the outskirts of Clonakilty, Co Cork, so much so that the land is now sold.

And agent, John Hodnett of Hodnett Forde, says the property, part of the Sisters of Mercy convent lands in the town, was guided at a sum in excess of €450,000 and once it exceeded the guide, it was sold to the highest bidder.

This was a farmer from the Skibbereen area who saw the benefit in the quality pastureland, which has been leased for a long time, says Hodnett.

In a sweet turn of events, the lessor also bought land from Hodnett Forde at Granagoleen — a 30-acre holding with a farmhouse, which sold for close to its guide of €300,000, says John Hodnett.

He has concluded a fairly swift sale too on a 23-acre parcel of land in North Cork at Araglin, which came in close to its guide price of €10,000 per acre. The land is located close to Araglin village and comes with cattle handling facilities.

*The main event for the agent this week, however, is a 100-acre coastal farm which is a new listing at Ballinard, Baltimore.

And the location is superb, with excellent views over the rolling countryside and the sea.

The farm property comes with two residences, one a traditional four-bed farmhouse in good condition, and the second, another old stone building, which, while it is uninhabited, has conversion potential for a summer letting perhaps.

And the Ballinard farm is not only picturesque, it can earn its keep too with about 50 acres of top quality grazing, says Mr Hodnett, and the rest providing good quality grassland in one extended block.

Farm buildings are good too, with a covered silo, and modern, cubicle housing as well as older style buildings.

Road frontage is great, says Mr Hodnett and so far there’s been a good bit of interest, he says, mostly from locals.

The guide price is in the region of €500,000 for the entire property, which is near to Lough Ine and with beautiful views over Baltimore and Carbery’s Hundred Isles, he says.

The sale is to be by private treaty, and the property comes with main and private water supply.

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