Some 10km south of Mallow in the townland of Barrinclay, the 141-acre holding is described in the sales brochure as a “prime residential holding with a superb residence and extensive farmyard.”
“It’s a very fine farm and I don’t say that lightly,” says selling agent Joe McCarthy.
“It’s well located, there’s a fine dwelling with a substantial yard. It was a dairy farm but hasn’t been used as such for seven or eight years. All the layout is there for dairying, though you don’t have the milking parlour anymore.”
The impressive outbuildings include a main building (180’x90’) with 120 cubicles, slatted floors; automated scrapers; a central feed (75’x15’); two covered silage pits (18’x30’ and 60’x’20’); a machinery house with sliding doors (45’x30’); two enclosed slurry tanks and a host of smaller buildings — calf pens, storehouses and a garage.
The agricultural hinterland is dominated by tillage farming rather than dairying so it’s perhaps no surprise to learn of the farm’s evolution over the last few years.
That said, there is plenty of mixed farming too, with many farmers moving from one discipline to the other and back as the demand and prices dictate.
According to the selling agents, this particular farm is surrounded by a number of substantial holdings engaged in both dairying and tillage.
As things stand, approximately 135 acres of the farm is currently given over to tillage with the remaining acres being in grass.
The quality of the land is such that this holding can be put to a number of uses, however, including dairying, tillage and stud farming, according to the agents.
Access within the farm is also good, with a decent internal roadway system offering access to the well laid-out divisions.
The impressive farm house is a large two-storey architect-designed home which has, the agents say, been finished to a high standard.
Accommodation includes reception hall, lounge/dining room, television room, kitchen, utility room, playroom, conservatory, toilet and car port on the ground floor. Upstairs, there are five double bedrooms and a bathroom.
The property is being sold as one but with the road frontage and the fact that it has an additional old single-storey former dwelling on site, there’s no doubt that it holds some potential for the next owners down the line — particularly with substantial settlements such as the aforementioned Mallow and Cork city (30km) close by.
The farm also possesses another rarity in the modern marketplace — entitlements.
Current entitlements going with the property are worth in the region of €13,000 per year.
“It’s a very viable holding as it stands,” says Joe, “with a quality package of land, dwelling and outbuildings… I can say without hesitation that it’s without any waste.”
This viable and impressive farm holds a lot of advantages in terms of uniqueness and its proximity to good transport infrastructures and important markets.
The agents are seeking offers and are currently reticent about what they estimate the final offer to be.
Suffice it to say, though, that land in this area has been fetching in the region of €12,000 per acre.
And who’s to say that this unique holding won’t do just as well if not better?