The farm is a 40-acre holding in the townland of Finure, near Whitegate. Its setting 14km from Midleton — between the coast, Cork city and Cork Harbour — puts it in a prime location that will interest a number of sectors.
“It’s very near the water, close to Guileen,” says selling agent Michael Russell. “It’s all tillable, the best quality land, and there is no waste.”
There is plenty of road frontage with the property, allowing good access. The agent also describes the land as being gently sloping.
The surrounding area in this part of East Cork is one of great natural beauty, with a traditional fascinating mix of heavy industry, tourism — and literature.
The Whitegate Oil Refinery is close by, as is the Aghada Power Generating Plant. This represents the outer edges of a heavily industrialised zone in Cork’s expansive harbour that includes Ringaskiddy.
The famous writer William Wall grew up here, and it was perhaps his influence that attracted other writers to settle in the area.
There is a strong element of the eclectic in this particular property offering. Apart from the land itself, there is a very interesting collection of outbuildings.
The agent indicates that the owners are open to selling the property in two parts, with the emphasis on the outbuildings on a smaller holding, and the rest of the land to be sold separately.
The type of interest that emerges will define that, but in the meantime, this is a farm that will, according to the agent, lend itself to any enterprise.
“It’s currently in stubble, but it’s really suitable to any kind of farming. There’s a courtyard with stone outbuildings, comprising three acres in all.”
The tree-lined yard is a strong aesthetic feature of the property and the agents say that the traditional stone-cut buildings would be ideal for conversion or for use as stables.
This opens up a number of possibilities for either the hobby farmer or someone with an equestrian interest.
There is electricity and water supply to the farm, there are no entitlements, and the asking price is set at €525,000 (€10,000/acre, plus about €125,000 for the yard).