This is where the lines between West Cork and East Cork blur into the mists of myth and changing perspective.
The land is rich, the soil is deep and the farmers in these areas are all serving the large and thriving markets on their doorsteps in Cork, Bandon and Kinsale, as well as the export markets accessible through the air and sea ports.
At the same time, the coastline twists and turns so dramatically that you could be forgiven for thinking that you were much farther west.
It’s from this fascinating mixture that 98-acre farmstead in the townland of Carrigcannon has emerged fresh onto the market through Clonakilty-based auctioneer Henry O’Leary.
Rather like the hinterland from which it came, this property offers a multi-faceted package that will be of interest to various parties.
The holding is all in one block and is being offered for sale in four lots and may be purchased as any permutation of the above or as one property in its entirety.
The amount and nature of road frontage easily lends this farm to the subdivision and its location is only a short walk (less than a kilometre) from Howe Strand — a thoroughly charming cove-like stretch of beach overlooked by the derelict ruins of the Howe Lifeguard Station.
Lot 1 consists of 42.3 acres, Lot 2 is a 39.1-acre parcel, Lot 3 is a smaller 15.3-acre non-residential property, while Lot 4 consists of the attractive ruins of a two-storey farmhouse and outbuildings on 1.3 acres.
“That farmhouse and outbuildings on over an acre has created a lot of interest already,” says selling agent Henry O’Leary of the fourth lot. “I suppose that one of the big attractions there is that it is only 1km from Gurraneasig National School and 1km from Howe Strand.”
The main business, the agent points out however, is the farm, which comprises the bulk of the value of the property.
“It’s big enough for somebody to acquire as a stand-alone unit, but the most likely destination is to a farmer who is expanding or for a son who’s coming home to farm.
“It’s a good farm — it’s capable of growing crops either as a tillage or a grass farm.”
Henry points out that the holding is a south-facing “warm” farm and it is within easy distance of the afore-mentioned larger towns.
Cork City is 40km from here, Bandon lies 16km to the north, Kinsale is only 13km away, while the villages of Ballinspittle and Kilbrittain are roughly equidistant at about 4.7km.
Farming in the area is quite mixed, with both tillage and dairying featuring more-or-less equally and this holding, he says, is a strong representative of the local tradition: “It’s a prime farm.”
“We’re quite happy to sell it in any combination of the four lots,” says Henry. “The house on the 1.3 acres might well go on its own, or it might go with the 15.3 acres in front of it.”
For the current owners, it’s a well-worked outside farm, but depending on how this sale plays out over the coming months, the old farmhouse and outbuildings may well be brought back into use again.
In any case, Henry expects that given the overall quality and location (not to mention the strong pre-launch interest), it’s a property that won’t be around for too long: “Given the time of year, it’s a farm that I imagine would be sorted out fairly quickly.”
The price guide overall is set at €12,000/acre – a realistic expectation for this neck of the woods.