There are many farms with stunning views on the Wild Atlantic Way, but this one includes a superb coastal stretch of the famous tourist route that runs right through it.
It’s also a great example of the highly industrious tradition of farming in West Cork, where even disadvantaged coastal lands are well worked and tended to.
Of the 127 acres in this residential farm, about 65 constitute excellent pasture lands, while the remaining half is made up of rough grazing.
“You’d have 60 plus acres of very good grazing ground,” says selling agent John Hodnett of Clonakilty-based auctioneers Hodnett Forde Property Services. “The other half would be described as rough grazing and then there’s a share in extensive commonage back up on the hill.
“It’s laid out in good-sized fields with the Wild Atlantic Way dissecting it. There’s about nine acres to the south of the coast road, which has vehicular access. It’s like a little island.”
The holding is in the townland of Tullig on the southern side of the beautiful Sheep’s Head Peninsula, about 7km from the village of Durrus, 14km from the N71, and 8km from the village of Kilcrohane, farther west.
Bantry is about 18km away, with its famous Friday Farmers’ Market, large supermarkets, marina and secondary school.
The drive that takes you there is one of the finest in all of Ireland, along a well-surfaced road that skirts the coastline offering ever-changing vistas of Dunmanus Bay. The farm enjoys good road access and includes a couple of miniature peninsulas accessed via an internal roadway joined to the public road.
The hamlet of Ahakista is just around the corner from this farm. In recent years, this has become a much sought-after location, with famous celebrities such as Graham Norton and Simpsons actor Harry Shearer amongst the many seduced by this heavenly part of the world.
For those in the farming community, there is much to be excited about too. Apart from the substantial quantity of good-quality grazing, the farm has a traditional two-storey farmhouse and a collection of outbuildings.
The farmhouse is in good condition overall, although it hasn’t been lived in for a couple of years, according to the selling agents: “There’s a very well maintained detached two-storey farmhouse with spectacular views over Dunmanus Bay. The residence has two reception rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom on the ground floor and four bedrooms upstairs. It has been recently re-roofed and there are new PVC windows and doors.”
For the most part, outbuildings are in good condition too. “There are a number of old traditional stone farm buildings there. There’s also a hay-barn with a lean-to and a five-bay slatted house with a central feeding alley in excellent condition.”
Even though the property has just come on the market, there are already viewings and strong interest.
The kind of client who will buy such a property could very well be an expanding farmer or an overseas client looking for a coastal property of charm with plenty of acreage.
“The farm is south-facing and has great road frontage and road frontage, there’s well water, private drainage and oil-fired central heating and the land is securely fenced, says John Hodnett.”
Another attraction, the farm has payments of about €10,500 per annum, a mixture of the Basic Payment Scheme and Sheep’s Head Way walk payments.
The farm’s value is hard to gauge because of its unique features, and the interest liable to come from multiple sources.
The reasonable expectation is €600,000 plus, but one wouldn’t be surprised if the sale of this Wild Atlantic gem was to exceed expectations.