For sale in affordable lots

IT hit the market early last year, but was withdrawn because of a few issues with the boundaries, and this 33-acre, west Cork coastal farm, at Ballymacshoneen, will go for auction on January 20.

Auctioneer Paddy Murray had originally intended the Munster Arms Hotel, in Bandon, as the venue for the auction, but the premises has been severely affected by flooding, and is closed for repairs.

The Bandon-based agent found himself marooned in his Main Street offices, as flood waters gushed into the town.

According to Paddy Murray, the firm’s offices were one of the least affected in the town, with only two feet of water at ground-floor level, whereas other businesses had up to five feet of water on the ground floor.

Murray and a member of his staff were marooned overnight, because the water made escape impossible.

The floods subsided fairly quickly, he said, but the damage caused will have a long-term impact in the town, with files and archives ruined, fixtures and fittings destroyed, and a number of businesses still not open, and some, perhaps, destined never to re-open, following the devastation.

However, business carries on, and the proposed sale of the Ballymacshoneen holding will be held in O’Donovan’s Hotel, in Clonakilty.

A residential sale, the property was making close to €795,000 last time round, but the property temperature has chilled considerably since then.

Available in lots, the farm is right on the water at Butlerstown, and its main appeal will be the amount of road frontage on offer and the quality of the ground, says Murray.

There has already been good local interest, he says, because it is good quality tillage land, and is being sold in affordable lots.

It has 1,200 metres of road frontage and includes a traditional, two-storey farmhouse, which is semi-derelict.

However, the coastal location overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay, and proximity to Bandon and Clonakilty, could make it attractive to residential buyers.

Paddy Murray says the house may be sold on its own, or with seven acres. The remainder of the holding is being offered in lots of 12 and 14 acres, and the guide price for the entire property is €500,000.

The Ballymacshoneen farm is located just a mile and a half from Butlerstown village.


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