Located in the valley of the River Blackwater in North Cork, an 81-acre farm holding for sale with Millsteet-based Dick Pomeroy & Sons offers self-sufficiency in an historic setting.
Back in the time when rivers were the super-highways and high-speed railroads rolled into one, this area was much fought over.
The location of the farm in question is a case in point. It is roughly midway between Drishane Castle and Dromagh Castle.
Both were impressive strongholds in their day,k built by Irish chieftains, whose power was swept away by the devastating effects of the War of the Three Kingdoms in the 17th century.
Drishane Castle, which lies a few kilometres to the south-west of the holding, looks very much like a Norman keep, but it was built by the McCarthys in the 15th century.
Its tranquil rural setting 1km north of Millstreet by the Blackwater belies its troubled past.
Dromagh Castle was an altogether bigger affair, and even its remaining skeletal structure looks imposing, with its two towers flanking a high wall in between.
There were two moats surrounding it originally, in the days when access was all about waterways.
The farm that lies between is accessed via a laneway to the north end of the property, with the Blackwater River flanking its southern boundary.
This makes for a reliable alternative source of water to the farm, which however has its own wells.
It is now being sold by the owners, according to selling agent Catherine Pomeroy-Murphy.
“The land is quite good on this farm,” says Catherine, who points out that it’s a ready-to-go farm with all the necessary elements included — dwelling, sheds and outbuildings.
The latter include a slatted unit which, she says, is of very good quality.
“The house is in very good condition, and it’s nicely situated on the land, with the farmyard and buildings behind it.”
The house is a bungalow, and includes an entrance hall (which the agents describe as invitingly light-filled, with tiled floor and a storage press), a sitting room with open fire and carpeted floor, a fully-fitted kitchen with appliances and solid-fuel stove, a hallway, bathroom and four bedrooms.
The house has a dual heating source system, using both solid fuel and oil.
The farm buildings consist of the aforementioned six-bay slatted unit, a slatted shed, a hay/cattle shed, an obsolete milking parlour (which was last used in 2005), two cubicle houses, a welding shed and other smaller ancillary sheds.
The property comes with entitlements that are worth in the region of €8,500 per year, according to the agents, and the farm is well located in a zone of rich agricultural land and progressive activity.
Dromagh village is 4km away, while the larger towns of Banteer (10km), Kanturk (11km) and Millstreet (9km) are roughly equidistant from the property.
A little further afield is Mallow, which is 29km from the farm.
“It’s a good area for dairying and beef,” says Catherine, who notes that there is good interest in the property. “There’s a mixture of interest in terms of where they’re coming from, with some local, and some interest from further afield.”
The lands are available in one block, in easily-managed and well-worked units.
The property scores well on the aesthetics front, too, with an attractive and peaceful location, running down to the river and fine views southwards.
The asking price is €750,000.
Given the current condition of the land, as well as the existence of a dwelling house, the entitlements package and a good range of outbuildings, this price tag of €9,300/acre would appear to be very reasonable. There have been offers so far, believed to be in excess of €500,000, but this rare, self-contained farm remains on the market for the next buyer to make his/her conquest and lay claim to it.
© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved