Seen from the air, the 35-acre non-residential holding which is for sale in the townland of Curraclogh, Lissarda, Co Cork, looks like a rich patchwork quilt of differing shades of green.
According to selling agent Killian Lynch, this is a farm that has been maintained to a high standard, with good access and fine quality fields laid out nine divisions.
The property does have a derelict house — a large T-shaped roofless ruin that may form part of someone’s dream to restore and rebuild a grand old country house in the future.
“The house was known as Curraclogh House,” says Killian.
“That’s what it was and will always be.
“It’s a big benefit to anyone looking for planning permission to build a home in the future. It was an old period residence.”
There is still a great deal of maturity and beauty going with this property, and its fascinating past is reflected in the great old trees that still form boundaries between the fields.
For any history buffs in this year of the 1916 centenary, it’s also located in something of golden triangle of famous sites associated with dramatic clashes from the War of Independence and the Civil War.
This was the main area of operation for Tom Barry’s famous Flying Column, one of the most prominent units of the Irish Republican Army.
His unit of 36 men carried out one of the most famous ambushes in the history of that conflict on November 20, 1920 — just one week after the events of Bloody Sunday.
Both Bealnablath and Kilmurry are within three or four kilometres, with Kilmichael (where the aforementioned ambush took place) another 15km or so away.
This part of Co Cork has become known in more peaceful times as an area of good quality land with excellent road connections to the bigger markets in Cork City, Macroom and Bandon.
Cork is only 25 minutes away from this peaceful rural spot via the nearby N22 (5km north of the farm for sale) and Ballincollig bypass motorway.
“This is a beautiful piece of ground,” says auctioneer Killian Lynch enthusiastically of this farm.
“Everything is top quality as regards location, quality of the ground, the size of it… basically, everything is right with it.”
It is easy to see what he means when he talks of the size of the land.
Even though a number of recent successful public auctions have tended to favour the larger more self-sufficient holdings, there is always a very strong attraction to the smaller-sized ones such as this; the farms that are within the budget of such a wide range of potential investors and differing farmer types; from the expanding dairy king to the dream-fulfilling hobby farmer.
This land has been leased out for a number of years, and it has been used most recently for dairying.
“There’s extensive road frontage here as well on the western boundary,” says Killian, “and all the land has been maintained very well over the last number of years and it must be remembered that this particular location is in a very highly intensive farming area.”
This unique and attractive 35-acre farm at Curraclogh, Lissarda has been on the market only a little over a week, but it has already attracted its first offer, Killian confirms.
“We’ve been getting a good few calls about it from nearby and from farther away too,” he says.
“We actually have it under offer even at this early stage.”
There’s no confirmation yet of what that offer is, but it’s not quite at the level of the price guide.
The figure to achieve, he says, is “in the region of €450,000 to €475,000”.
This equates to between €12,800 and €13,600 per acre.
It’s strong stuff but remember that this is from an auctioneer’s office that sold a 49-acre farm for €18,500 per acre last November.
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