Starter homes: West Cork €45,00-€80,000

Size: 500/1,000 sq ft

Starter homes: West Cork €45,00-€80,000

It’s no pig in a poke — this Rosscarbery farmhouse close to food producers Caherbeg Freerange Pork could have its next owners in hog heaven .

One of two do-er upper West Cork properties new to market with Andy Donoghue of Hodnett Forde auctioneers in Clonakilty, this is a c 1,000 sq ft two-storey farmhouse in a derelict state, but hopefully salvageable. It comes with equally old, or perhaps even older, stone outbuildings on an acre with distant sea views at Caherbeg, a couple of miles as the pig trots from Rosscarbery and five miles from Clonakilty.

The area’s pleasantly rural, with a tang of sea salt in the air — or perhaps that’s just the expectations from Avril and Willie Allshire’s famed free-range pork and Angus cattle herds?

Guiding €80,000, this two-bed home backs onto a quiet road, and has a southerly aspect to the front, facing towards the Warren Strand near Rosscabery. The acre’s in three divisions, with a stream at one boundary, and the quality of some of the stone work in the sheds is singled out by Mr O’Donoghue, who says making an appointment to view won’t be a rasher gesture.

For those not into rural splendour, he has also just listed another unoccupied West Cork home, at West End, Drimoleague. Smaller, at about 500 sq ft, this is an end-terrace two bed, with rear yard, and a raw interior. Guide for this early 1900s property is €45,000, and there’s already strong local interest, and a preliminary offer received.

VERDICT: Bring bucket and spade — and a cement mixer. For starters.

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