Guileen, East Cork,€525,000

Tillage land, orchard, stream, courtyard buildings, ruins and sea. What’s not to like? asks Tommy Barker.
Guileen, East Cork,€525,000

Size: 40 acres

Bedrooms: Not yet

Bathrooms: the ditch


Best Feature: Coastal chance, and land aplenty

You could do almost anything here at this very special East Cork property mix, one that includes stunning old stone ruins, some better order yet semi-derelict courtyard outbuildings, an old orchard, mature free-fringed boundaries, a stream by the side, and the sea just a few fields away.

And, now that Russell Estate Agents have added a further 36 acres to their initial offer of this mix on four acres, there’s even more scope, and naturally enough, farmer interest brought into the equation as well.

Location is at Finure, close to the shoreline at Guileen, a few miles from Whitegate, 15kms from Midleton, and just over a half an hour’s drive from Cork city and airport.

That latter amenity, the airport, will see viewers flying in from Continental Europe over the Christmas holiday period, reveals agent Michael Russell, and they’ll be leaving snow-capped section of the world for this seaside retreat. It’s a sunny few days’ what’s not to love?

The addition of the extra land gives more heft to this holding, just a few fields away from the shoreline and a cove known as The Sandies is near to the property which is for sale and refreshed heading into the New Year.

When it was c four acres on its first launch in early autumn, the price guide was €200,000, so the extra land (which had been offered separately earlier this year) is being valued at just over €9,000 an acre.

The land is top class tillage land, and the area’s profile is a mix of agriculture and residential, with some summer homes too.

(Nearby, in Whitegate, a stunning period home and courtyard conversion called Memberton sold via Savills in 2016 for €650,000)

This Finure land and buildings mix is close to the sea, but doesn’t have water frontage. That would drive the price higher still, if it had that precious asset.

The property has c four defined acres which are heavily tree-lined, and adding privacy to the cluster of old buildings. There’s an old orchard, surrounded by high stone walls, lofted outbuildings and a selection of sheds.

There’s no planning for any changes right now, so new owners will have to formulate their own vision for it, and present it to planners for approval.

“Due to its size and location this property would make an ideal investment or development opportunity,” says Michael Russell, adding that it’s really quite the rare offer.VERDICT: a sleeping beauty

Verdict: A dream, awaiting realisation

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