Sort of ‘up and over’ the hills south of the city, via Spur Hill out of Wilton/Togher, The Farmhouse is set by a dip in a valley road only a couple of miles from the ’burbs: you could walk back to Wilton, if you had to.
Yet, this three-bed home — a cluster set-up of buildings facing this back road to Ballinhassig — has much on offer that you’d expect or hope to get, only much further out ‘in the sticks’.
It comes with an adjacent, unrestored cottage next door, a long lofted stone building with huge scope for a range of uses, a traditional curved steel haybarn with lean-to, plus a garage.
About the only thing it doesn’t have is many acres of land: it comes with an acre and a quarter, so it has plenty of ground at least here for a hobbyist, but a bit short on grazing space needed for proper farming.
The setting, near a large farm on the other side of this valley dip south of the city , is rural yet accesible (the Viaduct is just to the west, with roads leading variously to west Cork and Kinsale from Ballinhassig, as is Cork Airport via Spur Hill itself).
Estate agent Conor Smith of Casey and Kingston (acting jointly with Coldwell Banker) says there are woodlands and river walks close by, and he suggests the property could be “ideal for keeping horses or perhaps a hobby farmer, keeping goats, pigs, poultry, etc; it may also be suitable for kennels, pigeon loft, or beekeepers,” he says.
Similarly, the set up could suit a buyer with a trade, skill or space-hungry hobby who’d work from home and enjoy the freedoms of space and cover.
The house itself is a traditional, two-storey stone-built dwelling, about a century old, with two reception rooms, and one one of its three bedrooms is en suite.
It was renovated by its current owners more than a decade ago, was previously on the market but was withdrawn unsold and now — while it once more needs some TLC — is back for a fresh set of viewers.
Joint selling agents Conor Smith of Casey Kingston, and Coldwell Banker’s Trevor O’Sullivan say they are hopeful it will exceed its asking price, given its scope.
Farm-lite in a rural setting.