The Sheep’s Head Peninsula might not have the same profile as the Beara Peninsula or the Ring of Kerry, but it’s a stunning piece of the country that has an island-like existence — sticking out into the Atlantic Ocean like a microcosm of all that’s best about the coastal beauty of Ireland.
It’s a rugged piece of West Cork, but far from unproductive.
Many people move there to simply live amidst its beauty, while natives have had to be more creative and industrious than the average citizen.
The local, award-winning Sheep’s Head Way walking route pre-dated, and set the example for, the success of the larger Wild Atlantic Way.
You can also see strong evidence of that same spirit of hard work in this well-cared-for, 33-acre holding, near the craggy end of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, in the townland of Reagh.
Listed with Clonakilty-based auctioneers, Henry O’Leary & Co, the property is a fertile carpet of green, set amongst a variety of other green fields, rocks and the taller, stony hide of the upper reaches of Seefinn — the peninsula’s tallest mountain.
Selling agent O’Leary describes it as “a green basin on this scenic headland — for sale together, or in two lots.”
“For the area, this land would be as good as you will get,” says O’Leary. “It’s all in grass and is being grazed by cattle and there would be silage taken off some of it.”
O’Leary says that there has been a “steady stream of interest in the property” from a variety of potential buyers.
In the first instance, the farm would pique the interest of a number of farmers from the locality, and even people with an outside farm who would be looking for some well-tended additional acres of decent grazing land.
“The pasture is old,” says the agent, “but, with a little work, this would make an excellent holding.”
The land is sloping gently for the most part and the property enjoys extensive road frontage.
Secondly, the stunning location of the property is a major asset.
Although the property is in one block, it is divided by the public road into a 15-acre lot (Lot 1) and an 18-acre lot (Lot 2).
Lot 1 has spectacular views to the north of Dunmanus Bay, the Beara Peninsula and the Cork-and-Kerry Mountains off in the distance.
This lot also has a number of outbuildings on it. While these serve a purpose for the current user of the lands, they’re not up to modern standards and their real value may yet lie in the possibility of one of them being granted permission to be converted into a dwelling.
Already, a number of clients — from the UK and elsewhere — are looking to buy the smaller lot, with a view to setting up home and a hobby farm. The property is located a little over 6km from the village of Kilcrohane, 21km from Durrus and 30km from Bantry.
The public road leading to the farm gets narrower over the last 6km, but it has a good quality surface, making the access to this roadside holding an attractive feature.
The price of €235,000 suggests a very reasonable agricultural value of just over €7,000 per acre.
Given that quality forestry land is regularly achieving figures touching on €5,000/acre, this enchantingly-located land will surely prove excellent value for the next owner — whether they be farmers of the professional or of the hobby type.
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