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Irish Examiner - Farming - - PROPERTY - Conor Power

The large qual­ity tracts of land to the west of the N20 (main Cork-Lim­er­ick road) con­tain pock­ets where farms have set ex­cep­tion­ally strong prices over the last five years. The deep soil and rate of in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of farm­ing prac­tices in this area have helped it evolve into an im­por­tant agri-food zone. The prox­im­ity of a good road link­ing Mun­ster’s prin­ci­ple cities also works in its favour, some­thing that will be­come even more marked with the in­evitable im­prove­ment in the road net­work in the com­ing years. A 63-acre res­i­den­tial prop­erty listed with Ballinhas­sig­based agri­cul­tural land spe­cial­ist Christy Buck­ley is sit­u­ated in the heart of this area. It of­fers qual­ity land and a high-qual­ity home. There is also a pro­lif­er­a­tion of im­por­tant mar­ket towns nearby, with the farm lo­cated just 4km from Bweeng and 13km from Mal­low, while Cork City is 30km away.

The farm boasts a wellap­pointed res­i­dence built in re­cent years and main­tained to a high stan­dard. It is, ac­cord­ing to the sell­ing agents, “in top-class con­di­tion”, rep­re­sent­ing an at­trac­tive part of the over­all pack­age. “We’re in a po­si­tion to of­fer the house on its own and one acre as a sep­a­rate en­tity, if needs be,” says Mr Buck­ley of the dormer-style res­i­dence that boasts an ex­te­rior that is just as im­pres­sive as the ex­te­rior, with its pil­lared wall en­trance with se­cu­rity gate, tar­ma­cadam drive, de­tached garage and ma­ture, neat gar­dens.

In­side, the house cuts a charm­ing and im­pos­ing pres­ence. The strik­ing hall­way sets the tone for the rest of the in­te­rior, with its qual­ity twotoned stair­case, ce­ramic floor tiling, chan­de­lier and dec­o­ra­tive cov­ing on the ceil­ing. The rooms in­clude a large, be­spoke fit­ted kitchen in the din­ing room, com­plete with cen­tral range, in a con­tem­po­rary coun­try-kitchen style. The sim­ple, el­e­gant theme is re­peated in the sit­ting room through its cen­tral fire­place, while the taste­ful dé­cor that mar­ries the best of mod­ern liv­ing and coun­try style con­tin­ues through­out the bed­rooms up­stairs.

The land is split in two by a pub­lic road, giv­ing the ob­vi­ous op­tion to sell the land in two lots, pro­vid­ing plenty of good road frontage, both with the road run­ning through the land and a smaller sec­tion of pub­lic road on the south­ern bound­ary of the west­ern­most sec­tion.

“Most of the land is of good qual­ity, with the ex­cep­tion of about five acres, but the rest is per­fect land,” says Mr Buck­ley. The poorer-qual­ity ground is at the eastern ex­tremes of the farm that nar­rows as it stretches away from the road.

The farm has been used for dry stock in re­cent years and, in spite of dairy­ing be­ing the dom­i­nant ac­tiv­ity, there is a wide mix­ture of farm­ing ac­tiv­ity close by, from poul­try farm­ing to dairy­ing and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

There are no en­ti­tle­ments with the hold­ing, which is fresh to the mar­ket, but the agent says “the in­ter­est has been good, it’s been very en­cour­ag­ing”.

The price guide is set at the stan­dard €10,000/acre for good land, with the five acres of poorer qual­ity ex­pected to fetch in the re­gion of €5,000/ acre. These are con­ser­va­tive enough fig­ures for the con­ser­va­tive times we live in, but the true value of the land will re­veal it­self in due course. The ex­pec­ta­tions for the house are strong. There’s no doubt that such a qual­ity res­i­dence will at­tract plenty of at­ten­tion, with its ma­ture lawn, yard and col­lec­tion of out­build­ings on one acre and the price guide of €400,000 doesn’t seem to be off the mark. Over­all, there­fore, this unique of­fer­ing is ex­pected to achieve a fig­ure in the re­gion of €995,000.

An in­te­rior view of the house on the 63-acre farm (see pic­ture on page 1) for sale at Car­rig­cleena, Bweeng, Co Cork. The house can be sold on its own with one acre, if needs be.

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