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Irish Examiner - Farming - - PROPERTY - Conor Power

A stun­ning coastal lo­ca­tion is the set­ting for a 50-acre non­res­i­den­tial farm close to the sea­side vil­lage of Guileen, near the in­dus­trial cen­tre of White­gate in East Cork. Ac­cord­ing to sell­ing agent Adri­anna He­garty of Mi­dle­ton-based auc­tion­eers He­garty Prop­er­ties, this is a high­qual­ity par­cel of land that is in one block and laid out in two large fields, one in pas­ture and the other in bar­ley. “It’s good, dry land,” said Adri­anna. “There’s very good farm­ing land in that area.” The area is a mix­ture of in­ten­sive farm­ing and a va­ri­ety of coastal-based tourism ac­tiv­i­ties. Within a short dis­tance of the clean, well-worked fields are busi­nesses such as a surf schools, camp­sites and hol­i­day vil­lages, while heavy in­dus­try is not far away ei­ther, most par­tic­u­larly at nearby White­gate and across Cork Har­bour at Rin­gask­iddy. The land is eas­ily ac­cessed via a laneway lead­ing di­rectly from the pub­lic road, just op­po­site the Guileen Arms Pub, while elec­tric­ity and mains wa­ter are avail­able on site. The land runs down to the seafront, ac­cord­ing to the agents, end­ing in a cliff, just to the west of the pub­lic beach and slip­way.

There are also en­ti­tle­ments go­ing with the prop­erty — some­thing of a rar­ity in the cur­rent mar­ket — with fur­ther de­tails avail­able from the sell­ing agents.

As for the mar­ket value, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what it will fetch in the fi­nal shake­down. This is a strong agri­cul­tural area with easy ac­cess to mul­ti­ple mar­kets on its doorstep, with land in de­mand for farm­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties. The pri­mary in­ter­est will surely be agri­cul­tural, but with a lo­ca­tion ad­ja­cent to a tourism-friendly vil­lage such as this, it would be fool­hardy to rule out the even­tu­al­ity of a tourism project of some sort in the fu­ture. In the mean­time, the sell­ing agents have wisely set the price guide at the very rea­son­able sum of €10,000/ acre.

An aerial view of the 50-acre, non-res­i­den­tial farm for sale near White­gate in Co Cork.

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