A real corker: €3.75m asking price for 195ac tillage enterprise
€3.75m is the asking price for this 195ac tillage enterprise in a majestic east Cork setting, reports Jim O'Brien
I have reason to know and to appreciate east Cork. My secondary school years were spent locally in Castlemartyr in a school that is now a luxury hotel.
Midleton was the nearest town and a kind of a reference point for us so when I saw a 195ac residential farm for sale on the outskirts of the town I couldn't resist the opportunity to go and have a look. I had more than a sneaking suspicion that the land would be good.
I rendezvoused with Claire O'Sullivan of Sherry FitzGerald O'Donovan at the distillery in Midleton and followed her out the Dungourney road and within five minutes we are driving up the short avenue to Bilberry, an charming and elegant 18th century house.
The ivy covered Georgian residence looks out over the fine fields that make up some of the tillage farm and over the town of Midleton.
The property is extensive and luxurious and includes a six bedroom house with an indoor heated swimming pool, a one bedroom mews, a two bedroom caretaker's flat, a two bedroom gate lodge and a coach house all in perfectly habitable condition.
There are extensive gardens with some lovely features, a 15-column round-roof shed, a range of traditional stables, a tack room and a feed room.
The house and lands are for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €3.75m.
Bilberry was built in the 1770s and bought by the current owners in 1959 who were domiciled abroad but spent about six months a year here.