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Monday 26 September 2016

Deep south - a residential farm with spectacular sea views

Our reporter travelled to Mizen Head to walk a 93ac residential farm with fantastc sea views

Jim O'Brien

Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30

93ac residential farm at Oughmina near Goleen, Co Cork
93ac residential farm at Oughmina near Goleen, Co Cork
The house near Goleen on Mizen Head

"This farm is a long way down," my host John Hodnett warned me as we left his offices in Clonakilty to drive towards Mizen Head and a 93ac residential farm at Oughmina near Goleen on the southern tip of the country.

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The farm set among spectacular country, is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €550,000.

I had never been to Mizen Head so I hoped John Hodnett would take a few minutes to take me there.

First we went to the farm, a high dry parcel of ground with extensive sea frontage that borders Dunlough Bay, the scene of a smuggling debacle that in July 2007 saw one of the biggest drugs smuggling operations of many years foiled.

An international gang attempted to bring €450m worth of cocaine ashore from a catamaran ironically named 'The Lucky Day' but their luck ran out when the engine of the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) bringing the drugs ashore failed and the boat capsized. One of those involved died.

In a fatal error the smugglers had put diesel rather than petrol into the engine of the RIB.

Bales of cocaine were left bobbing around in the sea for weeks after the event.

Aside from a steady sea breeze there was little drama when we visited the farm last week.

Set out in some lovely fields with fantastic sea views the 93ac is made up of about 40ac of decent grazing and 53ac of rough grazing.

The farm is accessed by a tarred roadway that winds through the fields and leads you to the house, a lovely two storey traditional farmhouse nestled in a sheltered nook but with excellent sea views.

The accommodation includes a dining room, a living room and a small kitchen with a family bathroom.

Upstairs are two nice sized bedrooms and a small box room. The house is in good condition and to the rear is a very substantial modern five-column shed with concrete walls and cladding.

Extending to 1,000 sq ft the shed could be used for an array of purposes. Next to it are a number of traditional outhouses while to the rear of the house is a lovely lawn area sheltered between the house and a massive rock.

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The house is located in a finger of land furthest from the sea while the remainder of the holding stretches out in front in the shape of hand.

The fields are divided by a public road giving extensive road frontage.

The land between the road and the house makes up the best of the grazing while much of the ground closer to the shore is of a rougher nature.

"There is lively interest locally and from people from the outside, including the UK," Mr Hodnett says.

This is to be expected as this particular part of the country is home to a strong 'ex-pat' population and a farm of this size with a house in these spectacular surroundings will certainly draw interest from near and far.

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