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Sunday 11 December 2016

'The perfect country property'

Top class land, a fine residence and extensive outbuildings - this Cork holding has it all

Jim O'Brien

Published 23/09/2015 | 02:30

Rockvale House, Co Cork
Rockvale House, Co Cork
Rockvale House
Outbuildings at Rockvale House

Rockvale House on 115ac of land at Ballydoyle, Castletownroche, Cork has all it takes to make the perfect country property as it consists of top class land, the best of farm buildings and a fine house that needs no work.

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The property is for sale by private treaty and comes to the market with a guide price in excess of €20,000/ac or €2.3m.

Located 16km from Mallow and 16km from Fermoy the holding is in the heart of good Cork farming country.

"This is the ideal property," says Anthony O'Regan of selling agents Keane Mahony Smith. "It is a small walled estate that was fully refurbished inside and out by a man with a passion for the place and the money to do it. He put the best of everything into the place and is now moving on to his next project," he said.

The traditional, two-storey farmhouse is a solid structure with downstairs accommodation that includes a lounge, sitting room, rear hall, cloakroom with shower, kitchen and dining room/study. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms and a main bathroom all finished to a high standard.

"This is not a period house or anything like it," says Anthony. "But it is a house that has the best of everything. It was literally gutted and rebuilt by the current owner. Nothing needs to be done to it."

The farmyard is state of the art with an extraordinary range of buildings and facilities designed for the modern, one-person farming operation.

The buildings include a four-column and a three-column haybarn both with lean tos, a new five-column slatted shed with a central passage, a three-column slatted unit with a feeding passage, a disused eight-unit milking parlour with automatic feeders and a 12 tonne meal bin. There's also a a slatted house, two isolation pens and newly constructed handling pens.

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Along with the cattle accommodation there is a range of machinery and storage sheds including a two-column barn, a four-column round roofed open shed and a purpose built machinery shed and a workshop.

In terms of fodder storage there are two open silage pits and a haybarn, a feed house on extensive concrete yarding with good water collection.

The slurry retention facilities are up to all modern requirements with a pit of 100ft by 40ft going to a depth of 5ft.

The land is the best of grazing ground divided with into a series of large paddocks with fencing "that will last 20 years," according to Mr O'Regan.

The fields are serviced by an excellent internal road system and each division is serviced by a water supply. The land is in great heart having been well looked after.

"This is a farm that would suit any operation," said Mr O'Regan. "It's not long since it was a dairy farm, the latest owner ran it as a very successful beef operation but it would equally suit equestrian or tillage uses."

The auctioneer believes a guide price in excess of €20,000/ac is a reasonable expectation given the quality of the land, the farm buildings and the house.

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