A residential farm in west Cork which has just come on the market should stir some interest. Located at Curravarahane, Gaggin, four miles west of Bandon, the 106ac holding comes with a traditional farmyard and a four-bedroom bungalow. It is to be sold by private treaty and has a guide price of €12,000/ac or €1.25m.
Known as 'The Farm', it was originally part of the Bandon Estate owned by Lord Bandon.
The property includes a range of traditional stone buildings in semi-derelict condition but with great character. One of the lovely features of the property is a walled garden, which, along with the stone buildings, was part of an original farm courtyard.
Situated on the N71 between Bandon and Clonakilty, the holding is described by auctioneer Ray O'Neill, of selling agents Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill, as a fine farm.
The land is south facing and over the years has been mainly in tillage. The property is well fenced and watered throughout.
Laid out in seven large fields, the holding is bounded to the south by the N71 and to the north by a local road, giving it extensive road frontage.
The farm could easily be divided into smaller lots and sold as a number of smaller holdings with residential potential. The house is a four-bed bungalow which is currently rented.
Mr O'Neill says Curravarahane is a rare opportunity to buy a top-quality farm in a convenient and accessible location.
He expects the sale price to exceed the guide of €12,000/ac.
"In the Bandon area, the price of land is generally higher than it is in others, thanks to the agricultural quality of the ground and the tourism potential in the area," he said.