Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Cork holding sparks calls from Florida

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

It's a rare thing to find a residential farm on the market in the Bandon area, according to Ernest Forde, of Hodnett and Forde Property Services, Clonakilty.

With this in mind he is pleased to bring to auction Haghill House, a 91ac residential farm at Knocknagurrane, Bandon, Co Cork.

Located three miles from Bandon, just off the Bandon to Timoleague road, this property is described by the agents as "renowned" grazing ground. In permanent pasture, the holding is on a gentle slope.

Mr Forde said the land is of excellent quality with higher ground suitable for tillage. Recently, 17ac were fully reseeded, while a further 10ac would be regarded as heavy ground.

The property has been let for the past 10 years and, while it needs some work, it is all usable.

The house, a four-bed farmhouse, is in need of complete refurbishment. It has running water and electricity but hasn't been lived in for some time. There are several out-buildings but, as is the case with the house, they are of a different era.

The farm buildings include a cubicle house for 90 stock, an open and covered silage pit -- the covered pit is now converted to an easy-feed system. The yard has ample slurry storage capacity. The farmyard also includes stone outbuildings, but these are in a poor condition.

Lot one consists of the house and farmyard on 30ac, lot two is 32ac laid out in eight divisions and lot three is made up of 29ac in five divisions.

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According to Mr Forde, there has been huge interest in the farm.

"We have had an enquiry from as far away as Florida," he said. "There is good interest from the local business community in the lot that includes the house, and the land is attracting farmer interest."

The farm will be sold on December 3 at the Brogan Inn, Bandon, by Hodnett and Forde.

"We are expecting it to make between €10,000 and €12,000/ac," said Mr Forde.

Irish Independent