Farm sales in Waterford are rare enough, the Déise like to hold fast to what they have.
I travelled to the southern coast at Ardmore last week to visit one fine farm of land with an excellent house with a 'granny flat' - and sea views to boot. The 107ac holding is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €1.4m.
I crossed the Blackwater from neighbouring Cork where auctioneer Brian Gleeson met me and led the way to the farm. A quick turn to the right from the N25 Cork-Waterford road brought us to a side-road and immediately to the farm situated about 11km from Youghal, 19km from Dungarvan and 5.3km from Ardmore.
The farmhouse at Garranfort, Grange is a modern dormer residence on a neat garden. Spacious, bright and elegant, it is finished to a high specification.
The accommodation includes a hallway that leads to a sitting room on one side while ahead is a fine timber staircase. The sitting room is centred round a marble fireplace and lit by two large windows to the front, and a side window looking out to the garden.
Behind the sitting room is a comfortable family room along with a dining room, accessed from the hall and the family room. Adjacent to these is a fully fitted modern kitchen and utility. All rooms to the back are south facing with views to the sea.
The ground floor also includes a guest WC and a one-bedroom apartment that can, with the locking or opening of a connecting door, be separated from or included with the rest of the house. The apartment accommodation includes a kitchen/dining space, a sitting room, bathroom and a bedroom. Upstairs is the master bedroom with ensuite facilities, a walk-in wardrobe and a dormer window with great sea views to Ardmore. There are three more bedrooms and a bathroom on the seaward side while an office looks out on to the garden.
The residence is in perfect condition and ready for any occupant to come and put their mark on it.
The land is the best of ground. Walking it with auctioneer Brian Gleeson, one could not help but admire the healthy sward of grass covering every inch.
Divided into 11 fields by neat hedgerow, towards the back it rises to a slight elevation affording the farm protection from the sea breeze.
A gravel central roadway runs through the middle of the holding, servicing all sections with one field fronting a side-road adjacent to the house. In the event of the requisite permission being obtained, there might be a prospect of planning for this piece.
The frontage could also provide independent access should the land be sold separately from the dwelling.
The yard consists of a range of facilities including an extensive nine-bay round-roof shed with slatted bays and accommodation for up to 100 cattle.
Adjacent is a round-roofed shed with double lean-to suitable for fodder storage, animal accommodation or machinery. A smaller shed is located beside a substantial silage slab while an older round-roof animal shed stands at the other end of the haggard and away from the main yard.
This is a fine farm, it is well cared for and well farmed. Rented in recent years to careful and diligent tenants, it is due to come out of lease shortly. The whole package makes for a really attractive residential unit in a strong farming area. "It is very rare for a farm of this size and quality to come for sale in west Waterford," explains Mr Gleeson, "and I expect a wide range of interest. We can sell it in any number of configurations depending on what the customers require.
"It's in a fantastic location, close to the school, the church and the village and close to a number of lovely beaches.
"The property is within striking distance of Cork and Waterford while Dungarvan and Youghal are on the doorstep."