Rosscarbery tillage and grass holding comes with ruins of period house and an old watch tower
Often the territory in coastal areas is a mix of powerful scenery and poor land. However, along the south coast some of the finest ground is found in scenic spots where prime tillage land has the best of sea views.
In West Cork, renowned for its scenery and land, a 122ac farm at Downeen, Rosscarbery combines both and is for sale by private treaty with a guide of between €1.25m and €1.5m.
On its own peninsula overlooking Warren Beach, the farm is just 1km from Rosscarbery and is bounded entirely on one side by the road leading down to Rosscarbery pier, giving it extensive road frontage.
A substantial portion at the lower end is surrounded on three sides by the sea.
The holding is laid out in about 20 fields divided by traditional hedgerow. It is made up of 35ac of tillage ground and 87ac of grazing ground; most of the grassland is good, while some coastal pieces bounding the road near the pier is in rougher grazing.
The property includes a derelict, traditional farmhouse with a courtyard of derelict farm buildings associated with the old Downeen Estate and the ruins of a 16th-century watchtower.
The remains of the buildings can be bought as a separate lot on 7.5ac, where the house and outbuildings would have the makings of a great restoration project.
According to John Hodnett of Hodnett Forde, the farm has been leased out for the last 40 years and is one of the finest farms to come to the market in the area in some time.
He describes it as an attraction proposition for a range of customers including tillage, beef or dairy farmers as well as investors and leisure entrepreneurs.
The property will be offered for sale as an entire and as a number of lots made up of 114.30ac of tillage and grass, and the 7.5ac.
Mr Hodnett reports a lively level of enquiries about the smaller portion.
“I expect keen farmer interest in the land. There is a strong productive farming community in this area involved in all sectors of farming,” he said.