One for a million - a substantial west Cork farm hits the market
A substantial west Cork farm suitable for livestock and tillage is on the market with a €1m guide price
Ballinspittle in West Cork became famous in the 1980s for its moving statue, but it also deserves to be known for its strong farming tradition and its good ground.
Ernest Forde of Hodnett Forde is handling the private treaty sale of a fine 94ac residential farm at Ballycatten, Ballinspittle.
The holding, which has grown beet, barley and grass in the last year, is guided at €1m.
In 1985 when the moving statue phenomenon was at its height Ballinspittle was a hard place to get to.
I remember driving there to see what I could see and in those pre-sat nav days, when road signs were often as reliable as the weather, it took a long time to get there and longer to get back.
Nowadays, with improved roads and cars Ballinspittle is within striking distance of any part of Munster.
Located 10 minutes from Kinsale and 15 minutes from Bandon, the farm is adjacent to the village and has road frontage on to three roads. The place has been rented to very good tenants in recent years and farmed to a high degree.
At the centre of the holding is a traditional farmstead reached by a long avenue shared with another landowner to the front. In its day this would have been one of the more substantial farmsteads in the area.
The solid two-storey house and the yard are in a courtyard around a lovely green area.
The house is a long construction with a store under the same roof at one end, the dwelling in the middle and a single-story fuel store attached at the other end.
The residential part extends to 1,433sqft. The house hasn't been lived in for a number of years and is in need of complete renovation.
There is a wide range of traditional farm buildings around the house including a large stone-built, two-storey, lofted barn.
This has plenty of character and would make for an interesting development project.
The farm buildings include an unusual A-roof three-column haybarn with a lean-to to the rear and another to one side with a flat roofed cow-byre at the other. There are also two sets of old stone buildings.
The land is the best of west Cork ground - gently undulating and self-draining.
It is laid out in 13 fields with frontage on to three roads and a stream running along the northern boundary.
The farm is currently in a mix of pasture, fodder beet and after cereals with a 12ac parcel of woodland known as Ballycatten Wood.
Ernest Forde says 72ac of the ground is comprised of top class and good land with 20ac in forestry, in hill and glen that has been allowed go wild but with some remedial works could be reclaimed.
The property can is for sale in one or three lots.
The house and outbuildings on 51ac including the woodland make up the first lot with a guide price between €650,000 and €700,000.
A 31ac parcel comprised of 17ac of good ground with the rest needing attention is guided at €200,000, while a 12.4ac piece with good road frontage is guided at €145,000 and currently has an offer of €136,000.
This latter parcel may have some site potential.
Ernest Forde describes the sale as "a rare opportunity to purchase a substantial block of quality farmland with a traditional residence and farm buildings.
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