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Friday 19 January 2018

Organic West Cork farm and getaway for €1.2m

The main residence at Fairy Valley, Durrus, Co Cork.
The main residence at Fairy Valley, Durrus, Co Cork.
The thatched cottage that's part of the sale at Durrus, Co Cork
The views from the property at Durrus, Co Cork
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Fairy Valley is a beautiful property at, Dunbeacon, Durrus, West Cork. Comprising a completely renovated stone farmhouse and thatched cottage the holding has extensive out buildings on 84ac of organically farmed land. The place is on the market with a guide price of €1.2m

Described by Michael O'Donovan of Savill's Cork as a hidden beauty the holding overlooks the picturesque Dunmanus Bay and Sheep's Head peninsulas and is 8km from Durrus and 24km from Skibbereen.

Driving up the long driveway the first property one meets is a beautiful two bedroom thatched cottage with a stunning view from the rear.

The cottage has been very tastefully renovated with accommodation that includes an entrance hall, a kitchen/dining cum living room with a tiled floor, wainscoted walls, a central chimney-breast in natural stone and an open hearth fireplace.

For sleeping accommodation there are two bedrooms, one with a stove while other spaces include a sunroom, a shower room, a main bathroom and a rear porch.

To revive one's weary bones after a day's sightseeing, swimming or sailing there is a wooden hot tub to soak in that can be enjoyed out of doors or in a detached garage.

Further along the avenue is the main residence and out buildings. The house is a lovely two-storey, stone-built farmhouse in excellent condition throughout and finished to an extremely high standard.

The accommodation includes a porch and an entrance hall, a living room, a bathroom and kitchen/dining area with a solid timber floor, a fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, a panelled and beamed ceiling, a soapstone stove and an exposed natural stone built chimney breast.

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There is also a guest WC, a utility room and a pantry while on a mezzanine floor is an office with a built in desk, storage and shelving. On the first floor is found the master bedroom with ensuite facilities along with two further bedrooms and the main bathroom.

Adjacent to the main residence is a converted barn that is currently used as a music room but is suitable to a number of different uses. The barn also has a storage room and a guest WC. Beside that again is a garden room with a tiled floor and a wash hand basin.


Close by is a huge modern warehouse. This could be used for a variety of purposes including storage, a workshop or as stabling. Other outbuildings include a wood store and a gazebo.

There are gorgeous grounds around the house that include a well tended kitchen garden and a parcel of 34ac in permanent pasture.

A plantation of 50ac is in forestry and gives an annual return.

The place was farmed organically and is in great heart, the housing is tastefully and carefully renovated and the whole property is set in one of the most scenic parts of the country. Michael O'Donovan of Savills and Charles McCarthy are joint agents in the sale.

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