Farm Ireland

Saturday 18 November 2017

Reduced price of €3m for 298ac Cork farm

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Graigue House, on 298ac at Shanballymore, Mallow, Co Cork, is one of the more substantial farming properties to come on the market in 2012.

A portion of the farm extending to 248ac was sold for €4m in 2006.

But the entire is now back on the market with a reduced guide price of €3m.

The property combines tillage and grassland, comes with a milk quota of 38,000gal and is being sold by private treaty by Sherry Fitzgerald O'Donovan, Mallow.

The farm is located just off the N72, between Mallow and Mitchelstown.

Laid out in two large blocks, the land comprises 193ac situated near the house and an out-farm of 105ac located at Ballintlea South, about half a mile away.

The land is described as level and fertile, with about 20ac on the outfarm that may need attention. Two thirds of the land is mainly under wheat at present, with less than a third in pasture. There is decent road frontage with the farm and river frontage onto the Ogeen.

According to auctioneer Michael O'Donovan, the farm has been well-farmed and is in good heart throughout.

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Laid out in big divisions that are well-fenced, Mr O'Donovan describes it as easily managed.

The main farm has a substantial, if somewhat dated, yard located at the centre of the holding.

Included are a large machinery shed, a silage pit, a haybarn with lean-tos and an old milking parlour.

In terms of other out buildings there is a garage, a series of loose boxes, a tack room and ancillary rooms as well as a number of stone outhouses laid out in courtyard style behind the main house.

The residence was the home of the Comber family from 1917 to 2006, and is described as a fine period home.

Set at the end of a tree-lined avenue, it was originally built at the end of the 18th century.

The accommodation includes a large basement area, two reception rooms flanking an entrance hall, and a kitchen and guest bathroom on the ground floor. There are six bedrooms on the first and second floors.

The house is occupied by short-term tenants and is modernised with central heating and double-glazed windows throughout.

With land that is currently suitable for grass or tillage, it is expected that Graigue Farm will attract huge interest right across Ireland's agricultural spectrum.

The 38,000gal quota will also offer a significant attraction for the many dairy farmers of north Cork and beyond.

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