Despite appearing on the market just before Christmas, a 58ac residential farm located just 1km south of Ballineen village is attracting strong interest.
On the books of Hodnett Forde Property Services in Clonakilty, Co Cork, the property at Knockaneady holds a lot of trump cards.
Situated not far from the southern bank of the Bandon River, the land is divided into three large fields which are securely fenced and have been used to grow maize in recent years.
Described as top-quality land, it is low-lying, sheltered and has a southerly aspect. What is underneath the soil could really kick up interest as there are substantial gravel deposits in the area.
The house is a traditional two-storey farmhouse with an extension and an oil-fired central heating system. While the new owner may wish to upgrade the house internally, it is ready for immediate occupancy if required.
An entrance hall at the front leads off to two reception rooms with a kitchen and bathroom completing the ground floor. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, a bathroom and toilet. It has the appearance of a terraced house as adjoining the dwelling is a two-storey farm building with a loft which could lend itself to conversion.
The yard is to the rear of the dwelling and forms a U-shaped courtyard. Across from the aforementioned lofted building is a run of stables and behind that is a large round-roofed hay shed with an open silo and cattle crush to the rear of this.
A large double lean-to hay shed forms the western boundary of the courtyard. There are also other general purpose buildings between the dwelling and the large shed. The property has its own private water supply and has private drainage.
There are also entitlements in the region of €3,800.
A tree-lined avenue provides access from the public road and there is about 200m of road frontage on this southern boundary of the property. That public road is a branch of the Ballineen to Clonakilty road and goes via the village of Rossmore. The local road network makes this ground very accessible, the towns of Bandon, Clonakilty and Dunmanway are all within a 20-minutes drive and the Bandon valley area is renowned for its agricultural prowess.
As the crow flies, this property is within 1km of the Carbery milk processing plant and less than a two-minute drive gets you to the village of Ballineen.
This is a farm that was always likely to spark interest across the farming spectrum and it has not disappointed in that regard.
Auctioneer John Hodnett said: “This is an executor sale. It was listed on the day we finished up for Christmas and there has been a lot of genuine interest in it since. There are substantial gravel deposits and a bit of an equestrian attraction too. It’s a good farm with a lot to offer. We’re guiding this in the region of €1.1m to €1.2m.”
This guide price puts it in the region of €19,000/ac to €21,000/ac. Its proximity to the Bandon River means the soil type is excellent and the presence of gravel is sure to play a part in the final outcome of this west Cork holding.