When I heard the address Rockvale House, Castletownroche, Co Cork, I knew it rang a distinct bell with me. One of the reasons it sounded so familiar was that I remember walking almost every inch of it with former owner, George Buckley.

Such was the comprehensive nature of the viewing, coupled with the superb hospitality of the owners, that a mere five hours later I was only getting into my car to go home. Apart from the lengthy viewing, I remember it to be one of the nicest farms I had walked that year, which was September 2007. From memory, it was a property that had been extremely well nurtured over the years, formerly home to an award-winning dairy herd.