A small residential farm is for sale in Co Cork with an asking price of €350,000. The land extends to 37ac and is all in grass. More unusually, however, is that the house with this parcel is a thatched cottage. While the all-important roof is in good condition, the inside of the cottage needs modernisation.
The farm is outside Milford, in the direction of Charleville. It’s in the townland of Kilmore. It being sold by private treaty and brought to market by Treaty Auctioneers.
The farm is laid out in two adjacent blocks. Three fields front on to the public road giving close to 400m of road frontage. There are hedge boundaries around all fields and wire fencing for paddocks. Water is available to all fields.
The farmland in the wider area varies in quality. Auctioneer Martin O’Donovan said that the farm for sale has some top-quality land but some more marginal land, too, that would benefit from improvement work.
The land has been rented out for some years, he said, and this is an executor’s sale.
The yard and farmhouse are located close enough to the middle of the farm, well in from the public road. This means the option of buying the farm and then selling off the house to help pay for the land would not be straightforward. It is generally simpler if a farmhouse is located on the edge of the land. Access to the yard and house is via a stone avenue which is in good condition.
The yard has a three-bay hayshed with a high roof. This shed is over 40 years old and needs cleaning and painting but it’s in very serviceable condition. There are also a number of small, stone outbuildings. These are in good condition with good roofs and are useful for storage.
The house is beside the sheds. The floor area is just under 800sq ft, according to Martin O’Donovan. There are two bedrooms, a kitchen/dining room, a living room and a bathroom. Heating is provided by a solid fuel Stanley stove which is connected to heat radiators. The house has been empty for about two years but is in good structural condition.
The thatched roof
Few farmers know much nowadays about thatched roofs. Coincidentally, auctioneer Martin O’Donovan owns a thatched house which he lived in it at one stage of his life but now his family rent it out as a holiday home.
“I’m not a thatcher but I know a bit about it. The ridge of the roof is the important part. Once you keep it right you can keep the whole roof right. If you repair the ridge after 15 years, then the whole roof can last for 30 years. If the ridge deteriorates then the whole roof goes. So you keep an eye on it. The roof of this house is in reasonable condition,” he says.
The asking price for this farm is equivalent to €9,460/ac. Martin O’Donovan said that the owners are open to good offers. This sale will be watched with general interest to see what happens.