Triple aim – three houses on 30 acres for 1.25 million euros in Rathcormac

THERE IS an unusual arrival on the market just outside Rathcormac, a village currently undergoing positive change, where a collaboration between the local community council and the UCC School of Planning is focusing on providing sustainable means to the village to meet the needs of its growing population.

The village has a very active community council and a series of concrete plans which include the provision of a network of footpaths across the wider area (in progress) and the development of a 10 acre community park (also in progress , on a progressive basis). Home construction is also underway with developers also delivering on a phased basis.

Against this backdrop of progress in Rathcormac comes a 30-acre residential property with three houses in Curraghteemore.

With the zoning of the greenbelt, building more homes there is not an option. The three currently located there consist of an original two-storey farmhouse and two converted outbuildings. The conversion work is being carried out expertly, in particular the larger of the two former outbuildings, which is now a 119m² four bedroom (BER F) stone house on an elevated site with views over the rolling countryside.

four beds
four beds

A hugely attractive property, it does a good job of showcasing the original exposed stonework within, while the stonework outside is also immaculate. Entrance is directly into the comfortable living room with exposed stonework and alcoves and a large fuel burning stove.

There is a sliding door to the kitchen and more exposed stonework. Light green kitchen units give it an airy feel and there is a door to the rear garden.

Four bedrooms have wooden floors, and pale paint and skylights help keep the feel light and airy. Outside there are lawns to the front and rear, as well as gravelled seating areas and plenty of space for the barbecue. As Michael Barry of Dick Barry & Son Auctioneers points out, everything is done with great taste.

A second converted outbuilding (41.5m², BER G) with a bright yellow door is also very pretty and is currently converted into a self-contained gite/apartment with kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms, all on the ground floor, and an attic floor above.

self-contained unit
self-contained unit

As Barry points out, this could be suitable for home office use.

The third home is the original farmhouse, a 3/4 bedroom 134m² over two floors (BER E2), which is also in good condition, although in places it would benefit from a decorative upgrade. A conservatory has been added and the ground floor also includes a kitchen, living room, games room, utility room and downstairs bathroom. There are three bedrooms above.

Mr Barry, who runs the 30-acre property with three £1.25m accommodations, says it was bought by a Cork businessman around 20 years ago as an investment, with restoration and upgrade works carried out over the years.

“Some of the family, who also had houses in Cork City, lived there for a few years,” he says.

The land was never rented, he adds, but an agreement was made with a local farmer who used to cut the grass twice a year and use it for silage. Mr Barry says the property dates back to the 1650s and includes a four-column hay barn. He says the land “is very good, quite lush” and could be used for grazing. As the only access to the land is via the path that runs alongside the houses, it is sold in a single lot. It is bounded by the River Bride.

“It could be ideal for something like an equestrian center with staff quarters,” says Barry. There is also the potential for AirBnB and perhaps the possibility of a commercial venture such as glamping.

Location-wise, it is 2.7 km from Rathcormac village and 27 km from Cork city centre.

VERDICT: Will likely attract someone with a business vision (or an investor) as this is not a typical house/land sale.

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