Ballymaloe Cottage a tasty offering in East Cork

Eve Kelliher reports on the sale of 1860s-built Ballymaloe Cottage, located adjacent to the world-famous Ballymaloe Country House.

PUT that pen down right now if you are furiously scribbling a wish-list for a dream home, because Ballymaloe Cottage simply ticks all the boxes for family living.

When you consider its proximity to some of Ireland’s most scenic beaches as well as its spacious accommodation and extensive gardens, it’s not surprising that the residence, at Ballymaloe More, Shanagarry, Co Cork, is attracting keen interest.

Set on an acre and a half of mature gardens, Ballymaloe Cottage is located adjacent to the world-famous Ballymaloe Country House. “Ballymaloe Cottage was built in 1860 and extended in 2002/2003 and has a lovely country-house character,” says Adrianna Hegarty of Hergarty Properties which is offering it for sale with a guide price of €335,000.

The property is situated in a quiet residential area only four miles from the picture-perfect fishing village of Ballycotton and a mile from Cloyne, providing all necessary amenities while at the same time only 15 minutes from the bustling town of Midleton.

Nearby is Stephen Pearce Pottery, Kilkenny Design, Ballymaloe Cookery School, Ardnahinch Bird Sanctuary and of course that enviable choice of beaches including Ballycroneen, Ballybrannigan, Ardnahinch and Garryvoe -- offering miles of unspoilt coastline only a short drive away.

Ballymaloe Cottage, which is hidden from the road, is set on circa 1.5 acres of mature gardens, shrubs, well-tended lawns and a gravel driveway with ample parking.

The 3,300 square feet of living accommodation includes seven bedrooms, four of which are ensuite.

The sitting room is a large, dual-aspect room with laminate flooring and antique-style fireplace with fitted multi-fuel stove.

French doors lead from the living room to a patio with a westerly orientation.

The kitchen/dining room boasts a fully fitted pine kitchen, with free-standing gas cooker and double overn, as well as an American-style fridge/freezer. This room features a tiled splashback as well as tiled flooring.

The site is planted with mature trees and shrubbery and boasts a sunny orientation. There are a number of garden sheds (one is fully powered and houses the washing machine and dryer), outside tap and barbecue/patio area.

VERDICT: well worth viewing, and in a glorious east Cork setting too.

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