This 180-year-old home is ideally manageable for the modern 21st century family, writes Tommy Barker
There are lovely, country home touches to Blarney’s Stoneview House, such as a 200m long lime tree and laurel lined avenue, courtyard with old stone buildings, grass tennis court and period, well proportioned rooms.
But, as the 180-year-old property comes up for sale, it’s appears to be a manageable proposition for a 21st century family buyer, neither a mansion, nor a millstone.
Set on wooded grounds of 4.65 acres, three kms north of Blarney and a 15 minute commute from Cork city’s suburbs close to the N20 Mallow/Limerick road, it’s a 2,245 sq ft four-bed home, described as “a delightful Victorian former presbytery, believed to date from the 1830-1840s,” says selling agent Michael H Daniels.
He guides the trim house, with picturesque ivy-clad facade on verdant grounds at €695,000, and says style-wise it almost spans the architectural crossover from Georgian to Victorian, and got “a sympathetic but comprehensive renovation in 1989.”
Now, its decor reflects the ‘80s a bit too, with some dark painted ceilings, but there’s still much originality to continue to preserve and enhance for and by its next owners.
Rooms beyond the pretty fascia-ed porch with leaded glass front door include a hardwood floored hall with stripped pine doors, drawing room, dining room, kitchen with old Aga, butler’s pantry, and four bedrooms and four bathrooms, some with original sanitary ware, cast iron bath, etc.
Windows are a mix of sliding sash to the front and more Georgian-style small paned ones to the back.
As charming are the grounds, with lawns and old grass tennis court, along with masses of hardwood trees, planted by generations of owners.
The rear courtyard has whitewashed, traditional old stone buildings in a cluster, including stables/loose boxes, workshed, laundry and they have conversion and upgrade potential, Mr Daniels suggests.
Set past curving entrance boundary walls and pillars, and barely glimpsed at the end of its long, straight lime tree-line avenue, Mr Daniels believes Stoneview House may have belonged to the Blarney Estate in its earliest days, while in the 1890s it was the home of a Justice of the Peace, Robert Fitzgerald Townsend.