Rare chance to live in charming Castle Grove

Pictures: Larry Cummins

There will be many bids for a rare chance to live in Castle Grove, writes Tommy Barker. 

HOMES within Castle Grove, just up above the town centre in Mallow along St Joseph’s Road, don’t come to market very often –— they’re keepers, in the main, and that’s why many, even in Mallow, will be unaware of its existence, as well as the setting’s approach, and charms.

Discrete stone walls and pillars mark out the entrance to Castle Grove, with decades’ old mature hardwood trees lining both side of a verdant, uphill drive into Castle Grove, home to 30-40 detached houses, dormers in the main, on mature sites and the grove rounds out on the top with a large, triangular green in the centre of the uppermost homes, all well spaced out.

Castle Grove seems to have evolved in two distinct phases, with the first builds 25 or 30 years ago, followed by a further, smaller phase around 2000.

Now, into the quiet, lofty and leafy setting comes the four-bed detached No 15 Castle Grove, done in the second round at Castle Grove and owned by the same family ever since.

They’ve put No 15 up for sale. It’s in immaculate order, with a good floor plan that includes the option of a fourth bedroom at ground level next to a bathroom, has a much used triple aspect sun room addition on the side off the kitchen/dining room, and is west facing at the wholly private rear, while it looks over mature garden landscaping.

It’s listed with estate agent John Singleton of Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan’s Mallow offices, who says Castle Grove is very highly sought after, and he is confident it will be bought as a trading up home, by a family living already in Mallow and on the hunt for something just like this, within a very walk of the Spa and the town centre.

Mr Singleton notes that there’s not that big a selection of modern detacheds in Mallow in the first instance, building isn’t yet reactivated yet in and around the town on new schemes, and says that the second hand market is performing well as a result.

He says resales here are rare, that it’s always in demand and feels No 15’s going to tick lots of boxes for traders up, families and relocaters.

Comfortable and well finished on both levels, it has a 16’ by 12’ main reception room with dual access, either from the hall, by the front door, or off the kitchen/dining room behind, and has an open fireplace and the option to be used it in a cellular or open plan way ... just open or close the double doors.

Across the hall is a second reception, about 12’ square, used as formal dining, it faces the front garden and has an open fireplace, so can be as readily used as a quiet family room/den, and the existence of a ground floor fourth bedroom/study next to a shower room adds to No 15’s overall adaptability.

Separately, too, there’s a well-laid out 19’ by 13’ kitchen with pine units, good range of appliances and there’s even a water softener tap for top quality drinking water. At ground too is a utility, with shelves of cookery books.

Above are three smart and well finished double bedrooms (selected feature wallpapers here are by Laura Ashley, mostly), plus main bathroom, and three master bedrooms particularly good, with an irregular shape, with sitting space, and has both a walk-in closet, and an en suite bathroom.

Guiding at €350,000, estate agent John Singleton describes the finish and maintenance as being of an “exceptionally high standard of finish throughout.”

Externally, there are front and side gardens, particularly private to the back where there’s large deck off the sun room, with glimpses of hills in the far distance, well beyond the Mitchelstown road which runs out north of Mallow, under the incline St Josephs Road.

VERDICT: looks set fair for spirited bidding.

Mallow, Cork

€350,000

Size: 184 sq m (2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: C1

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