A good house is also necessary — and period character is an added bonus.
That sums up Ileen House, a well-upholstered property just off the main Cork-Mallow road at Blarney, for sale with 35 pristine acres.
And there is the option to buy the house and land with 17 acres, leaving an 18-acre portion, attractive for specialist farmer buyers because demand for land is high in this strong dairying area.
A “long” holding, the Ileen House farm runs in a linear fashion, skirting Blarney’s Station Road and adjoining the main Mallow road, near a well-known wooded area known locally as an attractive walking spot.
For sale by private treaty through Joe McCarthy in the entire or in two lots, the property has excellent road frontage. The house is accessed via an attractive driveway from Station Road.
Coincidentally, this is one of only a few properties with an access (although unused), onto the main Cork-Mallow road. The location makes for a very fast commute to the city via the North Ring road.
The residence is described as superb by McCarthy, who says it’s been significantly improved and modernised by the vendors.
“The house is a spacious two-storey residence with an abundance of charm and character. It has been renovated to a high standard and specification and has retained all the grace and elegance of its era.” It must be seen to be appreciated, he says.
Considering the location and quality of both land and house, and the fact that it’s only a few minutes walk to Blarney village, it will appeal to family buyers or equestrian types looking for an accessible lifestyle property.
The quality of the land will not be lost on locals, either. There’s little or no waste in the 35 acres of permanent pasture, which may also be suitable for tillage. It’s well-fenced and watered — and there could be site development potential in the long term, suggests Joe McCarthy.
The house has a conservatory entrance leading to a main entrance hall with dining room and drawing room at either side, kitchen and utility at the rear, and ground floor bathrooms. The upper level has a bathroom on the half landing, a main family bathroom, plus two double bedrooms and one single.
Outside, there’s a double garage and a large shed — which could suit for horses, or perhaps, pedigree stock.
Sales agent Joe McCarthy is seeking offers in the region of €700,000, and is open to negotiation on lots.