An extended, well-maintained house could be bought as a retirement/hobby farm, or as a rather grand residence for a family, at Guarranes, Drimoleague, Co Cork.
On a minor road from Drimoleague to Dunmanway, this large, six-bed house has 33 acres and a one-fifth share in 220 acres of commonage.
Thirty acres are planted and bring in a yearly premium — it was planted 17 years ago, so won’t need a lot of tending.
The remaining three acres surround the house and are laid out in lush, mature gardens, says agent, Martin Swanton, of Swanton Properties.
“It’s a beautiful place and is a lovely, comfortable family home, with virtually nothing to do to it. There’s the bones of three acres of gardens to the front, back and sides — it’s a lovely, private place. And it has a long avenue into it — a lovely spot.
The plantation is deciduous and the backdrop of birch, ash and oak adds to the privacy of the house, he says, and in autumn to the colour scheme of the gardens. The long driveway is bordered by the woodland, in a tranquil property. At the rear of the house is a large, lawned area with polytunnel, a large shed and a yard, so the property is suitable for keeping ponies.
Adjoining these is another large storehouse and a lean-to glasshouse. Behind the garden is the hill with the share of commonage, included with this sale.
The main house is substantial, with a large entrance porch leading to a hallway, off which is a kitchen/dining room finished with fresh vanilla units, a living room with a very unusual, but highly effective, circular firebreast, a conservatory, two ground-floor bedrooms and utility, shower room and bathroom. The first floor has an en-suite master bedroom, three other bedrooms and a main bathroom. The Guarranes house is just three miles from Drimoleague, seven miles from Dunmanway and seven miles to Bantry town, making it very accessible, says Swanton.
With its land bank and rural location, the property is private and unspoilt, he says, with superb rural views.
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