Pallace Wharf, indeed a one-off, has a €4.3 million asking price, not a bad target for a place that has never before even been a home. It has not one, not two, but three selling agents, Sheehy Brothers in Kinsale, Hamilton Osborne King in Cork city, and Knight Frank in London. Since hitting the market last week it has already had some local, national and international inquires, says Peter Cave of HOK.
The converted 165-year old building, now with five en suite bedrooms, served as a warehouse for Kinsale’s 19th century fishing industry, and still has its own slipway and dock on the Scilly promontory, along with a 1,600 sq ft boathouse, previously used for smoking fish.
This Pallace palace is probably the highest profile setting in the harbour town. Kinsale, on the southern coastline, is favoured by some of the world’s wealthiest individuals, with the likes of Donald Trump keen in particular on the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Course, now the town’s 21st century Trump calling card.
With its back to other buildings and its front overlooking the water and the quays, marina and pier in the internationally-noted tourist town, it is a place pitched at a narrow niche of extremely affluent buyers looking for a prime position and not worried about staying too private.
It has just come through a most rigorous conservation and conversion process, thanks to developer Richard Good Stephenson of the building company Lochplace.
Lochplace picked up a National Trust Award for Cor Castle in Innishannon, one of the country’s most remarkable ‘back from the grave’ restorations and now a private home, while it has also been involved in projects in Leinster House, Farmleigh, Rathbarry Castle, Kilcoe Castle and several cathedrals.
However, while the structure in this Pallace Wharf home in a million (or four million) has been kept true to original materials, the interior with 5,000 sq ft of living space is state of the art contemporary.
Thus, for your buck expect marble floors with underfloor heating, CAT 5 IT wiring, wiring for sound, Philippe Starck and Villeroy and Boch sanitary ware, Grohe showers, Travertine stone, cedar and Liscannor among the natural material finishes, low voltage lighting, a heat recovery heating system and a host of other expensive features.