Glebe House Gardens a showcase in historic setting

GLEBE House Gardens lay down a tiny marker for bigger things to follow for Clonakilty in West Cork.

Eight smartly conceived and immaculately delivered townhouses, in the former walled garden of the Georgian Glebe House, on Clon's architectural set-piece Emmet Square, have just been completed: sales are set to start next week with Henry O'Leary Property Partners.

It has been done by Hillback Ltd, run by Bobby and Maria Hilliard, with businessman Micheal O Crualoai, who this week pulled off what has been billed as the best site purchase ever in the town when they paid €8/€9 million for the GAA club pitch on the ring road, with river and sea frontage. It will have over six developable acres, zoned for residential and commercial/retail uses.

In comparison, Glebe House Gardens are a showcase of how to develop contemporary houses in an historic setting, to a design by architect Geraldine Coughlan of Richard Rainey architects.

To the back of the refurbished six-bed period Glebe House (currently under offer at e1.1 million) the townhouses have pedestrian access onto Emmet Square, and cars can get close via an access point nearby, with reserved parking for each house.

The two-bed townhouses all have slightly individual and adaptable internal layouts, with about 1,000 sq ft of space each, and appear ideal for traders-down who don't want to compromise on quality.

With a private, highly-landscaped courtyard setting, and with a feature old myrtle tree in pride of place, the houses have costly genuine zinc roofs with low pitches, zinc rain water chutes, quality timber double glazing, cedar wood box bays and stainless steel rails around the first floor balconies.

And, they've large first floor bedrooms, with adjoining bathrooms, while the ground floor has a second bathroom, second bedroom, a tall-ceilinged living room and large kitchen/dining space, with soaring ceilings and quality built-ins and finishes. They are being offered ready to be furnished, with tiling, kitchens, carpets, and porcelain tiling in place, and a dramatic showhouse completed by Maria Hilliard indicates a tone likely to be followed by other purchasers.

Two have been reserved prior to release, and the first available units to buy are priced by Henry O'Leary Property Partners at €375,000-plus. He says there has been a build-up of anticipation about the houses here.

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