Distinctive listed property will need some restoration

HISTORY and originality combine in this five-bedroomed residence, called Clover Hill House near Mallow, Co Cork.

A distinctive, snub-nosed house, the property is now listed and was, according to records, built by an unidentified family of Cromwellian settlers.

While it’s in need of considerable restoration, it’s probably one of the oldest houses in North Cork and would originally have been thatched.

The snub-nosed part refers to the curved gables at either end, which fits in perfectly with modern, eco-house design, cutting down on heat loss by being streamlined.

The preservation order means it will need a dedicated new owner to bring it up to standard, but there are limited grants available for work on properties such as this.

Less than two miles from Mallow town, Clover Hill house is part of a larger farm sale, but will be sold off with four acres, making it attractive for hobby farmers or equestrian enthusiasts, at a guide price of €300,000. An adjacent six acres has full planning permission for a large, five-bedroomed house and is also for sale at a guide price of €300,000.

One of the outstanding features of Clover Hill House and the six acre site are superb views over the Blackwater Valley.

Auctioneer Christy Buckley is handling the sale.

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