Old school house could be your new home

THERE’S only so much time left to go to school through the fields at the Old School House on Church Hill in Glanmire.

Cork city's ripples are slowly but steadily coming out towards Church Hill, while the original village of Glanmire has grown exponentially, in leaps and boundaries. Examples? Developers Frinailla were recently refused planning for a low-density housing scheme nearby, but the land is zoned, while McInerneys have acquired a considerable land bank a few miles away on the road back to the city and north ring road.

Dating back to 1889, this tasty former school house ended its school days in 1972, and was converted subsequently to a full-time residence.

Although done almost two decades ago, the conversion has stood the test of time, and the 3,000 sq ft home still has the requisites for comfortable family living, and enormous appeal in its gardens. The cut-stone and brick quoin finished building is on walled gardens of one-third of an acre on Church Hill a five minute downhill walk to Glanmire village, and probably a ten minute walk back up.

It is on newly on the market for €590,000 with agent Michael H Daniels, who normally specialises in country house sales but who has come to the edge of the city for this quite special home.

"It should get quite a widespread response, and professionals like doctors might be keen on it. It will suit families trading up looking for a different home, and it might get interest from further afield as well," he forecast as viewings start this month.

With a southerly aspect and setting just off Church Hill, the one-time school still has a good degree of seclusion and privacy thanks to the enclosing stone walls, he notes.

It has five bedrooms, and is set out on two levels, with some part-mezzanine space as well and lots of full-height ceilings in rooms.

Rooms include a 20' by 18' sitting room, with double aspect, high beamed ceilings, open gallery with spiral stairs access at one end and tall chimney breast at the other. The large kitchen/dining room has a solid fuel stove, is double aspect and has garden access. There's also a family room, bathroom and two ground level bedrooms, with a second bathroom and three bedrooms at first floor level.

The old days of bringing a lump of coal or turf to the teacher have ended here too, since the place has gas central heating.

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