English-style architectural beauty with great gardens

THREE generations of the Brooke family have grown up in Parkholme, one of Youghal’s finest private residences and an architectural gem.

Designed by the firm of Chillingworth and Leavy and built in 1931, the bricks were made locally in Youghal Brickworks, and the roof tiles were imported from France.

The design wouldn't look out of place in the Surrey Downs, which would indicate that the house follows the Domestic Revival style, an English trend of which the finest example is the Menlo Gardens estate in Blackrock, Cork. Chillingworth and Leavy also designed the Royal Cinema in Youghal.

At the time, Parkholme was built for £4,000 with oak floors added as optional extra for £500. Mr Murray carved the decorative elements on the classic 1930s staircase with a pen knife, according to Ken Brookes, the vendor.

He remembers a buzzer in every room for the maid, and also recollects driving the unfortunate domestic to distraction as a child by constantly pressing the button.

His mother is responsible for the superb gardens, which won two national garden awards in the 1960s.

The house is also impeccable, according to Pat Burke of Burke Wall Property Partners, being subject to a thorough painting every year, both inside and out.

This is why the original steel frame windows looks so good.

The house has been maintained to a very high degree but has largely not been interfered with and it's not dated as such, just eminently comfortable and highly unusual. A property with such a strong style is a collector's item in its own right and deserves to be listed.

It has an idyllic setting, according to selling agent Pat Burke, overlooking the Blackwater Estuary and is on a large, mature site.

He gives a guide price of €535,000 for Parkholme.

Were this property 30 miles up the road in Cork city, it could achieve considerably more than this guide, so it's an opportunity for buyers with less cash and more taste to invest in a jewel of a property and still be able to commute to Cork.

Youghal now has excellent road connections to the city and there's also the beach in summer.

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