Stone-built cottage has its own footbridge and several acres

THE house, the trees, the site and the river. Hard to sum up all the attributes of this sale at Rocklodge, Co Cork, because there’s so much in it.

Firstly, there’s a little stone cottage which was once the gate lodge to Rocklodge House, a tucked-away, period property which last changed hands 10 years ago.

This gatelodge sits on a bluff above the Cloghroe Road, in a deep and wooded valley. The River Martin flows at the other side, and right by the house a gurgling brook cuts its way through to the sandstone rock to join the Martin on its way to the Lee at Carrigrohane, a little under a mile away.

Approached via a long driveway from the road, the cottage is at the far end of a site of 2.5 acres, which includes a cleared area, ripe for development. Utterly private and shielded by trees, this land is part of the rural protection zone and development is strictly monitored. However, there could be flexibility on the planners’ part, says Frank Walsh of O’Mahony Walsh, in light of the existing dwelling on the site.

He is looking for offers in excess of €650,000 for this unspoilt property, which is a mere 10 minute’s commute to Cork city.

Locals searching for a site are sure to give the Rocklodge site a look over, especially as existing residents can, in certain circumstances, qualify automatically for planning permission. Here, however, there is the option to extend the existing dwelling, and there are architects plans drawn up and available to view, says Frank Walsh.

Secluded, lush and with quaint woodland paths, that running stream and a canopy of 100-year-old trees, this is a rare one.

Houses and sites in the area are always in strong demand because of the ease of access to the city, and because of demand created by planning regulations. Frank Walsh has already had a number of viewings.

There is also the option, he says, of purchasing the house and some four acres, if required.

The cottage has been fully and sympathetically renovated and offers two reception rooms, a fitted, hand-painted kitchen with staircase to the top floor where there are two bedrooms and a main bathroom.

The ground surrounding the cottage is fully landscaped and there are a number of feature pathways behind the house leading up to the woods and stream. The pedestrian access to the house includes a little wooden, footbridge. Cute.

Property Partners O’Mahony Walsh are the selling agents.

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