It is a genuine, intact period home in the midst of a resurgent village, with a cobbled courtyard, stone outbuildings, and a walled-in half acre of glorious grounds which back on to the Capella Castlemartyr Hotel and golf course, all steeped in history and character.
As there is valuable side access to the yard and gardens, there may be scope for a house or two to be built here at the back. And, it may also be suitable for some other commercial uses given its setting in the very heart of the east Cork village, next to the old RIC barracks.
There may be no heating or hot water, but there is an incredible kitchen sink hewn out of the solid limestone of the window sill, and a large stone-fringed pond hidden at the end of the garden, practically the size of a swimming pool.
The five-star Capella hotel might well have an interest as it could tie in with their own sprawling hotel grounds and it would give the business a unique calling card right on Main Street.
Anyone who has seen the way Morrissey’s famous pub in Abbeyleix has recently added on plush extra rooms of similar vintage would be taken by the opportunities offered here.
Then again, with a guide price just in excess of €500,000, this two-storey plus attic building of 3,700 sq ft will be within the reach of many people who will relish the thought of buying such an original property, which is an executor sale following the death of its owner last year.
Symmetrical to the front, with a central fan-lit door and hallway, it has reception rooms left and right, a rear scullery and flagstone hallway leading to an ancient side kitchen with cast-iron range and bread ovens. The only bathroom/shower room is at ground level, overhead are four bedrooms (two with fireplaces) and there’s narrow stair access to the attic rooms.
Selling agents are Brennan and Foy, who sold the Castlemartyr lands and former Carmelite monastery to make way for the Cappella development.