Manor in a rare setting

WHOEVER buys Cregane Manor will already be familiar with west Cork — and they’ll know just what a rarity they are getting.

That’s the betting among the selling agents of this Co Cork coastal home, on more than 30 acres of woodland privacy, a mile from Rosscarbery and just above the Warren strand, an hour from Cork city and international airport.

Among its period home peers in the country, it has a rare setting — between the public, scenic main west Cork coastal route and the sea, and that siting is so utterly special, it should guarantee a sale.

Other Irish country and period houses might have languished months, or even several years now, in a stalled and nervous market.

Not so here at Cregane, and especially given the surprisingly modest €1.5 million guide quoted by agents Sheila O’Flynn and Ray O’Neill of Sherry FitzGerald. They will cater for the local and Irish market, with Christies giving it a bit more of an international canvassing, but the expectation is that it is such a prize, it will prompt a buyer who literally knows the lay of the land here.

The earliest buildings here date back several centuries, with some old castellated walls rebuilt, but the so-private house standing here by a ring of centuries’ old Scots Pines here is Victorian, at its nicest, and most liveable. Its cast iron hoppers on the intact gutters proudly give the house’s date as 1871.

The mix includes a four-bed, four-bathroom main residence, with stunning conservatory with beach and pier views through sloping lawns, a pristine stone-flagged courtyard with two coachhouse studio apartments, a doll’s house-like gate lodge by the estate’s main road entrance, and sundry stone outbuildings.

Cregane Manor has changed hands several times in the past half century, including Dutch owners who worked on the residence, and more latterly from Britain, and those most recent caring owners did it great favours — they spent the past 20 years planting and creating gardens with a keen eye to natural beauty, and nature.

Mostly woodland, its pasture is left as wild meadow, with wide paths scythed through, with crafted ponds.

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