More land, less cash, great deal

WAY, way more grounds, for way, way less cash, are now offered at the big family home Gleann Alainn, at Kilcoolishal, Glanmire, just east of Cork city.

Built by a former national chairman of An Taisce, engineer and builder Philip Mullally and his wife Molly, there’s now an especially tempting range of options via agent Hugh McPhillips.

He first marketed the 1980s-era home on 0.9 of an acre, with lovely woodland grounds, at €1.2 million more than two years ago but it remained unsold. Now determined to sell, there’s a package on offer with house and two acres for €750,000, or on a fuller eight acres for €900,000.

Totally private, the six-bed home has 5,200 sq ft of space with lots of quirkiness, several staircases, and a 600 sq ft play room, as well as three reception rooms and four bathrooms.

The aspect of this almost Alpine-looking house (a bit dated, but clearly built to last) is great, elevated in the woods, looking southwards towards Cork harbour through mature trees.

Cork’s merchant princes have a long history of building villa-style homes on this extended shoulder hill ridge running east-west north of Cork city, and Gleann Alainn continues that trend, now with land to spare and in a far more affordable buying category.

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