A rich opportunity to buy Georgian gem

AN original of the species, and the original of its setting, is Richmond House, a Georgian villa near Glanmire, Co Cork whose original wooded grounds have been swallowed up by one-off housing in the past number of decades.

Likely to date back to the 1840s, it is essentially a sort of early prototype of the bungalow, but with more grace and features – its columned, curving front porch and canary yellow entrance door is a case in point.

Richmond House features on the local Rathcooney Amenity Walk leaflets as a point of interest, and the vendors say an early owner was Frank Peard, one of the first Protestants to become involved with the GAA in the latter half of the 1800s.

Despite its quite grand past, it doesn’t carry a price tag to frighten the horses – estate agent Michael O’Donovan of Sherry FitzGerald in Cork city seeks offers around €475,000. Sherry Fitz had the last Richmond sale, a 1980s dormer in the trees, which sold in the early to mid €400,000s.

Back in the 19th century, Richmond House at Knockhorgan was on about 20 or 30 acres of ground, and many of the trees here date back to this house’s own genesis, says Mr O’Donovan. “Richmond is still probably Glanmire’s premium address,” he adds.

Now, Richmond House is on grounds of between one third and a half acre with mixed boundaries. The house itself has 2,500 sq ft, mostly on the one level with one of its four bedrooms overhead, with a roof light/window.

Some of the recent renovations have removed architectural authenticity, so there’s new pvc double glazing, fascias around the deep-set eaves, etc, and the roof has been re-done, but not in slate. All this might bother a purist (though the house isn’t listed) but it means it is weatherproof and warm.

Overall condition is very good, with some original features such as cornicing and some flooring, especially in the kitchen, with a bold geometric tile pattern. The kitchen has kept an old Aga, with a younger cooker beside to take over some of the summer cooking chores. The adjoining utility has original floor tiles, there’s a shower room and bathroom, and two reception rooms with high ceilings, one has is original fireplace and the other, smaller, room is described as a den.

It has oil heating, and to the side there’s a newly built garage.

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