Converted school in class of its own

Two-bed West Cork property comes with gardens and some old-world character Tommy Barker reports.

Converted school in class of its own

IN a class of its owns is the old, converted West Cork school — now a two-bed home of character, on gardens and old school yard of one-third of an acre.

The former 1940’s-built national school at Knockbue, near Drimoleague and the well-known fishing lakes at Gurranes, is now a 1,000 sq ft home, largely open plan with double aspect main living room, and with two bedrooms and old-world feel.

The Old School is beaming with old-world character, says selling agent Daniel Lehane, and indeed it is — it even has some thin beamed ceilings in the main living room, which also has a cast iron wood-burning stove in a brick fireplace setting.

The setting is just off the main Bantry road, between Dunmanway and Drimoleague near the lakes and the gardens are very well kept, says Mr Leanhe (selling jointly with Pat Maguire). The separate outbuildings and stores include the former water tower. It now has deep bore well, with other local services, and heating is by stove and electricity. Other rooms include a kitchen, utility, study, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

VERDICT: Quirky textbook conversion.

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