Slice of sylvan serenity in Glanmire, Cork

This cottage’s private rural, river setting has great grounds for a unique family home, writes Tommy Barker.

Slice of sylvan serenity in Glanmire, Cork

Glanmire, Cork €540,000

Sq m 157 (1,700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3


Best Feature: Great grounds and history

THERE’S a good, pent-up demand for houses of all types and sizes in and around Glanmire right now — yet there’s practically nothing as individual as Glencree Cottage.

Not only does the renovated 1,700 sq ft home carry its century-plus of age with ease, but next to it on its 3.5 acres of private grounds are the stone ruins of an old tuck mill, used in even earlier centuries in the flax and linen industries for making cloth, most likely for military uniforms, the vendors of Glecree Cottage reckon.

A young couple with second child on the way, they bought here when they heard ‘on the quiet’ that it was coming up for sale, and they’ve continued the pattern of recent ownerships of low-key, sensitive upgrades of this long country house, built in two stages, and which now has planning permission for a more modern 1,600 sq ft extension.

However, they’ve decide to sell now at this stage, given the chance to build anew on a seaside site near family.

Glencree Cottage is along and nicely above the now-straightened banks of the Butlerstown River, in a wooded glen setting at Brook Lodge, just north of Cork’s Glanmire, and just north of the N8/M8 as well: in fact, you cross a bridge over that dual roadway to get to this woodland setting, and there’s a recently cleared public amenity path through the wood across the other side of the river. It’s such a pretty setting, known even for a bit of fishing too, add the owners.

Glencree’s 3.5 acre site is privately reached, by a long avenue fringed with beech hedging and mature hardwoods, and with a long lawn section above the river boundary, looking like a good place to gallop a horse or two.

In the absence of horses to graze it, a ride-on mower makes short work of it, and there’s lots of scope for gardening, veg growing and more.

The house itself is backed by a mature mix of woodland, with a seating bower by the far end of a freshly gravelled drive and parking area, and there are paths scythed through the trees behind.

There’s an old stone shed as a mini garage, and beyond that are the remnants of a former tuck mill, still with stout walls, but roofless and in decline: cleared out, and with a judicious bit of lean-to glazing and scented climbing plants, it could be turned into a novel garden room of huge charm and utility.

That’s not to ignore the house: It’s a four-bed, long and lean, effectively one room deep at ground level, and its has an attractive stairs that splits in two directions from the off-set hall, serving bedrooms left and right.

Cleverly, at first floor level, the current owners put in a shared ‘Jack and Jill’ en suite between two of the bedrooms on the right hand portion, and that effectively can give same-level access, secondary to using the split flights of stairs.

There are two further bedrooms down the landing to the left, plus main family bathroom in a rear annexe, and all rooms have great character thanks to this home’s age and shape.

Downstairs there’s a dining room or second reception to the right of the hall, with open fireplace and shutters (fixed in place) on the windowcase, while across the hall is a larger 15’ by 14’ sitting room, with updated fireplace, wide and finished in brick and timber, painted white: it’s a contrast to what you’d expect, but it works in what’s a lovely room.

Beyond again is a kitchen, with island/breakfast bar, and kept in a special place is the original very old range/stove, no longer working, simply kept as memento. Further along is a play room/study, and next to it is a wet room shower.

Smartly shone up and in some spring glory, Glencree Cottage carries a €540,000 asking price via Ann O’Mahony and Gillian McDonnell of Sherry FitzGerald, who say “it’s truly special, engaging, unique — a family home anyone would be proud to own.”

VERDICT: Well kept, but still way more scope with the planning permission for extension, grounds, old stone mill, river aspect and more.

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