The 400-year-old Carrigrohane Castle on a rocky bluff near the Model Farm Road and occupied for decades by the O’Brien family, was offered quietly for €2.5m in May.
It has been snapped up with resale and site development in mind, according to sources, who indicate the castle might be put back publicly for sale, with much of the 16 acres kept back for house building, subject to planning.
Equally set on a defensive and elevated 2.3-acre wooded site near Carrigrohane, and the Anglers Rest bar, is this one-off dating from the late 1900s, called Naomhóg, and all good to go.
It’s just a bit north of the Straight Road and the Inniscarra Road, and is a short drive to the city centre, to Apple at Hollyhill across the wooded valley past Kerry Pike with its woods cultivated by the Blarney Estate.
Also a short commute is Ballincollig, with its booming employment base.
Any of those employment-strong centres, or medics in hospitals such as the CUH, Bons or Mercy, could well supply a new owner for this unusual five-bed home.
The views alone from the heights here on Temple Hill may well be the clincher, in the sale of this house named for the Irish word for currach.
There’s even one of those iconic images of an upturned lath and canvas naomhóg painted on this home’s entrance pillars.
Knowingly or unknowingly, it gives a clue as to this 2,800 sq ft home’s layout: it’s an upside down build, with its main living rooms on the upper deck, best placed for crow’s nest views out over Carrigrohane and down the Lee Fields.
Handily set well above any flood plains and unlikely to wash off anywhere soon, it’s floated on the autumn market with agents Norma Healy and Sheila O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald after plans for a spring launch were deferred. It’s guided at €755,000, and is a bit of a rare perch indeed.
Next door is an even grander home, colonial style, built by the late Patrick Peters of Wilton Bar background, since resold, and which at one time was fancied by Roy Keane.
An upgraded two-storey house, in a commanding position on a similarly sloping and most private site, Naomhóg has its best rooms and views from the upstairs, especially from the upgraded open plan 40’ by 22’-wide end room which is home to a kitchen, living and dining room, feeling a bit like a penthouse apartment.
This 800 sq ft room has a Poggenpohl kitchen with red and black gloss units and Neff appliances, with dramatic views from its shallow, full-length box bay windows.
A hospitable, family-friendly space, it has a wood-burning stove, and a triple aspect, making it bright throughout the day.
The gable end opens, via French doors, to a first floor deck, up on galvanised steel legs, and it has been used for evening barbecues, early sunny morning breakfasts, and in fact any quickly grabbed chances for al fresco dining.
Also on this level is a landing and porch, a study/bedroom, and a bedroom with dressing room next to a bathroom.
Down at the lower/ground level is a gable end master bedroom with dressing room, en suite, and sheltered terrace access under the first floor deck, with two other bedrooms facing east for morning sun, and service rooms such as a utility, pantry and bathroom at the far side of the central hall.
The house’s northern end, by the parking/access point, has a series of stores, with an optional gym/granny flat, next to a bedroom with WC.
This layout makes it suitable for home office/consultancy use, adding to the mix of buyers this house is aimed at.
Access to Naomhóg is via electric gates on a cul de sac lane serving a handful of homes: despite the acreage, at 2.3 acres, it isn’t going to be too onerous to maintain as a lot can be left as wildlife friendly woodland, while those green copses also will provide lots of timber for the house’s stove.
Selling agents Sherry FitzGerald stress the overall high quality of the interior, especially the main open plan living space and master bedroom suite.
Other selling points are the elevated locations and vistas, privacy and acreage, all within a 10-15 minute spin of major employers, or Muskerry Golf Course.
: Out on its own