Nuptials are off the radar at Glandore’s Rectory: one of the most atmospheric, and best-sited wedding venues in Ireland is up for sale and is most likely to revert to use as a private home once more rather than being bought as a commercial or hospitality venture.
The Georgian villa-style home, one of three in a row built in the early 1800s by the Allen family in coastal Glandore’s very best situation, looking right out to the mouth of the harbour and Adam and Eve islands, is guided at €1.4 million by joint agents Charles P McCarthy in Skibbereen and Savills in Cork city.
But now, having not traded or been occupied in a year or two, it is in need of attention and further spending.
Part of a trio initially owned by the local Allen family and originally called Chateau Maria in the early 19th century, its detached neighbours in equally commanding perches include the very fine Seamark, and Stone Hall, all three on sloping grounds with a woodland backdrop.
Seamark (after a world-class restoration and architecturally-driven conservation job) was a top seller in the Munster market in 2012, showing on the Price Register at €3.7m after five year on the market, and on its full five acres of grounds made closer to €4m via McCarthys.
The Rectory is on c1.25 acres, with two entrance drives, and faces south over its dropping lawns to the harbour and ocean, above the Wild Atlantic Way as it passes from Glandore towards the bridge to Union Hall.
The super-scenic West Cork locale, and this bridge, even get to steal a scene or two in the latest, feelgood Irish comedy and cycling road-movie, Young Offenders, which goes on general release this weekend.
The joint agents resurrect the description of Glandore as an Irish Riviera, and even during the last eight years or so the village has managed to hit €1m-plus property sales with some regularity.
Apart from the stellar c €4m price paid for Seamark, a modern Rushanes/Glandore home called Baywood sold in 2016 for €1.103m; Green Property’s Stephen Vernon paid €1.65m for the contemporary Violet Garden on Riviera Terrace in 2014; and Tony O’Reilly’s Seacliffe, with acres of land, swimming pool, tennis court and two houses sold last year for a seemingly lowly €942,000, and may well turn out to have been the bargain buy of the recovery years, in a very few short years to come.
The five-bed, five en-suite, period house, the Rectory “awaits its new owners, who are likely to make it their full-time home or indeed their summer residence,” says Maeve McCarthy.
The sale comes as Glandore has again found it feet: all of its bars are back in business, a new restaurant, the Glandore Bistro, has opened, and the 11-bed Marine Hotel and its 17 upmarket apartments (developed by the family that owned the Rectory) has been sold to a consortium for c €1.8m, after a 2011 receivership.
Apart from location and setting, the Rectory scores in its market niche as a pleasant period home, with many original features, windows, ornate plasterwork and has three reception rooms set up, up front, with tall French windows for Glandore’s golden water views, with commercial kitchen behind.
The house’s sweeping staircase, under a decorative plasterwork arch, is a scene-setter in its own right, and rightly features in many Irish wedding albums.
Looking for Mr or Ms Right to say ‘I do.’