The early 2000s reincarnation of an original Georgian country gentleman’s residence, was built faithfully from scratch, to appropriately high standards, and to the outline of the original house which dated to 1820, after a fire destroyed it.
Park House, in both versions, was the beloved home of the late solicitor Gerard O’Keeffe who at one stage had several Co Cork law offices, as well as a Dublin office.
His former private home since 1973, Park House, is now being sold by his estate.
He had a good eye for property, at one stage owning a circular house in a stunning Dingle Peninsula setting, and he also owned one of Dublin’s choicest-sited homes, Martha’s Vineyard in Dalkey, which he sold to movie maker Jim Sheridan who knocked it, and rebuilt at an all-in reported cost of €5m. At one stage it was offered for sale for €10m, and sold eventually in early 2016 for a reported €2.3 million.
Park House is still in a different price league: auctioneer Michael O’Donovan of Sherry FitzGerald in Mallow, jointly with Liam Murphy in Kanturk, guides Park House Mark 11, plus ll of its 20 acres of land adjoining Kanturk Golf Club, at €550,000 — that’s down from a €1.1 price hope in 2008, and €810,000 in 2011 when Mr O’Keeffe last personally offered it for sale.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a home of such character, where every last detail is finished to perfection. It’s a chance to own a large and magnificent family home”, says Michael O’Donovan.
“It equally affords the possibility of an attractive commercial opportunity, thanks mainly to being on such a large, accessible site, just a mile outside the thriving town of Kanturk.”
Understood to have been rebuilt at significant expense after a successful claim and payout (Mr O’Keeffe had sued the makers of an electric blanket, but the outcome was kept confidential), the 4,000 sq ft home integrates some of the original Barry family’s Park House, such as an internal Georgian ‘sunburst’ arch and some fireplaces in the two large, principal reception rooms, the largest of which is 31’ by 16’.
There’s a wstove in the TV room, a modern kitchen with Aga, granite tops (here and in the utility), and very large master bedroom, with three further bedrooms, two of which are en suite.
A lot on offer.