RELAUNCHED with a change of agents, and a €15,000 price drop, is this robust Rockgrove residence, a one-off in a rarified setting, high above Glounthaune just a few miles east of Cork city.
Set into a wooded hill, complete with cascading water feature and pools and arching feature garden bridge carved out of the sandstone on which this 2,650 sq ft, five-bed detached home was built in the latter half of the 1990s, it’s a south-facing property on very private grounds, with views for miles, and miles.
Now listed with Gillian McDonnell and Sheila O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald, it’s guided at €580,000 for a new season of viewings, having initially gone up for sale in summer 2016 at €595k.
It’s set up past an old gate lodge on the ‘old’ Little Island road, close to and in the former grounds of Rockgrove House, that large and distinctive Georgian period home, seen looking imperiously over Little Island.
Rockgrove House’s own long history of hospitality includes accommodating hundreds of Eastern European refugees escaping Russian oppression in 1949, and later on its billets and huts continued in military and FCA training usage, and it was sold off on 40 acres in 1973, with an early era estate of small businesses emerging on it.
Subsequently, the whole of Little Island has developed, along with the arrival of Eastgate, to become one of the region’s most important business hubs.
This more modern, private interloper was designed to suit its site by architect Bill Brady and has five first floor bedrooms under its deep, mansard roof, with two balconies, one one each side gable, one east, the other west, for sheltered, elevated views, along with two bathrooms, and one en suite.
Downstairs it has a large hall, and an L-shaped floor plan with split level 22’ by 18’ living room, a lounge, kitchen/dining room with ceiling beams and a Stanley range cooker in an arch made of salvaged brick.
Plus, there’s a utility, two guest WCs, family/playroom and a dining room opening to a west-facing patio, paved sun terrace and impressive BBQ.
It’s on open view with Sherry Fitz, Wednesday, April 19, from 5.15pm to 5.45pm, and Saturday, April 22, from 2pm to 2.30pm.
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