Presented by Ganly Walters in joint agency with Michael H Daniels, Ballygriggan House and land falls into that slender sheaf of rural properties that appear to have it all, at a price.
Ballygriggan House, Castletownroche, Cork
Size: 761 m (8,200 sq ft)/ 115 acres.
BER: Main house C1/Lodge D2
Guided at €2.45 million, and set six kms from the north Cork town of Castletownroche, it offers not only neatly modified period pleasures, but jaw-dropping countryside, fishing rights, an equestrian’s heaven on Earth, plus an enviable swathe of farmland (62 hectares, or 115 acres) a short commute to the city and airport and an 18km hop to the M8.
There have been two supplements to the original 18th century farmstead elevating Ballygriggan to the architectural dress circle of a manor house.
The first was a single wing executed in the 1820s, and it then settled on its footprint until 2000.
The current owners have all but doubled the property’s original size in a sympathetic renovation/extension, where the almost imperceptibly new square metres include the tailoring in of contemporary heating (including solar), new plumbing and the bliss of an integral double garage with automated roller doors.
Ballygriggan now offers 8,200sq ft of rangy living space over two levels, and has been spatially re-orientated west-focusing back to the garden and admitting generous light and a fresh outlook to the ‘new’ rooms.
Free of delightful dilapidation or structural eccentricity, this place is highly manageable as a thriving family home.
The porch leads to an entrance hall and grand inner hall, with the principal downstairs rooms delivered in the traditional hand of a drawing room, dining room, sitting room and a very generous study of 18’ by 15.’
The drawing room is a classic charmer with a south and west double aspect, a good marble fireplace and French doors with a fanlight to the sun-soaked patio courtyard.
All are well proportioned and stately, and there’s a clear love of authentic detail - with everything from door furniture to fireplaces copied or sourced to suit the period.
This is a period stage, upgraded to a modern lifestyle script.
In terms of aspect, the kitchen/breakfast room is a winner from the deft 2000 improvements and features timber units in a chalky blue, beech work surfaces and cork flooring.
There’s the expected Aga range with the 21 st century complement of an electric eye-level oven, and an island with a four ring gas hob. The inner hall includes a galleried landing reached from the primary staircase.
Upstairs are seven double bedrooms, six en-suite (another rewarding gift of extending a lovely old deary).
Two rooms have a double aspect, while the vast master grabs three, and includes a walk in dressing area.
The gardens are marked out by established shrubs, lawn, specimen trees on three sides, and a delightful sandstone flag terrace rolled out within a walled garden.
An Austen-esque stone faced ha-ha, delineates the formal gardens and carriage circle from the private road and surrounding paddocks.
An old and rare landscaping device, the ha-ha grandstands the surrounding miles of cultivated hills, mountains and open sky.
After the success in the main house, the owners went on to confidently restore a ruin on their personal townland in 2004, The North Lodge.
It offers separate public road access plus a deeply romantic cottage garden.
This pretty bonus would make attractive accommodation for staff, guests or any reluctant adult children you fail to push off down the sylvan, tree lined drive.
The Awbeg joins Ireland’s top salmon river, the Blackwater, just downstream of Castletownroche.
The English poet Edmund Spenser named it the Mullagh ‘whose waves I wilhom taught to weep’ in the magical landscape of his imagination.
The waters are spring-fed over limestone according to Peter O’Reilly author of ‘Rivers of Ireland’ (Stackpole Books), who favours it as one of the loveliest trout angling rivers in Ireland, teeming with slow growing, large fish during the season February to September.
One long bank of the Awbeg and its fishing comes with Ballygriggan marking out the entire north and east boundary reached by woodland and field walks.
This is a tale of three yards.
As with all old country houses of this size, there are a range of stone outbuildings in the house yard which could be used for further garaging, studios or stores.
These are all slate roofed and in good order.
Located away from the house and linked by an internal road is a farm yard comprising of two separate modern steel portal-frame livestock and hay barns.
Keeping horses at home, Ballygriggan is well thought through, with ten loose boxes and a modern barn within easy reach of the house.
These conjunct an excellent fenced arena with an all weather surface that will not freeze or ride ‘too deep’ in the summer.
Equestrians whether interested in leisure riding, breeding or professional sport can enjoy an extensive point to point calendar, racing in Mallow, riding club activities, and hunt meets including the legendary Duhallow. This is all an encouraging kick-on to an already lovely house and potentially prosperous farm of 115ac (62.62h) limestone enriched acres in 15 main divisions.
VERDICT: A lovingly improved period survival in glorious surroundings, the lands and amenities top off a once in a lifetime buy that’s farm and family ready.
The drawing room is a classic charmer with a south and west double aspect, a good marble fireplace and French doors with a fanlight to the sun-soaked patio courtyard
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