The former parish rectory in West Cork on the Ilen River’s Golden Mile is a special find, writes Tommy Barker.
Skibbereen, West Cork
Size: 490 sq m (5,300 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 plus 2
Best Feature: Golden, nautical mile setting
The former parish rectory to Creagh Church, along the Ilen River between Skibbereen and Baltimore in West Cork, is a mid-summer property market offer, in one of the region’s most exclusive settings.
The two-storey Georgian gem Creagh Glebe House is on close to 15 acres, with water frontage and has a small pier for small craft, and along with a refurbished courtyard conversion has been used recently as an exclusive holiday letting.
It is listed now at €1.525m with agent Roseanne DeVere Hunt of Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes, with Ray O’Neill of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill in Skibbereen, and is along a Golden Mile stretch of the Ilen River where near neighbours include the Inish Beg Estate and luxury retreats, year-round residents David Puttnam and Jeremy Irons, ex-AIB bank chief David Duffy who’s departed Irish shores, and the horticulturally sublime Creagh Gardens, on the market last year on 55 acres for €5m, now withdrawn.
Sherry FitzGerald are close to finalising the sale further west of Lugdine, on 45 acres and owned by screen legend Maureen O’Hara, for around €1.8m. The buyer is understood to be from the UK.
And, in the past week, they have also reduced the price of Tony O’Reilly’s West Cork pad, the Georgian home Shorecliffe, on six acres in Glandore, to €1.6m.
Roseanne DeVere Hunt describes this quite elegant glebe almost halfway between Skibbereen and Baltimore as “a large, classic, two-storey Georgian gem with classic proportions,” and says the setting is dramatic, with panoramic views of the Ilen River estuary.
The house’s approach is along a gravel driveway, with sheep-grazed paddocks either side as the water and house hove into view.
There’s also a ha-ha divide in the grounds as the lawns slope to the river, a walled garden, and a south-facing courtyard with renovated outbuildings now used as a two-bed guest cottage, woods and shrubs.
The agent say the over-basement house which is being sold for its UK-based owners “has been renovated to a high standard over the last number of years, retaining the many charming original period features. which adorn this beautiful residence.”
It has three reception rooms of good, square and high-ceilinged proportions, with five bedrooms, and features include original fireplaces, polished old wood floors, sash windows and shutters, picture rails, ceiling plasterwork with centre-pieces and coving.
A kitchen/breakfast room overlooks a replanted side garden, whilst a south aspected lean-to conservatory has French doors to a courtyard garden and BBQ space.
There are several service and store rooms, garage and below, via a hall stairs, is a lower level wine cellar. On the upper floor, meanwhile, are five bedrooms with one en suite and the best of the River Ilen views.
Over across the courtyard, a seashell-pink series of converted outbuildings now houses games rooms and guest accommodation, with two further bedrooms.
Offered as lifestyle buy with river frontage in a chic setting amid some of Cork’s best hideaway homes, Creagh Glebe House is especially set to attract sterling-enriched viewers, given its equivalent £1.1m asking price and 90 minute commute to Cork Airport.
The property’s boat slip/grassy pier allows boat journeys up and down the river, and to Roaring Water Bay and Carbery’s 100 Isles. At the western end of the former rectory’s land is the now redundant Creagh church, and its associated graveyard is still maintained by the local community.
VERDICT: Special setting
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