Trish Dromey reports on a Victorian-era house nestled in the hills of Ballineen, West Cork.
Ballineen, West Cork
Size: 204 sq m (2,200 sq ft)
Best Feature: Affordable period home, grounds and extensive outbuildings
Period grandeur on quite a manageable scale is on offer at Grove House near Ballineen in West Cork.
Probably built at the start of the Victorian era, it has a 200m tree- lined driveway and a number of period architectural features including a stone façade, a fan light over the doorway and rooms with 3.6m-high ceilings and cornicing.
Unlike many of the very large detached properties of its time it is a single storey house.
With 2,200 sq ft of living space, it is the same size as many modern detached houses.
Believed to have been built first, the front section of Grove House has stone and slate-clad exterior walls and accommodates four high-ceilinged rooms.
A second stone-built section was added at the rear later, possibly at the end of the Victorian era.
Little is known about the history of the property except that it was previously called The Cottage and was assessed in Griffith’s Valuation in the mid 19th century as being worth £11 5 shillings, at which time it was owned by George Wiseman whose family later emigrated to America.
The family which owns it now, purchased it in 1950 and have, over the years, made alterations to it to accommodate modern living but have also left many of the original features intact.
The main changes have been the addition of a conservatory at the rear as well as a modern kitchen and new bathrooms including an en suite.
The owners also put in double-glazed windows and oil-central heating, which is fired by a range in the kitchen.
Behind the four, long front windows are a sitting room and a dining room.
Both have 3.6m high ceilings with cornicing, picture rails and marble fireplaces.
Also in the original part of the property are two bedrooms with high ceilings and picture rails.
In the extended section of the house, to the rear, the ceilings are lower.
There’s a kitchen with built-in units and an oil-fired range, a utility area, a guest bathroom and a shower room.
A small set of steps leads up to the area which was once the servants quarter and now has two bedrooms with built-in units.
Off the kitchen is a 4.8m-long conservatory with doors opening in to the garden.
As befits a period home, Grove House has five acres of grounds and a long driveway.
In the area around the house there are lawned gardens with a paved area with shrubs and planted beds and beyond that there are four acres of fields and many mature trees.
To the rear there’s a yard which has a range of outhouses and sheds as well as 10 poultry houses each measuring 900 sq ft.
The family who own the house ran a poultry business selling free range eggs.
There is access to the yard from a side road.
Guiding the property at €400,000, Damien Murray of Murray Auctioneers Bandon says Grove House offers a great chance for someone who needs space and stables for horses or outhouses for a business.
He believes the property will also appeal to trade-up buyers from Cork city and from Bandon.
Located at Derrigra at the edge of Ballineen, Grove House is within a few minutes’ walk from the village and is 16km from Bandon and around 42km from Cork city.
“For the asking price Grove House offers great value for money. It’s a fine period property with five acres of land and a yard with a range of outhouses which could be put to a variety of uses,’’ says Mr Murray.
VERDICT: Manageable period grandeur at a relatively reasonable price
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