VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

It’s nearly a moot point as to who gets best looked after and accommodated at Greybrook, either those humans living in the almost-20 year old home, or the horses on the balance of its lands, with a mix of 30 stables and boxes, indoor and outdoor arena, tackrooms and more.

€695,000 House +7 acres, €650,000 30 acres/stables

Sq m 286 (3,085 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4

BER: C1

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

Suffice to say, neither has been hard done by at this family home, next to a former equestrian centre of some repute, within a 10-minute spin of Cork city’s western suburbs.

Welcome to Waterfall, one of Cork’s more sought-after western fringes thanks to easy access to Bishopstown and Ballincollig as well as to the city itself, and its suburbs with western-based hospital such as CUH, Marymount and the Bons. Plus, of course third- level colleges at CIT and UCC.

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

It’s all those box-ticking location attributes that has fostered Waterfall’s appeal for the upwardly mobile. 

The area is home to many modern mansions and contemporary builds and the relaunch of the former Fleming Construction’s Earls Well locally in Waterfall by Heatherfield is back making waves and strong sale prices too. 

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

Quite a few family spreads round these parts cater for those who are into horses: however, it’s pretty safe to say there’s little or nothing to touch Greybrook for size, space, scale and scope. And, now, it’s for sale. In lots.

Sherry FitzGerald estate agent Sheila O’Flynn has her hands on the reins here as its owners retire, and is selling Greybrook, on 38 acres. 

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

She’s pitching it at two, not necessarily two mutually exclusive, markets, and has pencilled in open viewings and the chance to walk land and rummage in stables on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday next.

One, she has the modern and comfortable 3,085 sq ft family home, built to a sort of Georgian house palette and painted a period-look pink, available for €695,000 on almost seven acres with paddocks and garage.

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

For a further €650,000 you get the full set- up for horses, for lots and lots of them, with 30 acres of good land - say, €21,000 an acre. 

This lot also comes with a derelict farmhouse and an old stone sheds cluster wreathed in briars, but which may provide for a further dwelling/grant of planning in due or jig-time.

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

The former equestrian centre at Greybrook has now been wound down as a business, with the last of the horses being moved out this month but there’s scope for any would-be operators to start up again quite easily, on whatever level a buyer might want.

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

The pink-hued home and human habitat is modern and comfortable, with side sun-room/conservatory off a large 29’ by 15’ kitchen with wood-burning stove. 

There is a formal, front-to-back living/dining room 30’ by almost 15’, with dual aspect, fireplace and rear patio access, plus a smaller family room, also with fireplace for creature comforts, as much as for external chimney balance.

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

Upstairs at Greybrook it is quite four-square, with a family bathroom as well as four double bedrooms of which two are en suite (the master also has a dressing room) and the landing’s large, gallery style, with seating.

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

Overall condition is excellent and the layout is very effective, especially with a rear ‘boot room’ with utility and guest bathroom for cleaning up, after a day’s mucking out.

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

Stables-wise, the set-up is accommodating, with the 60m x 40m large barn/indoor arena, 30 stables and 15 stalls having made its way to Greybrook after being set up an earlier location elsewhere in Waterfall, and before that it was set up near Innishannon. 

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

It has produced some top riders and showjumpers, and there are hunts at Muskerry, Killeady and South Union.

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

Location is up a long, arrow-straight approach avenue off a public road by the Old Abbey Gardens nursery/ BHL landscaping centre, near Jimmy’s Cross and Killeady hill, which puts it within a hack of Waterfall village, school, pub and more. 

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

 VERDICT: Giddy up.

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork

VIDEO: House of the week: Waterfall, Cork


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