Like to live in the old manor?

A GOOD bit of local history comes with Listowel’s Gurtenard House – home to a local TD, Dan Moloney, in the mid-1900s, lived in for a while by a land agent, but also an occasional home in the late 1800s to the Earl and Countess of Listowel.

Now, though, for all its pedigree, past and present, in the north Kerry town, it’s selling for €450,000, via agents, Savills’ Cork and Dublin offices.

That figure isn’t bad at all, considering there’s 7,500 sq ft of space, including four coach houses converted to two-bed apartments, rented and income producing, but, like the house itself, now needing work.

Gurtenard still has impressive entrance gates, and its sizeable, 1.25-acre site looks out on several town centre points of references and church spires. But, if there’s a compromise, it is in the fact new housing has been built quite close by on some of its former lands.

David Ashmore and Sam Daunt, of Savills, describe it as a “handsome period home, dating to c 1830,” and while they link its earliest ownership with the Earl and Countess of Listowel, say they probably only lived here properly for a season, and thereafter used it occasionally, for entertaining local county families.

An over-basement home, with five first-floor bedrooms and eight basement rooms, its principal reception roms (for those thinking of entertaining county types) include a 27’ by 21’ drawing room with bay window with triple sashes and oak floor, a 24’ by 17’ dining room, again with Irish oak floor. There’s a good entry hall with parquet floor and ornamental plasterwork on the ceilings, and centre rose staircase with Venetian window, a library/lounge, kitchen with oil Aga and utility/pantry.

Overhead are five en-suite bedrooms, plus linen room and separate guest WC, and the capacious basement has flagstone flooring in most of the rooms, along with wine cellar and bottle bins.

Most of the original, Georgian architectural detailing is intact, say Savills.


Wesley O’ Regan is the General Manager of Popscene in Voodoo Rooms, Cork city. Popscene opened last November and is Cork’s only themed bar that is dedicated to celebrating the best of the 80s and 90s.'ve Been Served: Wesley O'Regan, Popscene

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