Be crafty, opportunity knocks at former furniture maker’s home in north Cork

Barn-storming opportunities at North Cork thatched homestead, complete with tennis court and barn workshop, says Tommy Barker.

Dromina, North Cork €195,000

Sq m 214 (2,300 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 3

BER: Exempt

Up for sale for its enterprising owners of the past several decades is Bridge House, a thatched home on an acre, with lots of outbuildings, a wood-working/craft-worker’s barn, a tennis court and heaps of charm.

Set right within the north Cork villageof Dromina near Charleville, and next door to an equally eye-catching bar with ornate thatch roof and porch, Bridge House has been home to kitchen and furniture maker Jerry Hamilton, his wife Joan from Jersey island and their family, since 1967, and “we’ve made hundreds of kitchens and lots of solid wood furniture since then,” Mr Hamilton observes.

Aged in his late 70’s, Jerry and his two sons have finally stopped the kitchen business as the likes of IKEA have just made it too competitive, he adds. Now, he and his wife Joan are driving forces at the Churchtown Slí Eile housing association, at an organic farm on 50 acres at Burton Park House supported by the likes of JP McManus, patron Jeremy Irons and many others, with the aim of assisting people coming out of psychiatric support centres.

The Hamilton family’s time here at Dromina was precious, he suggests (Joan, after several family business careers is now CEO of Slí Eile,) and says with an excellent school after-school centre, shops, bars and facilities, there’s a lovely lifestyle for younger families at Dromina, with scope for a new generation of crafts at this scenic setting.

Bridge House is on the market with William Lyons of Ganly Walters/GW2, who guides at €195,000. Apart from the main, six-bed 2,300 sq ft house (it has been extended out to the back,) there’s a 4,000 sq ft barn and tennis court.


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