Ge­or­gian glory in ru­ral Cork

Re­port: Tommy Barker

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Property -

WHAT with a large sun ter­race and BBQ area off its kitchen, light­filled el­e­gant re­cep­tion rooms over­look­ing an acre of gar­dens and lawns all sur­rounded by ma­ture trees, and an ap­pro­pri­ate level of pe­riod home trim and fin­ish, this is def­i­nitely the time of year to sell a propety like Tem­ple­nacar­riga’s Glebe House.

Bask­ing in ap­pro­pri­ate sun­shine since it went to open market, this is a Ge­or­gian home which is al­most 200 years old, yet is of man­age­able stature as a fam­ily home: it stretches to just over 2,800 sq ft and stands now on just an acre, al- most square in shape. It’s enough ground for those who want space, but don’t need mul­ti­ple acres for ponies or pets, or poly­tun­nels and po­tato drills.

Lo­ca­tion is a few miles al­most di­rectly north of Mi­dle­ton, near Lis­goold, and it’s set in good coun­try­side. Sell­ing agent Adri­anna He­garty of He­garty Prop­er­ties says houses like this, with his­tory and au­then­tic­ity, are rare in the lo­cal mar­ket­place.

It has sash win­dows, steeplyp­itched slate roof with or­nate fas­cia boards, bay and box win­dows, and some gothic-arch style touches in­side and out, but mod- ern com­forts added such as central heat­ing, an oil-fired Aga in the kitchen, a lux­u­ri­ous bath­room, mas­ter bed­room with en suite, and gra­cious pro­por­tions in the ground floor rooms in par­tic­u­lar.

The two main re­cep­tion rooms are spa­cious, at c 18’ by 18’ or larger, with 11’ high ceil­ings, dou­ble as­pect with fire­places: one, the sit­ting room, has tim­ber wain­scot/dado part pan­elling and a multi-fuel stove set into a slate sur­round. Also at ground floor level is an of­fice, a util­ity, guest WC, and a coun­try-style kitchen with painted units, gran­ite work­tops, Belfast sink and the Aga in pride of place.

Over­head are five bed­room, one with en suite, the main bath­room has dou­ble ended cast iron bath with claw feet and painted wood­pan­elled walls and wood pan­elling also fea­tures else­where, in­clud­ing in the hall, un­der the stairs.

Guid­ing the 1820-built home at €665,000, Adri­anna He­garty says Glebe House is charm­ing, im­pres­sive, and in turn-key con­di­tion. VER­DICT: Prayers an­swered.

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