Ital­ianate splen­dour in West Cork

Country Life Every Week - - Property Market -

CAther­ine Mcauliffe of Sav­ills in Cork (00 353 214 271371) is han­dling the sale—at a guide price of €2m—of the im­pos­ing, early-19th-cen­tury Ard­nacar­rig House on the out­skirts of the his­toric town of Ban­don, 19 miles from Cork city and a 20-minute drive from Cork air­port.

The house stands in about 19 acres of won­der­fully pri­vate gar­dens and grounds on the banks of the River Ban­don and comes with ex­ten­sive river ac­cess and fish­ing rights. it was built in about 1820, when it was known as Park View, and owned by James C. All­man, who had a dis­tillery on the other side of the river, once one of the most suc­cess­ful in ire­land, pro­duc­ing 600,000 gal­lons of whiskey a year in its hey­day.

en­tered via a pretty gate lodge added in about 1880, Ard­nacar­rig House is ren­dered in­vis­i­ble to the out­side world by its mas­sive banks of tow­er­ing spec­i­men trees. Ac­cord­ing to proud owner Kate Mc­carthy, who bought the house with her hus­band, Tom, in 1989, many long-term res­i­dents of the town don’t even know it’s there. Dur­ing their ten­ure, the Mc­carthys have lav­ished time, money and a life­time’s ex­pe­ri­ence of the ho­tel busi­ness to put their own stamp on this re­mark­able house, while re­spect­ing its early-19th-cen­tury char­ac­ter.

ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions were car­ried out on their ar­rival at Ard­nacar­rig and again in 2010, with new bath­rooms in­stalled and all the main rooms richly dec­o­rated in the ital­ianate style. An old-fash­ioned con­ser­va­tory was re­moved to cre­ate a huge ter­race that floods the main re­cep­tion rooms with light. in all, Ard­nacar­rig has 7,500sq ft of quirk­ily ar­ranged ac­com­mo­da­tion on three floors, in­clud­ing a lounge, draw­ing room, a huge kitchen/din­ing/liv­ing area and a guest apart­ment on the first floor; a mas­ter suite, four fur­ther bed­rooms and three bath/shower rooms on the sec­ond floor; and a large ground-floor space with an L-shaped open-plan kitchen/liv­ing/din­ing area and another bed­room.

El­e­gant Ard­nacar­rig House sits in 19 acres on the banks of the River Ban­don. €2m

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