Georgian glory in rural Cork
Report: Tommy Barker
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.