Period Property for Sale in Co. Cork

Clonmeen House, Mallow, Co. Cork
An impressive late Victorian country house dated 1893 located close to the
River Blackwater in a splendid parkland setting overlooking its own ornamental lake

Built in 1893 by Stephen Grehan to a design by architect George Ashlin (Cobh Cathedral) Clonmeen House is an imposing manor house built in the Victorian Tudor style with half-timbered gables and ornamental exterior detailing. The house has a fine red sandstone ashlar front with exquisite hand carved stone masonry. A central gable, above a mullioned window and balustraded porch, is flanked by mullioned bow windows to the ground floor. The dressed red sandstone was quarried locally at Mt. Hillary, which forms an enchanting backdrop to the demesne.

Clonmeen comprises a three storey house with outstanding accommodation with bright well-proportioned rooms to include five reception rooms and five principle bedroom suites centered around the magnificent top lit Great Hall, with pitch pine staircase and gallery. The second floor has further bedroom accommodation. Immediately to the rear of the house is the cobbled house yard, which is served by a spur off the main drive through stone piers and iron gates. A purpose-built utility building provides double garage, workshop, oil stores, fuel stores, water treatment plant and WC.

Approached by a long avenue, the house is set in a wonderful parkland setting, ringed by its own mature woodlands and overlooking its own ornamental lake. The entire property extends to some 12 hectares, offering wonderful seclusion and tranquillity with walks though the grounds and in the woods along the stream. The ornamental lake has a delightful cut stone weir at its outfall whilst there are ornamental lawns and formal gardens around the house.

The gardens and grounds are a special feature of the property with the house overlooking its own ornamental lake and the boundaries ringed by mature woodland interspersed with specimen trees. The lake is fed by a delightful stream which runs through the woods, within the property, which provide walks and amenity. The stream flows out from the lake over an ornamental waterfall. There are lawns to the east and south with steps leading down to the grass tennis court to the front of the house. Mt. Hillary provides a scenic backdrop to the south.

Constantly improved and renovated over the past 14 years, the property has been rewired and re-plumbed in recent years together with the installation of new heating and waste drainage systems. The estate is served by mains electricity. There is a private water supply and a new private waste treatment plant was installed in 2012. The house has central heating (radiators to all floors) and hot water provided by a dual system of oil fired boiler and geothermal heat extraction. The hot water system is backed up via solar panels. The Staff Wing has a separate oil fired boiler.

The property is located in a tranquil and unspoilt area of the Blackwater Valley, a scenic region of rolling countryside, centered on Ireland’s premier salmon river, which runs east across the county. This part of Cork offers excellent communications with quick access to road and rail networks together with both Shannon and Cork airports - both within easy travel times. The towns of Mallow and Kanturk have comprehensive financial, shopping and leisure facilities, whilst the village of Banteer (2 km) has local shopping and pub.

There are many leisure and sporting amenities nearby together with a peaceful pace of life. This area provides some of the finest fishing with the Blackwater within walking distance and the rivers Allow and Dalua close by. The lakes and mountains of Killarney are within 45 minutes. Hunting is with the Duhallow with the Scarteen within easy boxing distance. Racing is nearby at Mallow (Cork Race Course) and Killarney with golf courses also plentiful with excellent courses at Mallow, Kanturk and Killarney.

Last update: 31st July 2014
Contact: Michael Daniels
Tel.: +353 (0)25 31023