Period Property for Sale in Co. Kerry

Old Kilmurry School, Cordal, Castleisland, Co. Kerry
Former school on a 0.115 Ha site in a pleasant rural location with gothic cut-stone window arches

The school was built in 1871 and closed as a school in 1976. The 0.115 Ha site is bounded by a beautiful existing cut limestone wall and is in a pleasant rural location near Cordal village beside the Shanowen river with views of the hills beyond. The property may suit a builder or DIY enthusiast or anyone with an interest in building conservation. It could be converted into one or two exceptional houses with unique characteristics and fine traditional workmanship. The high roof makes it ideal for a dormer style conversion in part or in total thereby doubling the floor area. There is great potential for utilising solar and heat pump technology to develop an eco-friendly future proofed project as the building has solid lime-mortar masonry walls with their embedded insulation and thermal mass characteristics. The building, which has an overall floor area of 206 sqm (2220 sqft), has some very fine architectural details including gothic cut-stone window arches, reveals and cills. The original pine trusses and purlins are still intact and the building is effectively set-up as a great conservation project with the bulk of the major work already completed.

It is ideally set up to function as a combination of both dwelling and business as it is symmetrical along the central dividing wall with a single doorway connecting the two halves. The structure was completely reroofed in late 2009 as a conservation project part funded and approved by the Heritage Council. The original slate was reused in part with matching salvage slates and new natural stone slates also being used. Existing pine rafters were substantially retained and repaired with new matching treated timbers in line with conservation principles. Roof coverings were set on new pre-treated counter battens and a breather membrane with eaves venting installed. Salvaged cast-iron gutters were used along with the original cast-iron downpipes to reinstate the rainwater goods system. A new heavy duty aluminium channel was installed in the central valley. The front doors were reinstated with new teak heavy replica doors in 2010 and the door lintols were also reinstated with reinforced concrete beams. The building is in very good condition structurally and has potential to develop it in numerous ways internally whilst keeping the external appearance and charm.

It has a fine south facing plot to the rear which could be a secluded garden or parking area. There is a small additional plot across the road which is available as a separate parcel. This has river frontage so it may be possible to install a water source heat pump heating system. Conservation grants may be available from Kerry County Council to carry out work such as timber sash window installation. Funds may also be available from other sources such as Leader particularly in relation to rural tourism initiatives. Grants are available from SEAI to install insulation and renewable heating systems. There was a previous planning permission to convert the school into two semi-detached dormer style houses, with 2 to 3 bedrooms in each, by dividing the building down the middle. Other changes of use are also possible, such as self-catering accommodation, pub/restaurant, offices, tourism, yoga centre, craft workshop, joinery, etc. The school is 700 meters from Cordal Village and 4.5 kms from the town of Castleisland. It is about 11 kms from Kerry Airport and Farranfore train station.

Price: under offer
Last update: 21st March 2017
Contact: John O Connor