Period Property for Sale in Co. Cork

Rathcoursey House, East Ferry, Midleton, Co. Cork
A character Georgian house tucked away in a delightful elevated
and wooded setting with views over a tranquil inlet off Cork Harbour

Rathcoursey has a rich and colourful history, mainly associated with the sea, dating back centuries. A strategic site commanding far-reaching views and controlling the narrow but navigable East Ferry inlet, this was where a medieval castle was built by the Anglo-Norman De Coursey family. Their legacy lives on in the name of the house along with part of the castle bawn wall, which now forms part of the walled garden.

Although the earliest parts date from the 17th century, the house is predominantly18th Century, with the main part of the house built in 1773 by sea captain John Tynte Smyth and commemorated by a stone plaque on the south wall. A later extension was made in 1840, to the rear, when a polished pine staircase was also installed.

The 7-bay house was has been completely restored and updated in recent years, yet remains full of history and character with many original features remaining - including sash windows with shutters, floors and fireplaces. The light and spacious accommodation is arranged on two floors and extends to some 410 sq metres (4400 sq ft) and includes three reception rooms, six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The house enjoys a sunny south-westerly aspect with the main accommodation enjoying views over Great Island with glimpses of the inlet through Rathcoursey Wood.

Rathcoursey offers the increasingly rare attribute of total privacy and seclusion, set at the end of a long meandering drive and at the centre of its own wooded grounds and lands which extend to some 12.85 hectares (31 acres).

It cuts through Rathcoursey Wood, which rises up from the East Ferry to frame the house and lawns with many mature and specimen trees. A substantial number of broad-leaf trees have been planted in recent years. A separate, shorter drive to the house has recently been started from the southern boundary of the property. Immediately to the rear of the house is the charming walled orchard with many fruit trees including apple, plum, pear and fig. Above the walled garden is a duck pond.

A stone yard with an attractive range of traditional outbuildings in located close to the house to include stabling, lofted cow byres, forge and lime kiln. The buildings are suitable for a variety of uses including possible conversion to dwellings, subject to necessary planning consents. The cow byre loft is some 35 metres in length with pitch pine flooring and fine views west.

Renowned English painter and poet Thomas Hennell stayed at Rathcoursey House frequently during the period 1929-1942. An interior scene of the house is in The Tate Gallery, London whilst his poem 'Winter colours in the woods at Rathcoursey' recalls the beauty and tranquillity of the setting.

Rathcoursey is located above the beautiful East Ferry at the eastern end of Cork Harbour, one of the finest natural harbours. Although the property is situated away from main roads, it is a 10 minute drive from the thriving market town of Midleton - which provides a comprehensive range of shopping, leisure and financial services together and restaurants together with a wide choice of schools. It is well placed for access to Cork, via N25 dual carriageway, with rapid access to Cork Airport via the Jack Lynch Tunnel and also via a frequent rail service to the city centre from Midleton station. Rosslare Ferry Port is also easily accessible via the N25 in approx. 2 hours drive time.

East Cork and Cork Harbour are noted for their natural coastal beauty and numerous leisure activities which abound here. Some of the finest sailing is centred around the harbour area with marinas close by at East Ferry and Crosshaven. There are championship golf courses, including Cork GC, Castlemartyr Resort and Fota Island GC (2014 Irish Open) together with Water Rock GC and East Cork GC locally. Salmon and trout fishing are available on the Blackwater and Bride rivers and there are safe sandy beaches and seaside villages all within easy reach.

Price: €1,400,000
Last update: 10th May 2017
Contact: Michael Daniels
Tel.: +353 (0)25 31023
Email: info@michaelhdaniels.com
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