Period Property for Sale in Co. Cork

Robin Hill House, Lake Road, Rushbrooke, Cobh, Co. Cork
Elegant six bedroom listed period property with adjacent two bedroom apartment
and one bedroom garden chalet with magnificent sea views in private setting on 0.6 acres
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Robin Hill House is an elegant listed period property that has all the charm and character of the Victorian era with wonderful period features throughout. Henry Hill, a renowned architect, designed the house in 1866 for the esteemed Rushbrooke family. Lord Rushbrooke was an Admiral in the Royal Navy and Robin Hill House was the Rushbrooke family home up until the 1950s. It was then sold to the Church of Ireland and was a rectory until the early 1970s. Following this it came into private ownership and over the years it has operated as an upmarket guest house and a fine dining restaurant until the present owner bought it in 2005. Since then it has operated as a holistic healing centre with guest accommodation.

The house has been tastefully restored and maintained with many of the original features still intact. The property is in superb condition and enjoys a fine elevated position with a sunny southerly aspect. It overlooks a mature garden with croquet lawn, glass house, kitchen garden and complete solitude. There is a large parking area to the front, which did have planning permission for an extension which can be renewed. There is endless potential to convert Robin Hill Clinic back to a magnificent family home with adjacent 2 bed roomed apartment and wooden Garden Chalet or alternatively it can be used as offices, health clinic, spa, guesthouse, restaurant... This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a large residence with breathtaking sea views in one most beautiful settings in Ireland.

Beautiful mature trees line the driveway creating a magnificent canopy into this secluded sanctuary. Steps lead down from the large, sun soaked patio into the thriving garden. A wide variety of mature trees and shrubs have been well planted over the years offering privacy to the house, a haven for wildlife and something to gaze at in all seasons. The garden rests on a sunny southerly aspect trapping the days warmth. A stone path leads to the glasshouse, garden shed, and kitchen garden where everything seems to flourish. To the side of the house there is a delightful private graveled garden with a wooden deck catching the afternoon sunlight.

In what would have probably been the old kitchens of the main house is a delightful two-bedroom apartment with its own private courtyard. It has recently been refurbished to a very high spec with a contemporary twist. A well-designed contemporary kitchen extension was added last year. All fixtures and fittings are included in the sale. The apartment has its own front and rear entrances and can also be accessed through the main house. The wine cellar is accessed from the apartment and there is plenty of scope for change, possibly incorporating the cellar into the apartment. The basement can also be accessed from the main house through the bathrooms off the main entrance hall and could perhaps be turned into a mini gym with sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, etc.

Set amongst the trees is a charming bijoux self-contained one-bedroom wooden chalet. The chalet has its own galley kitchen, bathroom, seating area and dining area. This could be rented out for extra income or it would be suitable for staff or guest accommodation. A cozy oasis! A large amount of the contents of the chalet including furnishings, fixtures and fittings are included in the sale price.

The property is perched on an elevated position within Rushbrooke and has panoramic views over Cork Harbour. The area is dominated by large detached period dwellings linked to the strong local maritime history. Behind this area of Rushbrooke lies the attractive rolling countryside. The house is situated approximately 1 mile from Cobh town centre.

Cobh is a picturesque and historic maritime town on the Great Island, the largest of three islands inside Cork Harbour. The island is now connected by roads and bridges and is also served by a rail link to Cork city. A car ferry crosses the River Lee from Carrigaloe in Cobh to Glenbrook. Cobh is a place of great natural beauty and rich culture. It is noted for its amenities including fishing, bird watching and water sports. The well known Fota Wild Life Park and Arboretum is 15 minutes drive away. Cobh is most famously known as being the last Port of call for the ill fated Titanic. Formally named Queenstown it was also the place where a lot of the Irish emigrants set sail for the USA and Australia during the Irish famine. There are now over 50 cruise liners visiting Cobh each year. The town provides local shops, fine restaurants and amenities whilst Cork City, Douglas, and Midleton provide comprehensive financial and leisure facilities together with the widest range of shops and services. There are excellent communications with Cork International Airport, only 30 minute's distance with extensive scheduled flights to Britain and Europe. Cork Ferry Port also provides sailings to the UK and Continental Europe.

Price: €975,000
Last update: 9th April 2014
Contact: Deirdre Mackesy
Tel.: +353 21 4812222