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Saturday 10 December 2016

Have Georgian on your mind?

£2.8m country home is recently renovated and a lovely spot close to West Cork and city

Jim O'Brien

Published 19/03/2014 | 02:30

Garryhankard House, located at Upton, near Inishannon in Co Cork, is a palatial Georgian country home recently renovated and is now on the market for a cool €2.8m.

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The house is set on an elevated site surrounded by 38ac of land laid out in paddocks and serviced by a state-of-the art stable yard.

Located 21kms from Cork, 8km from Bandon and 2.5km from Inishannon, Garryhankard is described by Celia Lamb of Ganly Walters as one of the finest houses in Cork.

Built in the early 1800s for the Rev Somers Payne, the house changed ownership twice during the next 90 years until, towards the end of the 19th century, it became the parochial house for the Catholic clergy of Innishannon.

The building included an oratory where mass was said and where many locals were baptised or married.


In the 1990s, Garryhankard was sold to a private owner who carried out extensive renovation work extending the property to include among the new facilities, a 24.9m indoor swimming pool.

The stud at Garyhankard was established in 2001 when an adjoining 40ac dairy farm was purchased and converted into a top class equestrian establishment.

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In carrying out the work, tremendous attention was paid to detail and every effort was made to ensure the finished product remained true to the heritage and provenance of the house.

Equally meticulous work was completed outside, where the gardens and parkland are worthy of Versailles.

The residence, although grand in every sense of the word, very much feels like a family home. The accommodation is a combination of spacious and more intimate reception rooms that are bright and well proportioned.

The décor is characterised by plasterwork in the neo-classical style, popular in the big houses of the late 18th century.

Other features include parquet floors, marble columns, carved stone and original fireplaces, fine ornate plasterwork ceilings and walls, wood paneling and sash windows. Many of the rooms lead out to the terraces and gardens.

The accommodation in the main house includes a reception hall, sitting room, study, kitchen, utility room, dining room, drawing room, breakfast room, billiards room, atrium, various store rooms and a lift.

The indoor swimming pool complex has a jacuzzi, steam room, changing rooms, showers, WC and a conservatory. The sleeping accommodation extends to eight en-suite bedrooms.

Ancillary accommodation includes a two-bedroom gate lodge at the front gates, a three-bedroom coach house by the stable yard, a two-bedroom staff cottage and a large office suite to the rear of the main house. All these are renovated and refurbished

The 38.85ac of land with Garryhankard house is laid out in 10 paddocks, all in grass and divided by stud fencing and independently watered. The land, which has plenty of natural shelter from the many mature trees, is described as top quality, free draining, limestone ground suitable for livestock, bloodstock or tillage. The house and yards are situated at the heart of the farm.


The stable courtyard and the equestrian facilities are second to none and include 26 stables, four foaling boxes, tack and feed rooms, a staff cloakroom, an office, a barn, a workshop, a six-bay horse walker, a 2.5 furlong sand gallop, a sand arena and the 10 stud fenced paddocks.

Garryhankard is a truly lovely spot and given its proximity to Cork city and West Cork, it should attract a range of buyers, from people in the tourism sector to those in search of a substantial private residence within shouting distance of the 'real capital'.

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