Friday 30 September 2016

Cork's vintage 'high-status' home hits the market at €1.2m

Bow Hall, Castletownshend €1.2m

Published 24/07/2015 | 02:30

The property faces away from the town's Main Street, looking east towards the harbour
The property faces away from the town's Main Street, looking east towards the harbour
An archway links one of the reception rooms to a library

Bow Hall, an impressive Georgian house in Castletownshend, Co Cork, "was clearly built as a high-status home", according to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

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And it will still be a high-status home today for someone, as it has an asking price of €1.2m

The house dates from around 1750 and the historical Ordnance Survey maps indicate it was previously known as Malmaison.

This might have come from the Chateau de Malmaison near Paris, where the empress Josephine used to live, or it might hint at 'house of bad luck'. Either way, it's not surprising they changed it.

The entrance to Bow Hall is at Castletownshend's Main Street, although the house faces away from the street, looking east instead towards the harbour.

And most of the bedrooms and reception rooms are located on that side so as to take advantage of the view.

There are four of these reception rooms either side of the entrance hall, the main one of which is a drawing room with a fireplace and an archway linking it to a library at one corner of the house.

On the other side of the hallway, there's a dining room with another fireplace, and opening into the kitchen.

Finally, there's a study at the back of the house, also with a fireplace. The ground floor also has a toilet and separate shower room.

Up on the first floor there are five bedrooms, four of which are at the front of the house, looking at the water.

The master bedroom has a fireplace and en-suite, and there are two other bathrooms on this level as well.

Out the front of the house, there's a walled garden filled with native, as well as subtropical, flowers and shrubs.

Parking is out the back, where there's also a stable block and workshop.

The agent handling the sale of Bow Hall is Charles McCarthy in Skibbereen (021) 21533.

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