Master gardener's home in Co Cork
Lakemount, Glanmire €775k
The celebrated garden designer and artist Brian Cross sadly died on Christmas Day last year. He had spent most of his life at Lakemount in Glanmire, Co Cork, tending to a magnificent garden that was begun by his mother Peggy in the 1950s.
Lakemount Garden has won numerous awards and was described by the Royal Horticultural Society as "one of Ireland's flagship gardens".
Now the house- and the garden - are for sale, and the many friends and admirers of Brian Cross and his work will doubtless be hoping that it will be taken on by a competent gardener.
The grounds extend to 1.77 acres at Barnavara Hill, so there won't be much time for slacking. However, the house itself is an ideal spot to relax in after several hours spent annihilating aphids.
Built in the 1920s, Lakemount has been extended to 2,600 sq ft and has its own pool with a jet system, to ease away those labour-related aches and pains.
Most of the rooms are at the back of the house, facing south, although not the kitchen, so a future owner may wish to move it. The kitchen is at the north west corner; it's L-shaped and has an Aga and Sheila's maid.
It opens into a dual-aspect study with doors to the garden.
The other main reception rooms are an interconnected lounge and a dining room, with two bay windows and a fireplace.
There are three bedrooms, two with en suites. The third bedroom, which has a wood-burning stove, opens into the pool room at the eastern gable end.
There's a converted attic too, with two skylit rooms in it.
The grounds also include a detached studio and two garages.
The agent is Savills in Cork, (021) 427 1371, and the asking price is €775,000.
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