Thursday 8 December 2016

Rock Castle on the banks of the River Lee can be yours for €1.25m

Rock Castle €1.25m

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

The property comes with 140 metres of river frontage and has a jetty and boathouse.
The property comes with 140 metres of river frontage and has a jetty and boathouse.

Rock Castle was built around 1800 next to the ruins of Carriganass Castle, on the banks of the Bandon River in Co Cork.

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When Samuel Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland was published in 1837, the house was the seat of one Edward Becher, whose uncle had removed the castle ruins and in so doing had found "several cannonballs", Lewis reported.

Seemingly the castle stones were used for the building of the house. As to the cannonballs, it's not clear if any function could be found for those.

Having gained the advantage over a 14th-century stronghold, Rock Castle stands proudly in the castle's stead, looking east across the river towards Shippool Woods.

It's in the townland of Knockroe, upriver from Kinsale and downriver from Innishannon. The property comes with 140 metres of river frontage and has its own jetty and boathouse.

Inside, the house has been extended in its time to 3,282 sq ft, with four bedrooms. These are all on the first floor, three having views of the river, and the master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and dressing room.

Downstairs, to the right of the entrance hall, there's a drawing room with a stove in the fireplace, and behind that there's a study with French doors to the garden.

To the left of the hall is a lounge with a sun room off it. The kitchen, which has an oil-fired Aga and French doors to the patio, is at the back.

There's an oil-fired Aga in the kitchen and doors to the patio.
There's an oil-fired Aga in the kitchen and doors to the patio.

The grounds also include a separate utility room and sauna, a workshop, five stone outbuildings and the boathouse. The gardens have lawns, mature trees and ornamental shrubs, and there's a stream as well as the river.

Rock Castle is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald Brennan Busteed in Bandon (023) 885 4444 and has an asking price of €1.25m.

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