Tuesday 24 October 2017

Three-story ivory tower extension in the Kerry fashion

The three-storey, seven-bedroom house adjoining a two-bedroom cottage in Greenane, Kerry
The three-storey, seven-bedroom house adjoining a two-bedroom cottage in Greenane, Kerry

You could get away with anything, it seems, before the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act came into force in 1964. That included constructing a three-storey modern towerhouse extension to a late 19th century cottage in rural Kerry.

At some point in the late 1950s or early 1960s, Greenwood, at Greenane near Templenoe, became a three-storey, seven-bedroom house adjoining a two-bedroom 1890s cottage that was converted from a stable. The story goes that the then owner wanted to see the view of Kenmare Bay, but his trees were in the way.

The result is certainly visually arresting, and considering that rural planners have insisted in more recent decades that all houses must look exactly the same, it's a talking point.

The 'tower' measuring 2,240 sq ft, was renovated during the 1990s and again in 2005 by the current owners. It has seven bedrooms (four of them ensuite), a kitchen and utility room, a dining room, and a living room with a bay window and French doors leading to the garden. The adjoining cottage has two bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and a study.

In the recent past, the property has been run as a hostel, so it could be pressed into commercial service again, or you could just keep all the bedrooms for yourself.

The property is on two acres of grounds including an orchard, lawns, and a meadow, and there are outbuildings adjacent to the cottage. Heating for both the house and the cottage is by means of a solid fuel stove and an oil-fired range.

Greenwood is just off the N70 Ring of Kerry route, about ten kilometres west of Kenmare on the Sneem road. The agent for the sale is Sherry FitzGerald Daly in Kenmare (064 664 1213) and the asking price is €299,000.

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