Fix it up: Monkstown Castle, Co Cork
What is it? A 'proper' castle built in 1636, supposedly by Anastacia Archdeacon as a surprise for her husband who was off at the Spanish Wars. He returned, thought his lands had been invaded and immediately started shelling it before a courier was despatched to tell him to stop messing and come in for his dinner. At 5,700 sq ft it can take 10 bedrooms.
Tell me more about the place... Overlooking Cork Harbour it was used by the golf club until 1971 and gutted by a fire soon after.
The good news? The heavy lifting is done in accordance with strict heritage restoration guidelines. The walls have been made good and lime rendered outside. A stout timber beam and slate roof has been installed. A first floor has been added with the structure in place for a third. The windows and first plumbing are done. A lift shaft is in but no lift at the minute. There's permission for three apartments or Monkstown Castle could make one mighty big fancy pants residence.
And the bad news? All the rest needs doing. And that's a hell of a lot.
How much to buy it? €875,000 will get you this stout castle. And to fix it up? You'll be spending well over €500,000
What will I end up with? For an outlay of €1.4m to €2m, a well-located super home fit for a true merchant prince of Cork.
Who do I talk to? Stephen Clarke, REA O'Donoghue Clarke (021 )4251010