Do a double take in Co Cork
Mishells House €675k
Once upon a time, there was only one Mishells House in the townland of Mishells, near Bandon in Co Cork. Now there appear to be two.
When the Ordnance Survey men came around to triangulate the townland back in 1841, they found the then one and only Mishells House occupying a sizeable estate with a walled garden, parkland, woods and a gate lodge.
Nowadays the grounds of the original Mishells House have been much reduced and there's a newcomer in what used to be its vast front garden, also going by the name Mishells House.
Apart from the name, the two have other similarities too. The 20th century version, built in the 1980s, has some of the same advantages that the original would have enjoyed in the 19th century.
For one thing, it's in a parkland sort of setting too, on three-and-a-half acres with a great sward of lawn, some formal hedging and lots of lofty broadleaf trees.
It's also an imposing size, after the 19th century fashion, at 5,110 sq ft - enough space to put up a legion of domestic servants to draw your baths and soft-boil your eggs.
The 17ft square kitchen here reflects a certain Victorian mood, with a double Belfast sink and an Aga (oil-fired), but it opens to a south-facing conservatory with patio doors and would therefore be wasted on the staff.
Also at ground floor level there's a drawing room, with a marble fireplace, and a dining room linked by sliding doors, as well as a family room and a study.
The first floor has six bedrooms, two of them en-suite.
It's about four kilometres from here to Bandon and half an hour's drive to Cork city.
The agent is Cohalan Downing in Cork (021) 427 7717 and the asking price is €675,000.