Four massive homes - in need of love - for bargain hunters who'd love a restoration project
These four stunning homes offer any buyers the opportunity to put their own stamp on them.
Kilmoyler House, Cahir, Co Tipperary
€1.95m Sherry FitzGerald Country homes (01) 237 6300
"A handsome Georgian house" is how the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage describes Kilmoyler, which was built in 1770 and would later become the long-term seat of the O'Meagher family. It used to comprise a 600-acre estate and although it's now reduced to 140 acres there's plenty to be going on with, including fishing rights, grazing land, woodland and original outbuildings including a one-bedroom gate lodge, a stone coach yard and a William and Mary Tower. The house itself is 5,673 sq ft with seven bedrooms and five reception rooms. It's been in the same family now for five generations and needs renovation.
De La Cour Villa, Lissarda, Co Cork
€450k Sherry FitzGerald Hinchion (026) 41165
Although De La Cour Villa, Dooniskey, needs refurbishment, at least part of it is comfortable enough to live in while you're making your grand plans. It's on three floors with a basement, and you can inhabit two of those floors. For instance, the first floor has five bedrooms, two with adjoining dressing rooms. The ground floor has a dining room and kitchen and three other reception rooms. The basement needs taking in hand, as does the attic. It's on 3.3 acres of beautiful gardens with mature trees, formal lawns and shrubs, and it's about 40 minutes from Cork airport by car.
Milford House, Co Tipperary
€375k REA Eoin Dillon (067) 33468
When Milford House in Borrisokane was built, "some time in the late 18th century", it was the only house in the townland. It remained so well into the 20th century, enjoying splendid isolation in its own wooded demesne. These days there's a scattering of other properties in the townland, but Milford still enjoys considerable seclusion, having 17 acres around it and a tree-lined avenue. It needs considerable refurbishment now but has impressive period features, not least the staircase. It's on three storeys and a raised basement, with five bedrooms and five reception rooms. There's also a half-converted cottage on the grounds with three bedrooms.
Ballykilty Manor, Quin, Co Clare
€550k Sherry FitzGerald McMahon (065) 686 7866; Cushman & Wakefield (061) 418 111
Ballykilty Manor was once a hotel, and there were big plans during the boom for a five-star hotel complex there, complete with helipad, until the company involved, Atlantis Developments, went out of business. Apparently dating from the 18th century, Ballykilty is now in rather a sorry state but has tons of potential. The house itself is 5,838 sq ft with seven bedrooms and three formerly grand ground-floor reception rooms. It's on 44 acres of parkland approached by a pretty, winding avenue crossing the River Rine. It's two kilometres from Quin and a 20-minute drive from Ennis.