Four on the market: period houses in Cork
A selection of four charming period houses on the market in Cork.
Eskbank, Old Blackrock Road
€875k Cohalan Downing, (021) 427 7717
Although built in 1880, Eskbank is not on the Record of Protected Structures and has been extended a couple of times in its history. It's 2,293 sq ft with some period features such as high ceilings and original woodwork, and some modern ones such as skylights in the kitchen extension and two en-suite bedrooms, one with a Jacuzzi bath. That's off the master bedroom - one of four on the first floor. The ground floor has a living room with a bay window, a family room and a study as well as the kitchen and adjoining breakfast room. It's on 0.2 of an acre with a tarred driveway, stone wall, lawns and some mature trees.
Millboro House, Lee Road
€900k Marsh’s Auctioneers, (021) 427 0347
There are 13 acres going with Millboro House, which is quite a lot of real estate so close to the city, and better yet it includes 350 metres of frontage onto the River Lee, complete with fishing rights. Built in 1768, Millboro needs a little upgrading now but has great bones and some striking period features such as wood-panelled walls, beamed ceilings and original fireplaces. It's 6,800 sq ft (4,800 sq ft in the main house and 2,000 in an annexe) with six bedrooms and three main reception room as well as a big country-style kitchen and an orangery. The grounds also include a disused tennis court, an orchard and a derelict two-storey house.
The Brambles, 45 Wilton Road
€425k Savills Cork, (021) 427 1371
The Brambles was reportedly built in 1932 and had a garage. It was early days for car ownership in Ireland but this was Cork, after all, where Henry Ford had established a factory in 1917. At any rate, the garage of The Brambles has in more recent times been converted to an office or studio with its own entrance. Elsewhere on the ground floor there's a living room and a dining room, both with fireplaces, and a dual-aspect kitchen and breakfast room. The first floor has the four bedrooms - two doubles and two singles. The house measures 1,600 sq ft in total.
Cleveland, Blackrock Road
€1.1m Cohalan Downing, (021) 427 7717
Built in 1920, 'Cleveland' has period features including bay windows, original wood floors and stained glass, all in good condition. It's 2,175 sq ft with four bedrooms upstairs, along with a bathroom and separate toilet. Downstairs there are two formal, bay-windowed reception rooms - a lounge and a dining room, both with marble fireplaces. There's also a study and an open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room with a vaulted ceiling, a stone fireplace and French doors to the south-facing back garden. It's about two kilometres from here to the city centre and there's a bus stop near the front gate.