Four period houses currently on the market in Co Cork
North Lodge, Ballygriggan
€275K Michael H Daniels, (025) 31023
North Lodge, near Castletownroche, is marked on the first-edition Ordnance Survey map, and on the second-edition. By then it had acquired a range of outbuildings which have since disappeared. The house itself might have gone the same way had it not been rescued from ruin and restored in 2004. It's 1,991 sq ft with three bedrooms (one en suite) and two reception rooms, as well as a kitchen and utility. It come with seven acres of land, fronting the Awbeg River, and another six acres can be had as well. The grounds include a pleasant walled garden at the front.
The Railway Cottage, Skeaghanore West
€180K Charlie McCarthy, (028) 21533
Although it was short-lived, the Schull & Skibbereen Tramway is very fondly remembered in West Cork. From 1887 to 1947 it plied the short, 15-mile distance between the two villages, a journey that took over an hour and in which doubtless all the passengers talked non-stop. As its name implies, The Railway Cottage was a crossing guard's house on the tramway. It's now been nicely restored and extended to 879 sq ft including a dormer conversion. The ground floor has the kitchen and the dual-aspect living room, and upstairs are three bedrooms. It's on half an acre of grounds by the N71, a kilometre from Ballydehob.
Ardnagrena, Blackrock Rd, Cork City
€1.275M Frank V Murphy, (021) 427 4204
Built in 1908, Ardnagrena is described by the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage as a "unique Edwardian house" that still has its original features. Among these are the stained-glass entrance, the open-string stairs and the high, corniced ceilings. It's gained some modern features too, including the kitchen and an en suite in one of the four first-floor bedrooms. The second floor has two more bedrooms while on the ground floor are three reception rooms along with the eat-in kitchen and a conservatory. The overall floor area is 2,865 sq ft. It's on 0.45 of an acre with a walled orchard, lawns, a patio and mature trees.
Garryrhu House, Charleville
€400k Sherry FitzGerald Walsh, (063) 30884
Garryrhu House has gone through several name changes in its almost 200 years of existence - Charleville Cottage, Moatville Cottage, Capard Lodge, and Garryrhu, which An Post and Eircode refer to as Garryroe. Built about 1820, it looks like a modest single-storey red-roofed cottage from the front, but don't be deceived: it's two-storey at the back and even has a 536 sq ft basement, in a floor area of 2,733 sq ft. Within are three reception rooms, a country-style kitchen, three bedrooms and a concrete-floored gym, all on 1.1 acres. It's next to the Charleville milk processing plant, about 500 metres from the town centre.