Scenic Georgian home on the waterfront in West Cork hits the market for €1.525m
CREAGH GLEBE Creagh, Skibbereen, Co Cork €1.525m
The Topographical Dictionary of Ireland from 1837 records that the glebe house in the parish of Creagh in West Cork was the seat of one Rev HB Macartney, and that his neighbours at the time included Sir WW Becher, Bart, at Creagh House.
The reverend's living was in the diocese of Ross, and in the patronage of the bishop; the tithes amounted to £500 per annum, a tidy sum on which the cleric must have enjoyed a pleasant lifestyle considering that his church - "a small neat edifice with a square tower ornamented with pinnacles" - was built for £1,000 in 1810.
The former rectory, a classic two-storey Georgian property, is located on the southern banks of a stretch of the Ilen river, between Skibbereen and Baltimore, known locally as the Golden Mile, and it's hard to think of a more idyllic situation.
Creagh Glebe sits on an elevated site extending to almost 15 acres, with spectacular, panoramic views over the estuary. The house has its own pier and slipway, with direct access to the water, which is something for which all the nautical types in this neck of the woods yearn; water frontage in West Cork means that you've arrived. Baltimore and Schull are both 25 minutes away by boat. There are established sailing clubs in both towns and nearby Skibbereen has a rowing club that uses the Ilen. By road, it is 6km to Baltimore and 7km to Skibbereen, the latter well known as an artisan food hub, while Baltimore's new Mews restaurant has been one of the big gastronomic hits of summer 2015.
Approached via a gravel drive with paddocks on either side, the house extends to over 494 sqm and is in excellent condition, having been renovated over recent years with due care and attention paid to its many original period features, including sash windows with working shutters, wooden floors and fireplaces. The proportions are classic, with three square reception rooms on the ground floor that look out over the sloping gardens towards the river, and five bedrooms, one of which is en suite, upstairs.
The kitchen/breakfast room overlooks the garden to the side and there is a south-facing conservatory with French doors to a courtyard garden and barbecue area. There's also a garage and, at basement level, a wine cellar. Across the courtyard is a series of converted outbuildings that house a games room and guest accommodation, with two further bedrooms. The walled garden is a lovely, enclosed space currently let to a local farmer for his sheep, but could be returned to its original purpose as a fruit and vegetable garden.
These days, the neighbours include Jeremy Irons and David Puttnam, who are year-round residents, and well-heeled summer blow-ins, attracted by the sailing and social activity. Creagh Glebe would make a very comfortable family home but is more likely to be bought by someone based in the UK, perhaps with connections to the area, attracted by the proximity to Cork Airport (just 88km away) and the favourable exchange rate. At the time of writing, this gives an equivalent purchase price in sterling of £1.25m.
The vendors are themselves UK-based and have used Creagh Glebe as a holiday home, earning €2,000 per week from holiday lettings when they are not in residence.
Size: 494 sqm
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes, Farms and Estates, (01) 237 6300 and Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill, (023) 883 3995
Viewing: By appointment with agents