Take Four: Garryhankard House
What: Georgian residence and stud farm with formal gardens Where: Garryhankard House, Upton, Innishannon, Co Cork. THE Georgian property is a standard five-bedroom house that was completely transformed in the 1980s by two owners, Paddy O'Sullivan and James O'Mahony.
Mr O'Mahoney embarked on a re-modelling of the house that included the addition of a 25m swimming pool complex, luxurious internal finish, and a state-of-the-art stabling block.
The main house now comprises a reception hall, sitting room, study, kitchen, dining room, drawing room and breakfast room.
The house features neo-classical style plasterwork, parquet floors, marble columns, carved stone and original fireplaces, wood panelling and sash windows. There is also a billiards room and an office suite that has offices and a conference room for meetings of up to 10 people.
There are eight ensuite bedrooms in all.
The 457sqm (4,920sq ft) swimming pool complex features a Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and changing rooms.
Outside, the formal tiered gardens have sweeping lawns bordered by sculptured hedging with gravel paths leading to two ornamental lakes. The lakes are surrounded by wild flowers, mature trees and a wooded walk, while the garden also includes a golf putting green.
The Garryhankard House estate also includes a three-bedroom coach house, a two-bedroom gate lodge and a two-bedroom staff cottage.
Enquiries to Ganly Walters on 01 6623255