Sunday 18 August 2019

Villa needing refurbishment

De La Cour Villa €450k

De La Cour Villa was built in the late 18th century
De La Cour Villa was built in the late 18th century
The living room with a wood-burning stove

De La Cour Villa near Macroom in Co Cork was reportedly built in the late 18th century for the De Lacour family, Huguenot refugees who settled in Ireland in the 1600s.

Its history since then is a little murky but it is claimed by at least one source to have been used as an IRA hospital during the War of Independence.

In Michael Collins: His Life and Times, Edward O'Mahony recounts Collins' journey to west Cork on the last day of his life, when he passed "the IRA hospital, De Lacour Villa, in which the wounded of Crossbarry had been cared for by Nurse Baby Lordan and her sister".

The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage describes it as "De Lacour House" - a significant and imposing feature in the landscape, which is certainly true.

The living room with a wood-burning stove
The living room with a wood-burning stove

It's on two storeys over a basement, with an array of six-over-six-pane sash windows to the front, and stands on a 3.3-acre site with beautiful gardens shrouded in mature trees.

It needs refurbishment now but is comfortably enough arranged all the same.

The first floor has two bathrooms and five bedrooms, two with adjoining dressing rooms.

Downstairs there are three reception rooms - a dining room with a fireplace, a living room with a wood-burning stove, and a third reception room with another fireplace. The kitchen is fitted and has a Stanley range and a door to the garden.

The basement is not converted to everyday use and neither is the attic, although the latter has two skylights.

It's at the end of a winding avenue in the townland of Dunisky, about seven kilometres away from Macroom and roughly half an hour's drive from Cork city.

De La Cour Villa is for sale with agents Sherry FitzGerald Hinchion and has an asking price of €450,000.

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