Take the back roads to Ballynoe’s €695,000 farm, riding and country life made easy
MEMORY lane is playing tricks, and so is passing time. It would seem.
Revisiting in 2022, there were no memories of when this East Cork property came on the market 19 years ago, mainly because it’s no longer the same house or group at all. Today it is more than twice as big, it is a world apart in terms of the quality of what has been built and improved, the rooms are all taller and a number of outbuildings have also been worked on and redone at considerable cost.
What hasn’t changed a bit is the decor.
We (I) got lost again, but making the long way was no hardship: it is simply beautiful land, and the 2003 description of being “in this vast, but seldom traveled, network of roads from countryside and forests between Midleton and Fermoy, with views of Tallow on the Waterford border and the Knockmealdown mountains in the background” is still relevant today.
Son and daughter are now gone (one is in Australia) and parents are down, moving to Dublin.
What they are about to leave is a fully finished five bed house, old and new happily side by side, with old world charm in one half and the original stairs, and the proportions of the room and the window, while the newer and larger half has a mezzanine hall with open fire overlooked by a landing, and fresh, modern double and even triple aspect bedrooms, with higher ceilings (10′). It’s bright, bright, bright, with a top-quality kitchen, complete with four-oven black Aga, because cooking is popular here judging by the cookbook banks.
Working from home was rare two decades ago, but even then it has been suggested here that if ‘Killasseragh is ready for occupancy, a new owner can do as much or as little renovation as his heart’s content. and his wallet allow it. Dependencies provide the opportunity to work from home or run a business.
Purists might see
ek replacing the tiles and PVC windows in the old section, made 25 years ago by the previous owners to whom it was sold by the Mount Mellerary brothers who bequeathed it. But, that’s entirely discretionary, it just doesn’t look as appealing as the new vendor-supervised section with its slate roof and bull nose bricks forming a maintenance-free fascia.
All the outbuildings, either side and forming a beautiful enclosure, now have good new roofs (thanks in part to Hurricane Ophelia, done by local man Tim Pat Crowley), either in slate or quality ridged steel with new frames.
Attractive features include the cozy charm of the old two-bed cottage/farmhouse bedrooms with many features retained, old doors (some low), exposed beam ceilings and stairs, and the bedrooms at this end include an en-suite bathroom. formal dining room, a library and an end room with a stove in a partially filled cantou fireplace, discreet reception bar, drawing studio.