CASTLE HYDE, FERMOY, COUNTY CORK, IRELAND
An impressive and important Irish country home delightfully positioned within some 150 acres on the banks of the Blackwater River. Completed in circa 1801 to a well-executed Palladian style, the house has a striking 3 storey over basement centre block with 7 window bays linking, by straight corridors, to attractive bow-fronted pavilions on either side. Beautifully positioned on the banks of the Blackwater River, regarded as one of Irelandâ€™s best salmon fishing rivers, nearby to Fermoy town (2 miles or 3.3 km). The pleasure grounds are magnificent and include a ruinous 12th century Norman castle (circa 1301) and a myriad of walking paths throughout. The countryside surrounding Castle Hyde within the Blackwater valley is thought to be some of the most beautiful in Ireland. The M8 motorway is accessible 3.1 miles or 5 km away with Cork city 29 miles or 46 km away.
An extensive, sympathetic and lengthy restoration programme undertaken circa 1999-2003 is reputed to have cost in excess of €30 million. There was an immense emphasis on retaining as much originality as possible whilst making the house suitable for todayâ€™s living. In 2016 further improvement works to Castle Hyde included a comprehensive redecoration. The house was restored back to its former glory but restored in a manner so that it could be lived in and enjoyed, not to be a museum but a family home. The original and extremely fine interior plasterwork (cornicing, centre roses, wall panels and murals) were restored with specialist gilt-work. Through the renovation works and upgrades the house has truly entered the 21st century.
Benefitting from a south facing orientation, all the principal reception rooms and bedrooms enjoy good natural light. Generous room sizes with high ceilings and large and numerous windows enhancing the feeling of brightness. Advantage is taken of the remarkable riverside position with all the principal rooms overlooking the river, some with dual aspect views, to the hills beyond. In all the accommodation within the house extends to some 35,000 square feet or 3,250 ...