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€2,950,000

Ballywilliam House, Ballywilliam, Kinsale, Cork

8 beds 6 baths 441m 2Energy RatingDetached House Refreshed on Jul 30, 2021
Eircode: P17 NH50
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Description

Presented to the market by Bowe Property Kinsale, Ballywilliam House is an eye catching country period house in a wonderful rural landscape with river frontage & set on parkland grounds of approximately 2.4acres. Approached by a private avenue behind a gated entrance, when you arrive at Ballywilliam House, you certainly have arrived to a stunning setting and a handsome country home. This original five bay two storey over basement property has a carved limestone door case with decorative focus on the slate hanging on the entire façade, notable & increasingly rare feature with walled gardens and elaborate bridge adding to its setting and wonderful landscaped context. The property has a significant floor area of approximately 441sq.m. with beautifully & painstakingly restored accommodation consisting of no less then 8 bedrooms, 4 en-suite, two full sized bathrooms together with an enormous drawing room & separate dining room looking out onto terraced lawns and the beautiful rolling countryside setting bounded by the tidal Bandon river just 6kms from Kinsale town and its marina. Further accommodation consists of a beautifully bespoke fully fitted kitchen with premium appliances accessed by a feature entrance hall with a beautiful original cantilever staircase with upper feature arched window and lower oculus window onto same. This property is truly an original gem in a beautiful countryside setting on its own private grounds which are further enhanced by walled rear gardens, original smoke vaults, a dry moat with an ornate limestone bridge, recently added bespoke garden gazebos in both the courtyard and by the foreshore and of course with direct river frontage onto the tidal Bandon river with Kinsale accessed by road, less than 6kms away and depending on tides Kinsale a mere 3 minute easy boat ride. The front gardens are extensive, open & unspoilt in terms of views & setting with sufficient space & a variety of safe approaches for access by private air transport. A truly special & unique country period property in a beautiful part of the world, steeped in local history. Ballywilliam House viewings private viewings are strictly by prior appointment with the retained estate agents. __________________________________ The Grounds The property is gated and terraced lawns dress the front of the property where you can relax and enjoy the everchanging scenery, both countryside & exclusive water views. You will find a large courtyard to the rear of the property behind original cut stone walls with one of the heated gazebos, fantastic for entertaining, the second gazebo overlooks the waterfront where you will access a private fresh water beach at the waters edge along with a large plot of ground towards the gated entrance. Historical Note Ballywilliam House, Kinsale set behind wrought iron gates and a mere 6kms from Kinsale Town Centre is not only a spectacular property but one that is steeped in local & national history from as early as 1765. Ballywilliam House is believed to be the seat of the Barter family and the house has existed in some form on lands at Ballywilliam since 1765, when the Barter family first took up residence in County Cork. William Barter is believed to have built the house that still stands today in 1816. Several members of the Barter family held lands in and around Kinsale in the 1870's, including Benjamin Barter, who owner over 400 acres at Ballywilliam as wall as lands in another local area, Ballinhassig. On Saturday 27th April 1839, Benjamin Barter offered Ballywilliam House, out-offices and demesne of 100 acres for lease. He highlighted the demesne's salmon fishery and quay as one of the main features. By 1870, Benjamin was back living in Ballywilliam House accompanied by his wife, Mary. Benjamin later died in 1874, in 1875 Mary advertised the property for lease and less then 10 years later she offered the property for sale along with other lands held by the family near Ballygarvan. The property was purchased in 1886 privately by a solicitor. It was eventually revealed that the purchaser was a local dispensary doctor known as Dr. George Vickery. Dr. Vickery continued his work as a dispensary doctor in the town of Kinsale until he retired in 1920. By this time, the War of Independence was underway, leading ultimately to the occupation of Kinsale town by Anti-Treaty forces in July 1922. As the Free State forces advanced on the town, the Anti-Treaty IRA began to occupy strategic positions around the town to prepare for its defence. As Ballywilliam House overlooked Bandon River and across, which the Free State army eventually attacked, Ballywilliam House was the perfect vantage point. The Anti Treaty troops arrived at the house late one night and informed Dr. Vickery that they needed to occupy the property. Dr. Vickery testily responded that he knew every one of them and had brought many of them into the world, and that they could go away and stopped bothering him. The Anti Treaty army, mostly young men, complied and left the property. The Vickery family resided at Ballywilliam until 1960. It then became the residence of the Webb family until 1970, when it was later bought by the Bray Family. The prior owners to the current vendor, purchased the property in 1995 and lovingly restored the house both inside & out. They wanted to ensure the property stayed true to its original form and spirit which they did so beautifully. It was later revealed that the keen purchaser of the property in 1995 had a familiar name and voice to the locals of Kinsale, Tori Amos. It is widely known that Ballywilliam House was home to many of her works such as her album, The Boys of Pele as well as many more. Amos transformed the property into a residential recording studio whilst working on the above mentioned album in 1995 and later in 2011 the classical label Deutsche Grammophon released Night Hunters, Tori's 12th album, the photographs for this project were also taken on the premises along with the video for Star Whisperer, which was designed for a song on the album. Ballywilliam House has been a place of creativity for both Tori and a multitude of other musicians who have recorded at the house also. Tori has been quoted referring to the property as 'magical' and home to 'many memories, both personal & artistic.'

Accommodation

Entrance Hall-11.59m x 4.57m Double glass panel doors through to staircase hall. Access to guest shower room. Wooden floors. Ornate radiator. Guest Bathroom -4.58m x 3.48m Fully fitted with w.c., wash-hand basin with bespoke vanity unit, slipper free standing bathtub and oversized corner shower with glazed shower screen. 24 panel sash window onto rear courtyard. Ceramic tiled walls & shower surround. Ceiling cornicing. Ornate radiator. Staircase Hall-6m x 3.5m Access to kitchen, dining room & lounge. Ornate cantilever original staircase with round wooden hand rail to overhead & basement accommodation. Ceiling cornicing. Feature arched window onto rear courtyard. Original oculus window on basement approach onto rear. Wooden floors. Lounge-6.29m x 5.12m Feature open fire place. Two 24 panel sash windows with shutters onto front lawns with exquisite river views. Two 24 panel sash windows with shutters onto front drive. Door through to storage cupboard. Ceiling cornicing. T.V. point. Ornate radiator. Dining Room-6.44m x 5.16m Feature open fire place with restored club fender. 24 panel sash windows onto front lawns with exquisite river views. 24 panel sash window onto side lawns with window shutters. Ceiling cornicing. Ceramic tiled floor. Ornate radiator. Kitchen-4.98m x 4.94m Fully fitted with bespoke handcrafted presses & cupboards complimented by a marble countertop & centre island unit. Two 24 panel sash windows with window seating out onto rear courtyard and side lawns with exquisite river views. Appliances include an oversized double & single electric oven with ceramic hob & over head extractor, ice maker, integrated microwave, integrated coffee machine, integrated dishwasher & integrated double fridge & freezer. Ceramic tiled floors. Basement Accommodation Basement Hallway-2.83m x 1.95m Access from original staircase with feature oculus window onto rear. Access to bedrooms & linen room. Door to rear courtyard & dry moat. Bedroom 1 -4.84m x 4.54m Sash windows onto side. Sash window onto rear. Recessed lights. Ceiling cornicing. Ornate radiator. En-Suite (2.2m x 1.79m) Fully fitted with w.c., wash-hand basin with vanity unit & corner shower with rainfall shower attachment. Ceramic tiled floor & shower surround. Extractor. Recessed lighting. Ornate Radiator. Bedroom 2 -6.13m x 4.98m Two sash windows onto front. Sash window onto side. Recessed lights. Ceiling cornicing. Ornate radiator. En-Suite (2.2mx 1.8m) Fully fitted with w.c., wash-hand basin with vanity unit & corner shower with rainfall shower attachment. Ceramic tiled floor & shower surround. Extractor. Recessed lighting. Bedroom 3 -6.25m x 5m Two sash windows onto front. Sash window onto side. Recessed lights. Ceiling cornicing. Ornate radiator. En-Suite (2.19mx 1.86m) Fully fitted with w.c., wash-hand basin with vanity unit & corner shower with rainfall shower attachment. Ceramic tiled floor & shower surround. Extractor. Recessed lighting. Bedroom 4-4.79m x 4.4m Two sash windows onto rear. Sash window onto side. Recessed lights. Ceiling cornicing. Ornate radiator. En-Suite (2.2m x 1.82m) Fully fitted with w.c., wash-hand basin with vanity unit & corner shower with rainfall shower attachment. Ceramic tiled floor & shower surround. Extractor. Recessed lighting. First Floor Accommodation Landing-4.4m x 3m Access to bedrooms and family bathroom. Bespoke large arched window onto rear courtyard. Ceiling cornicing. Feature arched spine wall. Ornate radiator. Bedroom 1 -4.96m x 4.64m 24 panel sash window with shutters onto rear courtyard with exquisite country side views. 24 panel sash window onto front with shutters with rolling countryside views and of the Bandon River estuary. Ceiling cornicing. Ornate Radiator. Bedroom 2 -15.41m x 5.31m 24 panel sash window with shutters onto front with exquisite views of surrounding lawns, countryside & Bandon River estuary. Ceiling cornicing. Ornate Radiator. Family Bathroom -3.78m x 3.76m Fully fitted with w.c., double wash-hand basin with bespoke vanity unit, oversized shower with rainfall & telephone shower attachments behind glazed doors and slipper free standing bathtub. 24 panel sash window onto front lawns with shutters with rolling countryside views and Bandon River estuary. Ceramic tiled floor & shower surround. Ceiling cornicing. Ornate radiator. Bedroom 3 -5.04m x 4.71m 24 panel sash window onto front with shutters overlooking rolling countryside views and Bandon River estuary. Ceiling cornicing. Ornate Radiator. Bedroom 4 -4.97m x 4.71m 24 panel sash window with shutters onto rear courtyard with exquisite country side views. 24 panel sash window onto side with shutters overlooking rolling countryside views and Bandon River estuary. Ceiling cornicing. Attic hatch. Ornate Radiator. Large Smoke Vaults ( 8.1m x 5.8m) Has a large variety of uses such as storage, smokery and fishing lodge. Plant Room (7.82m x 2.47m) Fitted with double laundry facilities. Water tank. Oil unit. Rear Courtyard Fully walled courtyard with original subterranean smoke vaults and a recently added bespoke oversized gazebo fitted with full electrics and heating.

Features

A beautiful early 19th Century period property on C.2.4acres with water frontage & strong views. Within 6kms of Kinsale Town, 17kms from Old Head Golf Links & 24kms of Cork Airport. C. 441sq.m. (C.4747 sq.f.) of exquisitely appointed accommodation. Extensively & painstakingly refurbished by its current custodian. Bridged lime stone steps to front door over dry moat. An important local property steeped in local history in a beautiful parkland setting on the tidal Bandon River. Services: Private services. Excellent broadband connectivity. Oil fired central heating. Location This stunning and eloquently presented property known as Ballywilliam House is presented on an elevated site overlooking the River Bandon in one of the most desirable water front locations in the country of Ireland in the seaside town known as Kinsale situated along the Wild Atlantic Way. Ballywilliam House sits just outside of Kinsale town, a mere 6km from the town centre which offers great privacy yet convenience. Kinsale, Cionn tSáile, nestles between the hills and the shoreline and is known for its beautifully & bright winding streets, seafood & five star Michelin restaurants, scenic harbour and yachting marina, quaint novelty shops & art galleries as well as some of Irelands most historic landmarks such as Charles Fort, James Fort, Desmond Castle, The Old Head of Kinsale & the French Prison, to name a few. The property is located 24km from Cork International Airport & Cork City, 14km from Garrylucas & Garrettown Beach, 17km from The Old Head of Kinsale & Golf Links & 40kms from Clonakilty.

BER Details

BER: Exempt

Viewing Details

Ballywilliam House viewings private viewings are strictly by prior appointment with the retained estate agents.
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