MONTMORENCI HOUSE, YOUGHAL, COUNTY CORK, IRELAND
An extremely comfortable and utterly engaging private home exquisitely positioned within the ancient town walls of Youghal and enjoying elevated town views to the sea estuary and harbour below.
Gloriously positioned within some 2 acres or 0.81 hectares at the higher most point within the original 13th-century town walls of Youghal the views are extraordinary. Extending over historic slated roof-tops, church spires and the undulating streets of Youghal town to the wide expanse of the confluence of the river Blackwater and the Irish sea, within the estuary below, the views are truly panoramic and magically changeable, within any given day and throughout the year.
Combining period charm with bold contemporary design the origins of Montmorenci House likely extend to the 1400’s, a portion of the original 13th-century town walls forming the upper boundary and part of the house incorporating an ancient square tower that is possibly late-Medieval. The core of the original house, comprising the lower level, is Victorian and acquired by the skilled glass artist and antiquarian Michael Buckley in 1890 features some of his exemplary stained-glass work. Revered Irish folklore characters adorn his early works at Montmorenci House and later works include exquisite leaded and coloured glass work. He also added decorative grape and vine timber carvings in bog oak to door architraves.
Comprehensive upgrading works in circa 2000 included the addition of a bold contemporary cedar clad upper floor, which is entirely glazed on the sea front side in design like the Bridge of a Ship. The effect is simply remarkable, allowing glorious natural light inside and seemingly magnifying the panoramic views. This upper level comprises some 1,000 square feet (95 square metres) of light filled living space and includes the fitted kitchen. Incorporating reclaimed pitch-pine flooring boards, beautifully coloured historic brick and a solid-fuel stove the old seamlessly blends with the new large modern sloped glass windows and toughed glass floor panels, which transfers great natural light to the central lobby hall library below. A large wood stove makes this a cosy space. The living room faces south and east and has an open fireplace. An enclosed porch links to the garden and is used as a very pleasant studio. The original casement windows have been retained but with efficient modern glazing discreetly added.
There are three bedrooms on the lower level, two with en-suite bathrooms and one has double French doors that open to a small private terrace with excellent framed views. A fourth bedroom suite is positioned mid-way between the floors on a mezzanine level off the stair return. The accommodation on the lower floor is completed by a family bathroom, storeroom and a large laundry room, which opens to an outside courtyard. A sympathetically styled guest chalet is a short distance from the house, across the sun-trapping south and west facing terrace. It is currently utilised as a luxurious home office but is laid out to allow self-contained living with a bedroom, shower room and living room with a kitchenette. Combined the total accommodation extends to some 2,900 square feet or 269.4 square metres.
An electric security gate set within the old walls provides car access and a pedestrian gate off the lower garden provide easy walking access to the town’s centre, harbour, shops, restaurants, schools and clubs (rugby, tennis, golf, sailing, fishing and more). There is a walking and cycling ‘Greenway’, fishing (river Blackwater and deep-sea), a Blue Flag beach, kitesurfing, surfing and grey hound racing. There are 4 good golf courses within a 30-minute drive. The nearby Comeragh Mountains provide quality walking and cycling amenity. Cork airport 40 minutes driving.
BER (Building Energy Rating): C1
Eircode: P36 VK40
For additional information, including floorplans, contact David Ashmore (PSRA Licence #003640)