This is how the other half live.
With seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, Oak Grove House in Carrigadrohid is for sale at a cool €2.65m, listed with luxury estate agents Sotheby’s.
Nestled in its own secluded and private historic estate, the house is set above the River Lee, overlooking 80 acres of magnificent mature gardens which, give the home’s previous residents, likely have plenty of stories to tell.
A famous actress lived here…
It’s got a fascinating history too; the current Oak Grove House dates from 1924 and incorporates the castellated part of an earlier circa 1750 house, once the holiday home of the famous Edwardian actress and singer Lily Elsie, best known for her starring role in Franz Lahar’s operetta ‘The Merry Widow’.
One of the most photographed women of Edwardian times, Lily Elsie was reportedly painfully shy. During her time in Cork, she was joined by her husband Major Ian Bullough, whom she later divorced, and while the pair mostly kept to themselves, they did delight the locals by taking part in the Muskerry Hunt in 1912. The event was later covered in Vogue magazine.
Comprehensively restored and remodelled around 25 years ago, the home where they escaped the world’s glare now includes six reception rooms and four bedrooms, a pool complex and garage, as well as an attractive stone cottage with bedrooms for guests.
A Georgian portico leads into a generous reception hall with a timber fireplace and carved timber staircase.
Just off this hall, you’ll find the morning room, complete with fitted bookcases and the dining room, panelled in light oak wainscotting, as well as the drawing-room and Poggenpohl kitchen, which opens out to a garden parterre.
A large billiard room or party room connects to the kitchen, with another large feature fireplace to provide a centre point for entertaining in the winter. It leads to a cellar room and the estate office, designed and fitted by Neville Johnson.
The large L-shaped drawing room incorporates a music room and leads to the garden room or orangerie, which overlooks a lily pond. Folding doors linking the outside terrace seating area to inside.
“Upstairs, the master bedroom suite comprises of the entire front facade of the house,” say Sotheby’s.
“It has windows on the east, south and west sides of the room giving wonderful garden views. The eastern end of the room leads to the en-suite marbled bathroom whilst at the western end of the suite there are capacious built-in wardrobes.
“There are three further bedroom suites, two with en-suite shower rooms and one with an en-suite bathroom. There is also a sizeable walk-in wardrobe.”
Don’t forget the swimming pool, sauna, tennis court and stables…
The Oak Grove House pool complex is across the courtyard and includes a 48ft indoor swimming pool, a large sauna, changing rooms, a walk-in shower and a loo.
A fenced hard tennis court lies west of the front lawns, with a small stable yard adjacent to the cottage offering stables and stores.
Naturally, you’ll be needing a place to store your car collection and the three-car garage should suffice. The walled garden includes a greenhouse and a charming castellated store too. In addition to the mature woodlands with many pathways, there are paddocks suited to equestrian or agricultural use.
In other words, plenty of room for a pony or two… and all just a short 30-minute spin from Cork Airport.
If your numbers come up in this week’s lotto, you can arrange a viewing with Sotheby’s here.