It’s a lot of house for €595,000.
Perched in the centre of Youghal, the 18th Century Red House is for sale and if you’ve ever dreamed of living in a fairytale mansion, this could be your chance to live the château life without leaving Cork.
Dating from 1703, the William and Mary style house was designed by the Dutch architect Leuventhen for the prominent Uniake family. The name derives from the terracotta bricks that were imported for the building’s construction.
It’s a huge home for the price – 6,818sq ft of accommodation is laid out over three floors, plus a basement for storage or drum kits or a subterranean playroom.
Inside you’ll find the full bingo card of dream features, from a sweeping staircase to panelled walls, parquet flooring, hand-carved bannisters and a Juliette balcony overlooking the sweeping lawns – all just a short stroll from the beach, local cafés, pubs and restaurants.
“The house may be imposing, but inside it has a lovely balance of grand features and lofty reception rooms, with charming and entirely liveable spaces, which combine to make the perfect, and substantial family home.” say the agents Sherry FitzGerald.
With seven large bedrooms and four bathrooms, traces of former illustrious owners can be seen in the terrazzo at the entrance, created by Justice of the Peace, Thomas Farrell, who moved in in 1900. Later The Red House became the parochial house for Youghal, a period which saw the home’s stained glass windows installed.
The wide and lofty hallway of The Red House is capped by a stucco frieze. The stairway features an alternating design in the hand-carved bannisters.
To the right, a drawing-room, with three tall windows, leads on to a garden room, while to the left, a formal dining room opens up to two separate cosy study spaces.
There is also a bathroom, kitchen, living room and utility room at this level, and a sunny conservatory too.
Climb the sweeping staircase and you’ll find four bedrooms, including the commanding master suite, with its own very generous dressing room and private balcony.
Another level up, on the second floor, there are three more bedrooms and a large family room. There is also a large basement area.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
An enclosed courtyard with curving walkways leads up to the imposing stone steps at the facade of The Red House.
Secluded private walled rear gardens are reached through the house itself and include a sunken sheltered patio, as well as further patio areas dotted about to ensure sunny spots at all times of the day. There is lavish mature planting, a large lawn, and a handy shed for storage, with off street parking for one car to the right of the house.
The possibilities are endless.
If you’ve always fancied running a B&B, you could be welcoming guests at The Red House by autumn. If it’s a fun family home with acres of space and ample room for a home office or two you’re after, this could be a perfect choice.
Ready to start a new chapter? You can arrange a viewing with agent Fiona Hennessy here.