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Bearforest, Mallow, Co. Cork
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  • 9 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
Property description
Built at the turn of the nineteenth century and renovated in 1970, Bearforest House is a classically grand, imposing, yet enormously comfortable Irish country house. Its two storey over basement design gives a bright and airy ground floor in which a stunning entrance hall takes its curve from the bow-front of the house. This is floored with green marble, and leads on to an inner hallway, with a gracious curving staircase.A front sitting room to the right has dual aspect, with French windows to a terrace, while to the other side of the hall, a cosy study is lined with bookshelves, and warmed by a generous open fire. Behind these, the huge drawing room has a trio of tall sash windows and another set of French windows, while the dining room is of equal elegance, and can comfortably accommodate large parties.The Latin inscription, taken from Horace, over the elegantly curved entrance of Bearforest House can be loosely translated as the place less distracted by envious care, and this is the atmosphere that permeates the house as a whole. A timeless sense of ease and grace fills the rooms. A wing to the left of the entrance hall houses the kitchen, a very generous space, waiting for you to put your own stamp on it. Beyond this is a pantry and utility room, and access to a double garage, which is also ripe for integration into the house should you desire. However, the lower ground level also offers huge opportunities for imaginative recreation.Presently, at this level, there are four bedrooms, a store room and plant room, as well as a wide hallway and bathroom, but as you also have a further five bedrooms, all en-suite on the upper level, these rooms could also be given over to a home business, or as leisure or study spaces.The five bedrooms on the first floor are all exceptionally generous, with en-suites, and the master has a dressing room off. With views of trees, the gorgeous grounds, rolling fields, the Blackwater River, and the Nagles Mountains, these are light-filled spaces, with gracious high ceilings and good proportions. History of BearforestNamed after Richard Beare, who had held the lands in this prosperous part of north County Cork since the early 1700s, Bearforest was built in 1807 for Robert Delacour. The architect, Sir Richard Morrison designed some of Ireland's most beautiful country houses, including Ballyfin in Co Laois, and was founder of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.Morrison described his intentions for Bearforest as being to design a residence that should combine simplicity and elegance for the purposes of a large family, or of affluent fortune, while it retained the modest character becoming the habitation of an unostentatious private gentleman a description to which it more than lives up.The house was also owned by the illustrious Purdon Coote family. In 1921/22, Bearforest, like many of Ireland's Great Houses, fell victim to the turbulence of the Irish War of Independence, but it was rebuilt in c1925, with a second storey added to the curved entrance bow, which gives a lovely aspect to the front bedroom on the first floor.Gardens and GroundsA curving driveway sweeps past the two-bedroomed gate lodge, which is also part of the property, through post-and-rails flanked paddocks to reach the front of Bearforest House. This adds a welcoming privacy, and that perfect peace and quiet which is one of the wonderful bonuses of living in the countryside. Well kept walled gardens surround the house and there is an abundance of mature trees and shrub planting providing good and colourful cover in all seasons. The land in this part of Ireland is excellent, and the paddocks are rich with lush grass. You can also see the sites of the many vegetable gardens, which would once have fed the owners, and their dependants and staff. Stable yardAn arched entrance leads to the cobbled stable yard, where there is a coach house, and other accommodation for horses, and for all the needs of those who work with them. The stables are roomy, with loft space above and a self-contained apartment.Salmon HatcheryThe grounds also include woodlands and a salmon hatchery, with walking paths through the property. Bearforest House stands on a total of circa 21.2ha(52.5 acres) of land in environs of Mallow town, approx. 1 km from the town centre. The house itself sits on c.8ha(20acres) with a further 12ha(30acres) adjoining, which is the development land lot.In the last development plan a section of the lands c.13ha(32.3acres) were zoned for development/mixed use.Discussions with the Planners would indicate that they would entertain a proposal for residential development on circa 13ha(32.3 acres) of the said lands but it would have to be low density and retain the existing trees and be done in a manner that would not compromise the integrity of Bearforest House itself or its Curtilage.The development plan is being reviewed in the next 12 to 18 months and this site should prove an excellent opportunity to develop a scheme of detached houses in an exclusiveSetting adjacent to the town, golf club and with easy access to the Cork road. All necessary services including sewer, storm water and water are available and nearby.Bearforest House sits in the rural outskirts of Mallow, a thriving market town in Co Cork. The famous River Blackwater runs nearby, and the house itself is equidistant between Mallow Golf Club and Mallow Town, where there is a wide range of shops, cafs, bars and restaurants as well as national, primary and secondary schools. There is a wide ranging of sporting activities available in the area, from golfing to fishing, horse riding and racing to hill walking, as well as football, rugby and GAA. The train station at Mallow is on the main line between Dublin and Cork, while the N20 and N72 national routes link with the motorway network at the M8 junction, just thirty minutes drive away. Bearforest both is an oasis of tranquil quiet, and an ideal base in this thriving part of Ireland.1.9km / 5 minutes drive from Mallow Town and within walking distance.34km from Cork City42km from Cork International Airport67km from Limerick City92km from Shannon International Airport242km from Dublin City249km from Dublin International Airport
Mallow, Cork, Ireland
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