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The Red House, Youghal, Co. Cork
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  • 7 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
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This house is a rare and fine example of early 18th century urban architecture to remain in its original form.Set back from the street, on an imposing site, The Red House is steeped in history. With intact interiors, and a wealth of period detail, this seven bedroom home presents an incredible opportunity to make a unique, and yet highly liveable piece of Irish heritage your own home. Dating from 1703, in the William and Mary style Designed by the Dutch architect Leuventhen for the prominent Uniake family of County Cork A fine and rare example of 18th century urban architecture in its original form. Prime position on the Main Street Beautiful formal reception rooms with period features intact Extraordinary quality of craftsmanship throughout c. 633.4sq m (6,818sq ft) of accommodation laid out over three floors, plus basement Seven bedrooms c. .2 hectares (.4acres) of grounds in a private walled garden A short walk to the beautiful beaches of Youghal Less than one hour to Cork International AirportAll times and distances are approximate.Description A rare example of early 18th century Dutch-style architecture, The Red House is presented with an extraordinary array of its original features intact. Designed by the Dutch architect, Leuventhen, its style is a homage to the trading fortunes of the prominent Cork Uniake family, whose origins date back to the 13th century. The name of The Red House derives from the terracotta bricks that were imported for the house's construction, and its imposing facade is set back from the street, while still occupying a commanding position in the heart of this fascinating town. While the facade is public, the rear of the house opens up to a charming and sunny private walled garden, the whole site being approximately .2ha (.4acres). 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. Traces of former illustrious owners are to 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, to which stained glass bears witness. The significance of the house is noted in the Buildings of Ireland survey, and it also held in high regard by many Georgian enthusiasts. The most recent owners have done a great deal to restore the house, revealing intricate parquet flooring, delicious tiles, hand fashioned rafters, and timber-lined ceilings. There is also original wood panelling, hand carved bannisters, and stucco mouldings throughout. With seven bedrooms, including a master suite with a large dressing room, and an ensuite; plus very generous formal and informal reception rooms, and a large basement area, this house has extraordinary potential to bring its illustrious history forward to create the next chapter as a remarkable family home. The Red HouseThe wide and lofty hallway of The Red House is capped by a stucco frieze, drawing you in to an inner hall, where the stairway is an exceptional feature, with an alternating design in the hand carved bannisters. The detailing in these two spaces give you a sense of what is to come. 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.Upstairs are four bedrooms, including the commanding master suite, with its own very generous dressing room and private balcony, while on the second floor, there are three more bedrooms and a large family room. There is also a large basement area. OutsideAn enclosed courtyard with curving walkways leads up to the imposing stone steps at the facade of The Red House. In all, the house stands on c .2ha (.4 acres), and the secluded private walled rear gardens are reached through the house itself. The rear garden includes 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. There is off street parking for one car to the right of the house.LocationPart of the Historic Walled Towns of Ireland network, Youghal has played an intriguing role in the story of Ireland. For many years it was home to Sir Walter Raleigh (who also is said to have brought the potato to Ireland), when he was gifted lands here by Queen Elizabeth 1. There is a fine church, and a wonderful clock tower that gives character to the main street. The surrounding landscape is beautiful, and there are acres of sandy beaches to enjoy, as well as a seafront boardwalk. From here, the whole of the stunning East Cork, West Waterford and Blackwater Valley regions open up. Over the last number of years, The Iron Man competition has been held in Youghal.Youghal is an excellent family town. There are numerous charming cafs, bars and restaurants, including the famous Ahernes Seafood Restaurant and Bar, all within walking distance. The Michelin Starred Cliff House is also a short drive away. There is a choice of schools, and the forthcoming Youghal-Midleton Greenway will also play a significant role in opening up this beautiful region to visitors, while being a wonderful local amenity too. The Youghal-Midleton Greenway will be over 23km and is due to be completed in the next two years, which will give a massive boost to this wonderful area.Widely regarded as one of the finest parkland golf courses in Cork, Youghal Golf Club offers you some of the most spectacular views the region has to offer overlooking Youghal Bay. 45 minute drive (51.2km) to Cork City 49 minute drive (57.4km) to Cork International Airport 1 hour drive (76km) to Waterford City 2 hour drive (145km) to Shannon Airport 2 hour 45 minutes (238km) to Dublin 2 hour 50 minutes (245km) to Dublin AirportDirectionsComing from Cork, take the N25 east for approximately 50km. Just after the Co Waterford boundary, at the roundabout, take the third exit, signposted Youghal, onto the R634. At the next roundabout, take the first exit, staying on the R634. Just past SuperValu, turn right onto O'Neill Crowley Street, then turn right again onto North Main Street. The Red House will be on your left after approx 100m.
The Red House, Youghal, Co. Cork, Cork, Ireland
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