LOCATED ON AN elevated site in Montenotte, Co Cork, Hyde Park House has no shortage of appeal.
One of Cork city’s oldest residences, the six-bed property was built between 1820 and 1840 for the Hyde family, whose son Douglas Hyde went on to become the first President of Ireland.
The property has been cared for by generations of owners, and comes to the market in immaculate condition with a price tag of €1,950,000.
It sits on 2.5 acres of highly private grounds from which the new owners can enjoy views of Cork city, the River Lee and the countryside. The gardens are rich in mature planting and sprawling lawns, while there are numerous winding walkways and stone steps which lead to peaceful seating areas. A stone gazebo and water fountain add to the feeling of opulence.
Stepping inside, Hyde Park House oozes elegance throughout its 6,598 sq ft. There are plentiful original features throughout, including ceiling roses, moulded plasterwork, sash windows and fireplaces.
The entrance hall sets the tone for the rest of the property, with a classic late Georgian design. It features a symmetrical design, with the dining room and the kitchen to the right, and the sitting room and drawing room to the left.
The rooms to the front feature bay windows, while each room is thoughtfully decorated to complement the house’s history. The drawing room is the most impressive, with an archway leading from here to the conservatory. The gardens blend seamlessly with the conservatory, with glass doors leading to a spacious patio.
The kitchen is sure to impress any keen home cook, with ample country-style units, a large centre island, an Aga and, again, access to the garden.
To the right of these spaces, a second entrance and hallway leads to a semi-separate suite, which could easily operate as private accommodation for guests, or as a working-from-home suite. This area includes a playroom, library, utility room, gym and bathrooms. There is also a workshop and storage building leading off the main rear patio.
Upstairs, there are six bedrooms, with an en suite bathroom from each. Three of these bedrooms have bay windows, with a step-up vanity area located here in the master bedroom.
There’s also an upper library area and, most impressively, a ballroom and reception room. At basement level, the wine cellar is sure to come in handy when entertaining guests.
Hyde Park House is conveniently located a 10-minute drive from the heart of Cork city, while jet-setters can be at the airport in 20 minutes.
With an exceptional interior, picturesque grounds and a slice of Ireland’s history, Hyde Park House offers the lucky buyer a special and luxurious place to call ‘home’.