Floor (sq. m): 410Land (ha): 12.85Beds: 6Baths: 6

Rathcoursey House, Midleton, County Cork

A character Georgian house, dated 1773, tucked away in a delightful wooded setting overlooking over a tranquil sea inlet

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  • Midleton 7 km. Cork 29 km. Cork Airport 34 km.

    Entrance Hall, Staircase Hall, Front Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Library, Study, Garden Room, Kitchen, Pantry, Boot Room, Sauna. Six Bedrooms, Six Bathrooms. Linen Room. Office.

    Charming Stone Yard with Traditional Outbuildings. Delightful wooded Grounds. Walled Orchard. Ten acre Meadow. Far reaching unspoilt Views over East Ferry inlet and Great Island.

    In all about 12.85 Hectares (31 Acres)



    Rathcoursey has a rich and colourful history, mainly associated with the sea, dating back centuries.A strategic site commanding far-reaching views and controlling the narrow but navigable East Ferry inlet, this was where a medieval castle was built by the Anglo-Norman De Coursey family. Their legacy lives on in the name of the house along with part of the castle bawn wall, which now forms part of the walled garden.

    Although the earliest parts date from the 17th century, the house is predominantly 18th Century, with the main part of the house built in 1773 by sea captain John Tynte Smyth and commemorated by a stone plaque on the south wall. A later extension was made in 1840, to the rear, when a polished pine staircase was also installed.

    The 7-bay house was has been completely restored and updated in recent years, yet remains full of history and character with many original features remaining - including sash windows with shutters,floors and fireplaces. The light and spacious accommodation is arranged on two floors and extends to some 410 sq metres (4400 sq ft) and includes three reception rooms, six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The house enjoys a sunny south-westerly aspect with the main accommodation enjoying views over Great Island with glimpses of the inlet through Rathcoursey Wood.

    Rathcoursey offers the increasingly rare attribute of total privacy and seclusion, set at the end of a long drive and at the centre of its own wooded grounds and lands which extend to some 12.85 hectares. The property also includes a fine stone yard with a range of traditional buildings including forge and lime kiln, suitable for a variety of uses.

    Renowned English painter and poet Thomas Hennell stayed at Rathcoursey House frequently during the period 1929-1942. An interior scene of the house is in The Tate Gallery, London whilst his poem 'Winter colours in the woods at Rathcoursey' recalls the beauty and tranquillity of the setting.

    Rathcoursey is located above the beautiful East Ferry at the eastern end of Cork Harbour, one of the finest natural harbours. Although the property is situated away from main roads, it is a 10 minute drive from the thriving market town of Midleton - which provides a comprehensive range of shopping, leisure and financial services together and restaurants together with a wide choice of schools. It is well placed for access to Cork, via N25 dual carriageway, with rapid access to Cork Airport via the Jack Lynch Tunnel and also via a frequent rail service to the city centre from Midleton station. Rosslare Ferry Port is also easily accessible via the N25 in approx. 2 hours drive time.

    East Cork and Cork Harbour are noted for their natural coastal beauty and numerous leisure activities which abound here. Some of the finest sailing is centred around the harbour area with marinas close by at East Ferry and Crosshaven. There are championship golf courses, including Cork GC, Castlemartyr Resort and Fota Island GC (2014 Irish Open) together with Water Rock GC and East Cork GC locally. Salmon and trout fishing are available on the Blackwater and Bride rivers and there are safe sandy beaches and seaside villages all within easy reach.

Rathcoursey House, Midleton, County Cork