Dromore Mill, a Victorian watermill once powered by an 8-metre diameter wheel, was built in the 19th century to grind local stone for export to the burgeoning paint industry. The mill was part converted in the 1970s with a full conversion and restoration taking place within the last 5 years.
The accommodation includes a hall, sitting room, kitchen and dining room, library, office, pantry, laundry, bootroom, six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a gallery. There is also a guest cottage with two bedrooms and garage. The mill is in a delightful riverside setting with woods, pools and waterfalls and is for sale on c 4.60 acres.
The restoration has been as sympathetic to the original building as possible with the external envelope preserved, in keeping with its Victorian façade, outside a dry-lined interior. The main focus of the internal restoration was to introduce as much light as possible while also exposing any of the remaining original structure, which had been hidden in previous restorations. Windows were restored to the original Victorian proportions using hardwood and were double-glazed whilst a central open tread staircase was installed using aged oak beams, allowing light to flow from the central roof light throughout the house, creating a sense of continuity and flow throughout.
The decor is simple allowing the building to speak for itself. There is a continuity throughout achieved with the use of natural wood, glass, stone and steel. Much of the wood used for the stairs, sills and shelving was reclaimed oak from the building itself.
The property is arranged on three floors, extending to some 400 sq metres with bedrooms mainly to the top two floors. The ground floor is open plan with a large American style family kitchen, finished in honed marble, walnut, steel and glass. This floor also has a dining room, living room, guest bedroom, bathroom and bootroom. The north-facing wall on this floor houses a pantry, laundry room and plant room.
The first floor boasts a 10x5m drawing room/library, with a cathedral ceiling and gallery overlooking the room. The room has a feature exposed 20m high chimney breast. This floor also houses an office with glass doors and a door leading to an external balcony. Three of the children’s bedrooms are interconnected through an internal ‘bunk’ balcony that runs through the three rooms.
The second floor is built into the eaves, with a large roof light bringing light and warmth throughout. There are two galleries on this floor, one overlooking the stairwell to the ground floor with the other overlooking the drawing room/library. The master bedroom is on this floor as well as a further bedroom. All bathrooms have walk in wet room style showers.
The property is located in West Cork, a region of unspoilt natural beauty warmed by the Gulf Stream Ocean current, some 12 km from the coast. The area provides wonderful amenities with a spectacular coastline and a rugged landscape contrasting with lush scenery. The historic towns of Bantry (12km) and Skibbereen (16km) are within easy reach, providing a comprehensive range of shopping, leisure and financial services together with pubs and restaurants. Cork City is 78 km away with Cork Airport being 74 km from the property.
A fully restored stone fronted guest/staff cottage is located to the rear of the mill and served by the same access. The cottage comprises of garage (with folding timber doors) and sitting room to the ground floor with kitchen/dining room (with balcony), two bedrooms, bathroom and laundry to the first floor.
The property has wooded grounds through which the River Owennashingaun (river of the ants) runs the length, with waterfalls, salmon leap and pools to swim in to the western boundary and passing the mill at a gentle even stretch. The original 8m cast iron waterwheel is still in place along with the millrace. Detailed investigations and feasibility studies have been carried out for its restoration to a working wheel that will generate up to 6kw of power supply.