Rathealy House is a handsome period house, believed to date from c. 1730 with later additions, set in an elevated position with southerly aspects overlooking the river Blackwater. The house is full of character, retaining elements of an early eighteenth-century date, such as the steeply pitched gables, attic windows and the five-bay, two-storey with attic form. The gabled dormers, carved barge-boards and the canted bay windows are typical nineteenth-century additions. A two-story block which incorporates an annexe is located to the rear whilst a recent conservatory addition has been made to the west gable.
Requiring some renovation and updating, the property offers generous accommodation extending to 440 sq m (4,700 sq ft) plus annexe 150 sq m (1,600 sq ft) and includes two reception rooms, six bedrooms and three bathrooms together with conservatory and guest/staff annexe to the rear.
The attractive grounds afford much privacy and seclusion, set amongst 40 acres of woods and pasture of land with lovely riverside walks of over 1 km. There are many specimen trees including Cedar, Copper Beech and Holm Oak framing the house and lining the drive, which approaches the house via an impressive entrance with dressed limestone piers and copings, curving walls and double iron gates. The property also includes a stone yard with a range of traditional and modern buildings suitable for a variety of uses, subject to necessary consents.
Rathealy is located just east of the busy market town of Fermoy, centre of an extensive hinterland of lush rolling countryside, rich farmland and picturesque valleys with many streams and rivers. The town provides a comprehensive range of shopping, leisure and financial services together with pubs and restaurants and is well placed for rapid access to Cork (30 mins) and Dublin (130 mins), via M8 motorway and to Cork Airport via M8/Jack Lynch Tunnel (35 mins).
North Cork is noted for the numerous leisure activities which abound in the area. There are golf courses locally at Fermoy and Mitchelstown and championship courses within easy reach, including Cork GC and Fota Island GC (2014 Irish Open). Racing is at Mallow and there is an active point to point calendar in the winter months. Salmon and trout fishing are available to the Blackwater, Bride, Araglin and Funcheon rivers with the sandy beaches of east Cork and west Waterford less than an hour’s drive away.