Stoneview House is believed to be the former steward’s house to the Blarney Castle estate and to date from the 1830s. Set on a lovely wooded site of c 4.65 acres, the house retains many of its original period features whilst undergoing a sympathetic but comprehensive renovation in 1989. The original steward is said to have looked after the tree planting on the castle estate, enabling him to bring back a pair of every variety which he planted on the estate, to plant one at Stoneview. The house is listed in Guy’s directory as being occupied by Robert Fitzgerald Townsend, JP, in 1891.
The property is constructed of rendered stone under slate and approached by a fine lime avenue leading to a gravel forecourt with a delightful whitewashed stone courtyard immediately to the rear. Arranged on two floors the house extends to some 207 sq metres (2,230 sq ft) with two reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room together with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The house is clad in Boston Ivy to the front and retains its period feel with original sash windows with rolled glass and shutters together with pine floors, doors and staircase with high 3.0 m ceilings to the principal rooms. Indicative of the cross-over period of architectural styles, there are large Georgian windows to the rear.
Directly to the rear is a whitewashed stone courtyard with a range of traditional outbuildings comprising of a laundry, workshop, coach house and stables together with a further separate storage shed. The yard is suitable for a variety of uses and could be converted to provide further accommodation or business space, subject to necessary planning consents.
Situated well off the public road the property is ringed by mature trees planted over many years, providing much privacy and seclusion. The grounds include many fine trees together with a large lawned area with a grass tennis court. There are 4 railed paddocks complete with water supply and optional electric fencing. The grounds contain a fulacht fiadh which is located close to the entrance gates.
The area is known for it’s outstanding natural beauty and it’s rich valleys of undulating farmland. There is an abundance of leisure and sporting amenity close by – the area provides fishing to the Rivers Lee and Blackwater, whilst golf is well catered for with courses at Muskerry, Blarney and Lee Valley with Fota and Cork clubs within easy reach. Hunting is with the Muskerry Foxhounds, and racing is at Mallow with an active regional point-to-point calendar over the winter months.
The peaceful rural location is 3km from Blarney and within easy reach of Cork city and Airport with rapid access via the N20 dual carriageway. Cork International Airport can be reached in around 25 minutes’ drive time. There is a mainline rail service to Dublin from Cork and Mallow, both around 20 minutes away.