Whether you drink green beer, wear green shirts, celebrate Irish pride, venerate the Christian saint, or wear black in protest of the religious colonialism and the destruction of indigenous traditions in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a part of our lives on one day of the year. And that day is today!
So… in my third and final installment of homes of the County Cork, I would like to feature a grand Irish country estate…
Welcome to East Hall, Great Island, Ardfield, of County Cork.
East Hall is a historic estate overlooking a serene inlet of Cork Harbour. It is currently for sale for €3,900,000.
The house is believed to date from the early 19th Century and is constructed of stone under a slate roof, with attractive shallow gables. The accommodation is arranged on two floors around a central atrium, which provides a most attractive feature, and the main reception rooms and bedrooms are large, light and well arranged, with spectacular views over the inlet.
Let’s have a look inside:
Have a peek at the grand parlor:
I love the way the majestic arched window cove is echoed in the moulding on the far wall (above). Perhaps it’s not moulding – perhaps it is electrical conduit or something cleverly disguised!
Check out the oval library…
(Oh how I WISH those shelves were filled with antique books!)
There is also a study:
One of the five spacious bedrooms…
East Hall features lush grounds “with spectacular views across and down East Ferry Inlet towards the sea“…
…”mature gardens with magnificent specimen trees and ornamental pond, castellated courtyard and stone folly tower, walled garden and the surround mature woodland. ”
Here’s another view of the “stone folly tower“…
The realtor is clearly banking on the picturesque yard; she mentions it ten different ways in every paragraph of the listing description:
The house stands in landscaped grounds and formal gardens that are, in turn, enclosed by paddocks and heavily wooded grounds providing complete protection and privacy. Indeed, it is remarkable to find such a peaceful and unspoiled ‘backwater’ so close to Cork City.
The history at East Hall is palpable. I would like to say that I feel some sort of ancestral connection. But alas, my scrappy Irish ancestors were much more likely to have resided in some inner city Cork cesspool.
Or, if they were country folk, perhaps some dilapidated place like this:
(It’s for sale too… but needs work)
Have a good weekend! And happy St. Paddy’s Day!