- Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
- Overall Floor Area: 423 m²
The name Knocknaseed comes from the Irish, meaning either the hill of fairy mansions, or the hill of arrows. Whichever is the true origin, the history of the lands date back to the time of the great McCarthy Mor. The house itself was built later, in the Georgian era, as a hunting lodge for the Lords Kenmare.
It must have been a favourite spot, with its lush pastures, rolling landscape, woodlands and river frontage being enjoyed over generations. Today, the original footprint of that classic Georgian "box" has been fully restored, substantially rebuilt, and extended to include two sunny wings, and a bedroom suite to the rear.
Original features have been restored and replaced, including a set of imposing stone gate piers, from the Mount Falcon estate. Modern comforts have also been lavishly added, to the extent that the today's Knocknaseed House has a BER of A3.
Inside the house therefore you have the best of both worlds, with underfloor heating throughout, plus cosy solid wood stoves, such as that set in the classical fireplace in the drawing room.
Equally, as the house is mainly laid out over a single floor, it is hugely accessible, although one stunning feature is the signature staircase that leads to a wrap around upper gallery. This offers a wealth of options, including a library, study space or home gym.
In the 1800's, a toll bridge was located on the property, for local people that needed to cross the river Blackwater with their livestock on fair day, to get to Knocknagree village, which at the time, was a very popular day, with 13 public houses.
The original Georgian hunting box at Knocknaseed has been upgraded and added to, to create a bright and welcoming home that retains its Georgian grace. The entrance hall is flanked by a very elegant drawing room to one side, and a charming country-style kitchen to the other. These in turn lead to a dining room in the wing to the right, which has French windows to the gardens, and a sunroom to the left. The kitchen also has a large utility room off.
The inner hall leads to a study, and to the bedroom wing of the house. While three of the five bedrooms are in the original part of the house, two, including the very large and well-appointed master suite are in the newer. Three of the bedrooms, including the master are en-suite - the master also having a spacious dressing room, while bedrooms three and four share a jack and jill bathroom.
While all the bedrooms are on the ground floor, giving exceptional accessibility, there is also a show stopping staircase leading to a wraparound gallery with a drop-down den area.
The entire house has been exceptionally well maintained, and is a very charming mixture of old and new - such as the freestanding roll-top bathtubs, adjacent to state-of-the-art walk-in showers in the bathrooms.
Balancing comfort with period style, the house is also ideal for entertaining. A family home or a holiday home, a country retreat or year-round base, Knocknaseed has all the ingredients for good living, for generations to come.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The lush and fertile grounds at Knocknaseed are also replete with archaeological treasures, including a Mass rock that possibly dates back earlier, to Celtic times, and an old bog road.
Stone gate posts, reclaimed from Mount Falcon welcome you to the c.11ha(28 acres) of grounds, which include half a mile of river frontage on the Blackwater. There are grassy fenced paddocks for grazing, ideal for horses. Additionally, ten acres are wooded with additional tax-free income still due.
The house is sheltered by mature trees and the gardens enjoy ornamental gazebos provide a focal point on the lawns. The orchard has an abundance of plum, apple and pear trees.
A farmyard lies above the house, with separate vehicular access and additionally accessed via a picturesque stone arch from the house with c.530sq.m(5,704sq.ft) of outbuildings. Here there are numerous barns, large vehicle bays and a turnout area. There are also three stone cottages, with strong potential for upgrading. One of these has a very charming patio and bbq area, providing clear possibilities for holiday rentals.
A purpose built dog kennels and run is also found in the yard.
Just above the Kerry / Cork border, Knocknaseed House sits on the banks of the famed River Blackwater. A short drive, or pleasant walk from the village of Gneevgullia, and the small town of Rathmore, you are also less than half an hour from Killarney, with its wealth of leisure, cultural and scenic attractions.
The immediately surrounding area is also known as Sliabh Luachra, which gives its name to a rich vein of Irish traditional music, often to be found in the local pubs. There are national schools at Knocknagree, Gneevgullia, Rathmore, and Rathmore is also on the main railway line linking to Cork, Dublin and Tralee via Killarney. Rathmore has a co-ed secondary school and a lovely farmers market on Saturdays, as well as a choice of shops and cafés.
The surrounding landscape is justly famous for its beauty, attracting visitors from all over the world. You have your own private fishing, but you'll also find golf, hill walking, horse riding, GAA and more, right on your doorstep.
- 3 km to Knocknagree
- 3 km to Gneevgullia
- 3 km to Rathmore
- 23 km / 24 minutes drive to Killarney
- 27 km / 30 minutes' drive to Kerry Airport at Farranfore
- 40 km / 38 minutes to Tralee
- 63 km / 1hr 10 minutes drive to Cork
- 116 km / 1hr 40 minutes to Shannon Airport
- 284 km / 3.5 hours to Dublin
All distances and times are approximate.
- Air to water heating system
- Heat recovery system throughout house
- Wastewater is a Biocycle unit
- Well water
- Eir broadband - download speed at 16.87 Mbps
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