Ballea Castle , Carrigaline, Cork, P43CW05Sold EXEMPT

14 Bed Period House 640 m² / 6889 ft²

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Ballea Castle, former home of the McCarthy’s of Blarney and Ballea, dates from the 13th century. It sits on c. 50 acres along the Owenabue River and is the oldest occupied castle in Ireland. In the 20th century the towers were extended to make an L-shaped structure. It is a listed building.
Outside, a series of ancient stone outbuildings comprising stables and tack rooms wrap around the courtyard. The beautifully mature walled gardens are magnificently planted and maintained in keeping with this residence.
As a family home, Ballea Castle has always been maintained. It offers a great opportunity for further restoration and development as a home and/or a commercial venture.
The main family accommodation has 7 en-suite bedrooms, including the Ambassador suite. The ground floor includes 2 large entrance halls, very large sitting room adjacent to the banqueting hall, breakfast room, kitchen, utility and conservatory.
The wing consists of staff accommodation including a kitchen, 4 bedrooms & shower rooms. Across the courtyard is a farmhouse, known as ‘The Stable Mews’ with 2 bedrooms, study, lounge, kitchen, 2 bathrooms and a large hallway with spiral staircase.
The lodge at the back entrance has 3 bedrooms, kitchen, lounge and bathroom.
The stable yard and haggart comprise of a large barn adjoining five stables, tack room, blacksmiths shed, workshop, Dutch barn and numerous ancient stone cottages.
This unique Castle is situated in a prime location, just 8km from Cork Airport, 10km from the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, 20km to Kinsale & 13km south of Cork city centre.
NOTE: There was previous planning permission (ref 81/2185) granted for an equestrian centre/recreational facility of 28 individual units (29,550 sq. ft) and a further 21 stables (4,224 sq. ft).
Viewing, which is by appointment only, can be arranged by contacting Michael Pigott Auctioneer & Valuer on 021-4373300 or 087-1428900.


c. 50 acres of farmland, woodland & walled in gardens
Oil Fired Central Heating
Outdoor swimming pool
South facing summerhouse with large patio and barbeque area
River frontage with fishing access on banks of the river between both entrances
Water garden with terraces, steps and waterfalls leading down to the river
Front & Rear entrance driveways
Courtyard with five stables, barn and staff accommodation


Oil Fired Central Heating with a Dual Boiler
Private bored well water supply
Septic tank on site
Mains ESB & telephone

BER Details

BER: Exempt


From Cork continue towards Carrigaline via the Shannonpark roundabout. Continue straight through two small roundabouts. Before the village, on the third roundabout, take the third exit (west) at the Carrigaline Court Hotel. Continue on the Ballea Road for approximately 1 mile past the Carrigaline Soccer Club and mini roundabout. Then take your 2nd left over the bridge of the Owenabue River (Road marked L6485) and take the first entrance on your left hand side, indicated by our ‘For Sale’ sign.

Room Details

CASTLE - m x m

Family Entrance hall to main castle - 6.16m x 4.92m
Arched door with Yett, parquet floor, arched entrance, built in bookcase with underneath storage, open fireplace with marble surround, timber panelling surrounding window, staircase door to underneath wine cellar.

Breakfast Room - 6.35m x 6.02m
Large, very bright room with four picture windows facing south, east & west with magnificent views to gardens, original timber beams, trap door and stone steps to dungeon.

WC & Cloak Room - 4.5m x 1.01m
WC, whb, centre lights.

Kitchen - 6.93m x 4.03m
Large Inglenook fireplace, stone walls and feature window overlooking the valley & Owenabue River, original timber beam.

Conservatory - 8.04m x 8.39m
High vaulted glazed ceiling, feature window overlooking the valley & Owenabue River.

Utility Room - 4.93m x 3.35m
Plumbed for washing machine and dryer, wired for recessed lighting, access to rear incorporating boiler room.

Banqueting Hall - 10.2m x 4.53m
Terracotta tile floor, minstrel gallery, with door leading to rooftop, double height beamed ceiling with stone corbels, huge floor to ceiling feature fireplace with spit, two barbeques and log storage underneath, two sets of glazed doors to long room, door leading to kitchen and conservatory.

Long Room/Formal Sitting Room - 14.41m x 5.05m
Solid oak floor, two pairs of double French doors leading to banqueting hall, two ornately carved wood open fireplaces, four pairs of double French doors to garden, wood feature panelling from the Queen’s Old Castle, door leading to Baronial Hall.

Baronial Hall - 8.15m x 4.06m
Tall solid oak double entrance doors with large circular window depicting the white horse of Ballea, marble tile floor, double height ceiling, Liscannor stone staircase with cast iron balustrade leading to gallery with door to rooftop, wooden panelling from Queen’s Old Castle, porthole and arched windows and an arched wooden door to the family chapel.

Family Chapel - 6.0m x 3.2m
Marble tile floor, original vaulted ceiling, two arch windows with heraldic symbol images of the white horse, archway to the vestry.

Vestry - 4.89m x 3.65m
Marble tile floor, three arch windows, stone wall feature, stairs and door leading to wing.

Office - 4.51m x 3.64m
Solid wooden floor, two windows, medieval panel designed ceiling.

Turretted Rooftop - m x m
Rooftop area with steps leading to different levels, stunning countrywide views over manicured gardens and surrounding valley, forest and land.



Lounge - 6.82m x 5.0m
Reclaimed mahogany floor, open fireplace with marble surround, two west facing windows overlooking walled gardens.

Bedroom - 6.89m x 5.06m
Reclaimed mahogany floor, two windows overlooking gardens.

En Suite - 3.16m x 1.92m
Reclaimed mahogany floor, bath unit, wc, whb, window to rooftop.

Landing area to three bedrooms and large linen storage press.

Master Bedroom - 5.12m x 6.33m
Carpet floor, three large floor to ceiling bay windows facing south, east & west with stone surround, terrific views over manicured gardens, valley and countryside, high ceilings, decorative coving.

En Suite - 2.88m x 3.82m
Fully tiled wall and floor, freestanding bath unit, wc, whb, freestanding circular power shower unit with enclosure, high ceiling, recessed lighting, 7 ft high window.

Bedroom Two - 6.16m x 3.74m
Carpet floor, built in wardrobe, two 7 ft. high windows with timber panel surround, high ceiling with decorative cornicing.

En Suite - m x m
Fully tiled wall and floor, power shower unit with enclosure, wc, whb.

Bedroom Three - 5.27m x 3.7m
Original pine wooden floor, high ceiling, bay window with stone surround, stone walls throughout, access to Ambassador Suite via stone steps.

En Suite - 2.01m x 1.58m
Fully tiled wall and floor, wc, whb, power shower unit.

Landing area Carpet floor, high ceiling, wall panelling, centre lights, decorative cornicing.

Bedroom Four - 6.62m x 5.12m
Original solid wooden floor, high ceiling with exposed stone walls with large open inglenook fireplace with limestone surround, large bay windows.

En Suite - 4.96m x 2.34m
Fully tiled floor and wall, bath unit with shower and enclosure, wc, whb, bay window, built in wardrobe.

Bedroom Five - 4.48m x 4.15m
Carpet floor, high ceiling, bay window, built in wardrobe.

Walk in Wardrobe - 1.85m x 1.15m
Carpet floor, built in shelving.

En Suite - 2.88m x 2.49m
Carpet floor, power shower unit with chrome enclosure, wc, whb with overhead wall shaver light, large bay window overlooking woodland

Bedroom Six - 5.47m x 3.66m
Carpet floor, high ceiling, bay window overlooking manicured gardens.

En Suite - m x m
Carpet floor, shower unit, wc, whb.

THIRD FLOOR - 13.71m x 12.49m
Previous staff accommodation currently used as attic storage and games room. Large open L-shaped area, exposed timber rafters with numerous windows allowing natural light.



Entrance Hall - 5.0m x 2.45m
Timber floor, double stained glass entrance doors, door to garden, cast iron spiral staircase with access to mezzanine attic and first floor.

Kitchen/Dining - 5.17m x 5.33m
Fitted kitchen units, timber floor, door to garden.

Bathroom - 2.32m x 1.64m
Timber floor, bath unit with overhead electric shower, wc, whb, hot water cylinder.


Lounge - 5.04m x 4.77m
Carpet floor, raised solid pine floor, large south facing window overlooking manicured walled gardens, two rear windows.

Shower Room - 1.96m x 1.48m
Vinyl floor, shower unit with tile surround, wc, whb.

Bedroom One - 3.86m x 3.32m
Carpet floor, window overlooking garden.

Bedroom Two - 3.39m x 2.76m
Carpet floor, window overlooking garden.

Study - 2.27m x 3.54m
Carpet floor, trapped door to attic, 2 windows overlooking stable yard.


Stable One - 5.6m x 2.79m
Horse trough, concrete floor, timber cladded ceiling, timber half doors.

Stable Two - 5.86m x 2.64m
Horse trough, concrete floor, timber cladded ceiling, timber half doors.

Stable Three/Four - 5.01m x 4.9m
Half stable doors entrance to tack area, two original loose boxes with wooden half doors and railings, two horse troughs, concrete floor, timber cladded ceiling.

Stable Five - 3.65m x 3.84m
Concrete floor, centre light, timber cladded ceiling, steel half door

Tack Room - 3.9m x 1.88m
Saddle & rug racking, concrete floor.

Barn - 12.58m x 5.78m
High vaulted ceiling with timber beams, florescent lights, door to rear garden, large hardwood double doors to courtyard, original narrow loop stone windows.

Blacksmith's Sheds and Workshops - 7.4m x 2.54m
Stone built outhouses with galvanised roof. Workshop measurements 4.42m x 3.93m

- m x m
To the rear of the main barn is the Haggart surrounded by ancient stone cottages and a beautiful west facing aspect. There is also a Dutch barn used for storage of firewood & hay.

This consists of 82.4 sq metres (886 sq ft) and comprises of four bedrooms with shower units and a kitchen area all with double French doors to the courtyard and features marble flooring throughout with the McCarthy Crest.

THE LODGE - m x m
The Lodge has its own central heating system, septic tank and private garden.

Entrance Hallway - 4.44m x 1.3m
Ceramic tile floor, centre light.

Kitchen/Dining - 4.26m x 2.91m
Ceramic tile floor, fitted kitchen units, centre light, door to rear garden.

Bathroom - 2.11m x 1.69m
Tile floor, bath unit with overhead electric shower, wc, whb, PVC panelling, centre light.

Living Room - 4.35m x 3.6m
Ceramic tile floor, open fireplace with tile surround, tv point, centre light.

Bedroom One - 4.79m x 3.03m
Ceramic tile floor, centre light.

Bedroom Two - 3.42m x 2.7m
Ceramic tile/carpet floor, centre light.

Bedroom Three - 2.88m x 2.43m
Ceramic tile floor, centre light.