DNG Murphy Condon are proud to present this once in a lifetime unique property. The Martello Tower a 3 bedroom family home with further potential, stands on approximately one acre of mature gardens. The property commands panoramic views of the Estuary and Belvelly Bridge which is an elegant stone arched piece of architecture. which links the Great Island to the mainland. Fota Island Resort and Golf course are nearby. This course is one of Ireland's premier golf courses, the Irish Open was played here in 2002
The Martello Tower was built in 1813 and is steeped in both military and colloquial history, it was built to protect the coastline from a possible French invasion. It was one of five defensive structures built in Cork Harbour. This Martello Tower has lasted a long and solid and lifetime since its establishment however the interior of the Tower did sustain some damage in the 1920s during the Civil War when an explosive device was detonated, causing damage to its interior walls, flooring and a section of its domed roof however left the solid exterior was untouched.
Today you will not see hide nor hair of the civil war attack , you will be amazed by the restoration work carried out, while retaining many of the original structure features. They skillfully designed and added their own touch to make this a stunning, unique, and secure functional family home.
The property stands on an acre of garden and trees. The tower itself is 1500 sq. ft. renovated to a new glory with a living quarters, master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, main bathroom, one Double and single bedroom. The top is an open roof terrace that has potential for further use with the addition of a Glass dome roof subject to planning
The roof is an open plan accessible by stairway, only renovated structurally the roof gives a step back in time to its military and colloquial history. Out on the roof you can glance out onto the stunning scenery of Fota island with a 360 view of the region and Belvelly Castle, just a few hundred meters away The Pivot of what used to hold a cannon still remains on the roof, the entire platform can be further renovated subject to planning permission and an architectural flair.
We are inviting offers in excess of €800,000 for this unique property, which has a previous price tag of €1,500,000 a few years ago. https://www.castles.nl/belvelly-martello
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The Garden is a haven of calm and tranquility populated by mature trees and studded with hundreds of shrubs, including Azaleas Rhododendrons, Camellias and a 200 year old Olive tree, 2 varieties of Chestnuts, and a walnut tree to mention but a few.
Stone wall exterior and electronic gates
Easy access to all routes, Cork-Waterford road, Jack Lynch Tunnel, Dublin Road, Cork Airport
Take the exit for Cobh off the main Cork/ Waterford road, follow the directions towards Cobh, go over the Bridge, keep left, that the next right and the gates to this property are just a short distance away.
Strictly by appointment with the sole selling agent.
Access is via a flight of curved stairs which hug the cylindrical walls to the first floor, door open out leading you to a brick lined hallway which leads you to the open plan room on the first floor
Future extension -
Planning would be required but has previously been favorably discussed - creating a linked unit to the Tower from the landing area on the first floor (gate in place)
open plan living dining kitchen -
This circular room has been carefully defined into areas for cooking, dining and relaxing. The acoustics in this roof are truly amazing, sit back listening to your favorite CD and be transported the baroque opera in some old European Capital Imaginative lighting adds to the atmosphere of this room, highlighting the beautiful brickwork of the impressive dome structure. Beautiful red brick dome ceiling which is 14' high.
At the far side of this cylindrical room, stairs lead down to the ground floor, stone hallway, and stone stairs at the far end which takes you back to the first floor, and rooftop
Master Bedroom -
Semi-circular spacious room and en-suite. Bathroom is fully tiled.
Bedroom two -
Semi-circular double room, with some attractive exposed brick
Bedroom 3 -
Single room, with door to boiler, washing machine and dryer.
Spacious bathroom suite, fully tiled.
The roof dates back to 1813, upon arrival you once again step back in time to both military and colloquial history. From here you will fully appreciate the impressive width of the external walls, step up onto the observation platform, and you will enjoy the scenic views for miles around. The pivot from the original cannon is still in place and serves as a reminder of the past history with the military. This space has immense potential subject to plannings.