Exclusive Irish castle with breathtaking views of Ballyhoura mountains.
Built with Red Sandstone in the Scottish Baronial style, Castle Oliver is a comfortable residence and an elaborate party venue which would impress any discerning guests.
This substantial property enjoys a rural setting while still offering great accessibility to motorways and airports.
One enters the castle through a heavy oak door into the impressive Clondfoy hall complete with enormous fireplace and restored stained glass window depicting St Patricks life.
Leading to the grand oak staircase and up to the first floor return with the most outstanding 16ft tall stained glassed window featuring heraldic symbols.
The ground floor of the castle contains a beautiful wood paneled library with ornately carved mahogany book cases and chimney piece.
The impressive billiard room boasts original cornice and a Gothic Victorian oak fireplace. The drawing room has original hand painted ceiling and stunning marble fireplace which lead to the magnificent ballroom boasting another elaborate hand painted ceiling and an antique marble fireplace.
An atmospheric Gothic dining room features intricate stenciled walls and heraldic corbels.
Double French doors lead from the Glenosheen hallway to the gardens. Throughout the castle there is an abundance of period features including, wooden floors and decorative cornicing.
All ground floor reception rooms have 18ft high ceilings and contain large picture windows which flood the castle with natural light from every angle with stunning views to the gardens and surrounding mountainous landscape.
Also located on the ground floor is the kitchen, pantry, servants dinning hall, laundry and various stores. The courtyard, which is accessed from the ground floor, contains a number of coach houses, stables and stores.
The first floor and upper mezzanine contains twelve bedrooms all with their own luxurious bathrooms with power showers and double slipper bathtubs. The main bedroom suite boasts 14ft high ceilings and together with its ensuite is approx 800sq ft. On the second floor there are a further nine rooms in need of refurbishment. From the west wing second floor one can enter on to the roof of the castle and survey the surrounding lands.
The castle has the added distinction of hosting Ireland’s largest private wine cellar which is in fantastic original condition and has a capacity to hold 55,000 bottles. It is accessed via the original stone spiral staircase that connects to all floors and continues all the way to the bell tower.
All Furnishings Included in the Sale (Inventory Provided).
Gardens The manicured gardens have been meticulously upgraded and maintained and include an impressive four terraced lawn garden flanked by many impressive specimen oak, lime and beech trees, a lake with ornamental fish and small viewing bridge, woodland nature trails, a sunken orchard garden with fountain, and a fabulous folly with an out-door hot-tub. The grounds are very private offering breathtaking views of the ballyhoura mountains and forests across the valley.
AMENITIES Castle Oliver nestles between two beautiful unspoilt country villages of Ardpatrick and Ballyorgan both with pubs that provide a great social scene. The thriving town of Mallow is a twenty minute drive. Cork and Limerick cities are just under an hours drive away. Shannon international airport is approx one hours drive. Dublin city and airport are just two hours away travelling by the M8 motorway.
Shopping Cork and Limerick cities are located within an hours drive. The historic river town of Mallow and has abundance of shops, cafes, bars. The country towns of kilfinane and Mitchelstown will provide for all day to day needs.
Hunting There is an abundance of choice of hunts within boxing distance including the limericks and Scarteen (Black and Tans),
Shooting There are a number of private and syndicate shoots in Limerick and Cork.
Fishing Fishing can be arranged on the River Backwater, one of the best salmon rivers in Ireland. There is also fantastic sea fishing in cork harbour or from one of the picturesque harbours of west Cork.
Racing Racing is held locally at Cork (Mallow) and Limerick racecourses. Irelands most well known racecourse are also all within easy reach with the Curragh and Punchestown less than two hours drive away.
Golf There are a number of golf courses situated close by, including Charleville and Mitchelstown, and the famous championship at Adare Manor.
Schools There is an excellent selection of both primary and second level.
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