Lee Valley Luxury Manor House & Apartment, North County Cork, Ireland

Large, historic Irish manor home, gracious, comfortable, full of luxury and sweet details, can be self-catering or serviced, very close to Cork city, a perfect golf retreat with 10 courses within 20 minutes drive.

Bedrooms: 4 – 7
Bathrooms: 4 – 6 + guest powder room
Accommodates: 10 – 18
Weekly Rates: € 2400 / € 2800 / € 3200 (up to €4000)
Heat & Electricity: Additional, charged at cost by meter reading
Security Deposit: € 700 due on arrival


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Amenities Include:

Billiard & Game Room, 12 acres of lush landscaped grounds
Broadband internet, WiFi, Satellite TV, DVD Player & CD Player
Informal eat-in kitchen and separate formal dining room
Large Refrigerator, Microwave, Dishwasher, Washer & Large Tumble Dryer
Some cleaning included, additional service & gourmet cooking available

House Description:

The Lee Valley manor home is welcoming, historic and architecturally unique. It has been lovingly and beautifully restored, with the owners taking great care to retain the original details and period charm. Set on twelve lush acres only 10-12 minutes from Cork, it is an Irish gem full of spacious rooms, comfortable, plush and inviting furnishings and landscape portrait-worthy grounds and gardens.

Full of playful and studious details throughout, the house boasts four large primary ensuite bedrooms, sleeping up to 10 guests, with an additional 3 bedrooms in the ground floor apartments able to be booked for up to an additional 8 guests (see below for details).

This home is gorgeous, gracious and terrifically comfortable. It books up quickly, especially for the high season, with families, groups of friends or relatives, and sportsmen looking for the perfect golf retreat. It is a treat and a joy in a great location for touring the many sites and beauties of County Cork and County Kerry.

Entry & Layout

Enter the home through large, ornate double wooden doors into a wide hall lined with antique furniture and a beautiful oriental rug atop shining hardwood floors. The main sitting room is situated to the right of the entry hall, and the billiards room to the left.

Straight ahead down the long hallway is a large staircase, original to this 18th Century home, crowned by two lovely stained glass windows. To the right of the staircase is a shorter hallway leading to the eat-in kitchen and large formal dining room.

Living Area – Drawing and Billiard Rooms

Rooms in this unique manor house are large and lovely. Tall ceilings, huge windows and tons of light frame each generous space, highlighting the plush, comfortable and unassuming furniture, artwork and thoughtful details that fill every room.

The double sitting room features two sofas, matching easy chair, two wingback armchairs and several occasional chairs, as well as a grand piano, gorgeous antique writing desk and large marble fireplace. There is lovely artwork and an antique tapestry adorning the walls.

Across the hall, the Billiards Room is lined with windows on two sides and offers a full sized Billiards table along with other games and activities. There is plenty of comfortable seating. Art and safari-themed items decorate the walls. This large and inviting space tends to be a place where travelers gather together after a day out on the course or off touring the countryside, to play friendly games of pool and chat about the adventures of the day over a glass of Port.

Dining Room & Kitchen

The large formal dining room sits at the back of the house on the right. A long mahogany table seats 12 comfortably. A sideboard is a perfect buffet or serving table for self-catered or chef-prepared meals. The room showcases a beautiful fireplace, large windows and lots of light, just as in the rest of the house. The owners’ awe-inspiring photographs and lovely painting adorn the walls. Double french doors lead out to the stone patio and gardens.

The informal eat-in country kitchen sits between the main hallway and the dining room, to the right of the large staircase. With plenty of counter space and a small dining table seating 4 – 6, this is a perfect breakfast spot for the early riser, or gathering place for group meal prep or wine and cheese after a day at the course. The facilities are well-equipped with stove, oven, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and various labor-saving devices. A door leads to a utility patio with full sized American-style washer and large tumble dryer.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Four bedrooms, each of them with enormous ensuite bathrooms, are located upstairs. They are all gorgeous: large, comfortable, light-filled, terrific.

The bathrooms, once former bedrooms, are all ludicrously large and generously appointed.

Bedroom 1: Large King bedroom with sleigh bed, couch, armchair, fireplace, armoire and large wall of windows. Ensuite bathroom – bigger than our first apartment, by the way – has a large claw-foot tub in the center of the room and a separate shower stall.

Bedroom 2: King size double bed with an additional single trundle (so the room can accommodate up to 4 if needed – perfect for a small family unit with children or within a larger group). The room has a decorative fireplace, two easychairs and a lovely vanity table with mirror. The oversized ensuite bathroom offers a tub and separate shower stall.

Bedroom 3: King size double bed and single bed in this spacious room, with dressing table, armoire, easychair and interesting older paintings and photos. The ensuite bathroom has a tub with a separate shower stall.

Bedroom 4: King size antique four-poster bed with vanity table & mirror, easychair, armoire and the same incredible light-bringing windows as enjoyed by all the bedrooms. The very large ensuite bathroom has a tub with shower-over-tub.

Additional Bedrooms 5, 6 & 7: Available for rent in the attached Garden Apartment, accessible via separate entrance at the ground floor level. Includes 2 more bathrooms and a kitchenette. Inquire for details.

Grounds

This luxury holiday home sits on 12 acres, surrounded by lawns, rhododendron gardens and woodlands. It is very private, lacking close neighbors, and featuring park-like trails to explore. The manor grounds are beautifully kept and inviting for walks, for relaxation, for playing in the grass, or simply wandering the woods. The ever-thoughtful owners (who live in a separate area on site, and will be glad to be as available or invisible as you require) have stocked the place with outdoor games, including croquet, badminton and boules.

Garden Apartment Rooms (Additional Rental):

A recent addition to the house, the ground floor garden apartments offer a two-bedroom, 1 bathroom suite with kitchenette and a large 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom suite with an additional fold-out couch and television set. All together the house accommodates up to 18 people and rents for €3900 weekly in the high season. PLEASE ENQUIRE ABOUT RATES AND FULL DETAILS FOR THE ADDITIONAL GARDEN APARTMENT ROOMS.

Location:

This vacation rental is in terrific position for touring County Cork and County Kerry, with some of the best scenery in Ireland.  The house is positioned overlooking Kilcrea Abbey and Castle in the near distance, close to national forest land, including a swimming lake and a deer park. There are several 18-hole golf courses within half hours drive of the house. The gorgeous beaches of Cork are close, with boating, fishing and watersports to enjoy.

Cork City: 10 miles, 12+ minutes
Kinsale: 21 miles, about 30 minutes
Killarney:
42 miles, about 50 minutes.
Shannon airport
: 80 miles, approximately 2 hours
Dublin: 169 miles, just about 2 and 3/4 hours

Lee Valley Manor Rental Details:

This spacious manor home rents Saturday to Saturday in the high season, with shorter breaks available in the shoulder and off-seasons. 

Weekly Rates – Manor House, up to 10 guests
Low Season, October 31 to April 1, not including holidays:   € 2400
Mid Season, April to June, & September to October: € 2800
High Season, July, August & Christmas & NY:  € 3200

Weekly Rates – Manor House with Apartment (up to 18 guests)
Low Season, October 31 to April 1, not including holidays:   € 3200
Mid Season, April to June, & September to October: € 3600
High Season, July, August & Christmas & NY:  € 4000

Half-Weekly Rates (3-day weekends, 4-day weekdays) – Manor House
Low Season, October 31 to April 1, not including holidays:   € 1200
Mid Season, April to June, & September to October: € 1500

Half-Weekly Rates (3-day, 4-day etc) – Manor House & Apartment
Low Season, October 31 to April 1, not including holidays:   € 1680
Mid Season, April to June, & September to October: € 1980

Heat & Electricity
Extra, charged at cost by meter reading.

Included
3 hours of cleaning, twice a week. Additional cleaning available for €15 per hour.

Additional Services
Catered meals and full service are available for hire with advanced notice.

Security Deposit
A refundable security deposit of € 700 is due in cash, by credit card or traveler cheque on arrival and returned less charges or damage at departure.


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Check-In/Check-Out:

Check-in time is after 4pm.
Check-out time is before 10:00am.

Security Deposit:

The property requires a refundable security/damage deposit of €700 payable by credit card or Travelers Cheque on arrival and refunded, less cost of heat and electricity or any damages, if applicable, at departure.

Accessibility Notice:

This unique manor house rental is suitable for travelers who can manage stairs, as the primary bedrooms are up a long flight of stairs. The garden suite and apartment are on the ground floor and may be better suited for visitors with limited mobility, however they are accessed by a separate entrance from the main house and possibly less convenient for the less mobile guest.

Activities:

Between the views, the archaeological sites, and the heritage centers, there is no shortage of things to do and see in this part of the country.

EXPLORE THE CITY
The city of Cork was the European Capital of Culture in 2005. It is a vibrant, charming and historic city with excellent restaurants and great shopping.

SCENIC DRIVES & WALKS
There are several fantastic self-drive and walking tours in the area. The owners have plenty of material about these for guests to peruse and enjoy.

NATURE & THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Farran Wood- includes acres of national forest land, reservoir, swimming, and miles of walking or jogging paths. Lake swimming available here, as well. It is less than 2 miles from the house.

EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITIES
Blarney Riding Center – 20 minutes
Kinsale Equestrian Center – 35 minutes
Ballinadee Stables, Bandon – 35 minutes

HERITAGE & HISTORY
This part of Cork is rich with archaeological sites, including castles, stone circles and standing stones. The owners have many books on these topics in the house library. 
Kilcrea Abbey & Castle ruins –
Built in the 15th century by Cormac MacCarthy, king of Munster (also built Blarney castle, of “kissing the blarney stone” fame). They are quite well preserved and have an interesting history, located about a mile and a half from the house.

SHOPPING
Kinsale, Cork City, Kenmare & Killarney are all wonderful for shoppers, full of unique specialty shops, clothiers, antique stores and charming local wares.

GOLF
A golfer’s paradise, there are TEN 18-hole courses within 20+ minutes of the house:
Lee Valley Golf  & Country Club – 3 miles
Muskery Golf Club – 8 miles
Macroom Golf Club – 12 miles
Fota Island Golf Club – 14 miles
Cork Golf Club – 14 miles
Bandon Golf Club - 15 miles
Cobh Golf Club – 18 miles
Monkstown Golf Club – 20 miles
Kinsale Golf Club – 25 miles
The Old Head of Kinsale Golf  Links – 25 miles

FISHING, BOATING & WATERSPORTS
Fishing – Inniscarra reservoir (25 miles of fishable shoreline), Inniscarra salmon fishery, River Bandon & Sea fishing.
Beaches – Rosscarberry, 50 minutes & Coolmain, 40 minutes.
Two favorites.
Whale watching – Year round expeditions, except between March and May. 
Scuba diving, waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking – Cork Powerboat and Waterski Club. Kinsale Outdoor Education Center. Sea Fishing, as low as 60 Euros for the day, including equipment rental.

There is no shortage of opportunities for fun in the Irish summer sun, and exciting outdoor activities through every season. We can send you loads of information about planning your outdoor adventures while in Cork.

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