Rocklodge is accessed via an unassuming electric gate entrance, from here you ascend a long driveway bordered by mature hedging and lantern lighting illuminating the way home to Rocklodge. When you reach the top of the driveway, you are greeted by a stunning Georgian period property that is as pretty as it is solid, it is strategically planted in the top left hand corner of the overall site and as a result of its positioning it is ultra-private, secure and has a commanding view of its grounds. A 360 degree gravelled driveway guides you from left to right arriving at a generous parking area, from here a welcoming glass panelled door with overhead fanlight and mature Wisteria brings you into the main hallway.
From the main hallway you can access the kitchen/breakfast room, drawing room, dining room that has hosted many a dinner party and family gatherings and family room as well as the pantry. This floor's design works very well and each room is bright, spacious and offers clear garden views. Making your way up the original central staircase you will find four large double bedrooms. The master bedroom is en suite and here you will also find two bathrooms and a private office at the rear of the property. The lower ground floor is a very practical space, this area is three steps down from the ground floor, and it offers a guest WC, games room and utility room.
Rocklodge has the added benefit of a one bedroom self-contained apartment which has independent access to the main house, this space is ideal for visiting guests or au pairs.
Stepping into the grounds is a fairy tale like experience, this is not an ordinary garden, it is steeped in significant Cork history and has many tell tales still in place. The property was once home to Mr Alan Haughton, one of Ireland's greatest sports stars who made it all the way to the Wimbledon quarter finals in the 1930's.Today, you will find a tennis court still in place as is the practice wall used by Mr Haughton, an inspiring bit of Cork history in your front garden. The grounds are also home to 2 greenhouses & a series of older outbuildings that are now used as storage rooms but offer further potential with a level of investment. The grounds are a mix of mature forestry with old trails for exploring, sunken garden, lawns with enough room for ball games, a swing and slide play area and a paved and gravelled seating area which can be easily accessed off superb 9'11" glass panelled French doors via the drawing room and dining room. The gardens are home to an array of tree and plant life to include magnificent Beech trees, Oak trees, Eucalyptus and Weeping willow trees as well as a mix of plant life including Azealia's and Rhododendrons. When in full bloom the gardens are an array of vibrant colours and fragrances, there is good soil here for growing your own vegetables.
Rocklodge is one of Cork's best period homes. It now comes to the open market in fine fettle and offers itself as a superb family home close to Cork city.
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From Cork city make your way out the Carrigrohane road taking a right turn onto the R618, passing the Anglers Rest, take your second right turn onto the R579 passing the Amber filling station on your left hand side. Continue straight passing Centurion Stone on your right hand side. Rocklodge is the second driveway entrance on your left hand side recognised by black gates and stone pillars.