When it comes to surprise property sales of 2020 Glengarriff Castle will be up there. The half built shell of a castle in west Cork was brought to market in June, – towards the end of Lockdown One – seeking €2.75million. It seemed an unlikely prospect in a difficult property year for a roofless and windowless Gothic pile whose heyday was in the 1790s. Well how wrong could the naysayers be? Turns out there was a near unseemly clamour for the waterside property with it going sale agreed close to its asking price within just four weeks of launch to the market.
Sherry FitzGerald selling agent Roseanne de Vere Hunt declined to comment on the details of the sale but it’s understood contracts have now been signed. Overlooking Glengarriff Bay the 1,147sq m (12,342sq ft) property on 87 acres enjoys one of Ireland’s most idyllic settings and this is what de Vere Hunt says was its major appeal.
“In terms of a romantic view of Ireland this captured everyone’s imagination. I really thought I’d have this on the books for five years but buyers from the US, UK and Ireland were queuing up immediately. In fact I am still getting enquiries about it or whether we have anything similar.” Though De Vere Hunt would not say where the eventual buyer is from she confirmed that they plan to complete the castle’s refurbishment for residential use. The completion of such a project is likely to require a similar investment in addition to the purchase price.