Historic Irish farmhouse with secret underground tunnel goes on sale in Co. Cork
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Historic Irish farmhouse with secret underground tunnel goes on sale in Co. Cork

AN HISTORIC Irish farmhouse boasting its own secret underground tunnel has come on the market in Co. Cork.

Hollyhill House is a five bedroom property near Kinsale that overlooks the River Bandon.

At 2,465 square foot, it is on the market for offers of at least €875,000 - or around £730,000.

The house itself dates back to the 1600s and hides a secret - it contains an underground passage that leads down to the river.

According to the auctioneer Daniel Fleming, the passage is currently blocked up but it was used to sneak people to Mass at a time when it was prohibited under Penal Laws.

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The house, which is located eight kilometres from Kinsale, features an entrance hall, living room, sitting room, large kitchen/dining room, five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a storage room.

The walls and archways surrounding the house were used to protect the property against storms.

It sits on a site of four acres of land, which has been used mainly to grow grain.

According to the auctioneer, the house has had three previous landlords - Captain Goff in the mid 1800s, the Murphy family from the mid 1800s to 1960s and it is now owned by the Buckley family.

At €875,000 it is at the upper-end of the scale for properties bought in the area - according to myhome.ie's property price registrar. Just three homes sold in Kinsale this year were more expensive.

The house is in need of refurbishment. For further information contact Daniel Fleming Auctioneers Ltd on 00353 21 438 5524 or email [email protected]

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