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Take a ramble down Lover's Walk and peek into this Cork mansion

It’s in one of the oldest parts of Cork city.
May 28th 2015, 5:10 PM 7,030 1

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LOVER’S WALK IN Cork’s leafy Montenotte is high above the city, with beautiful views and impeccably gorgeous big houses.

If you thought the name was romantic though, prepare for a bit of disappointment – the Irish name, Siúl Na Lobhar, translates into ‘leper’s walk’.

But some like to think it refers to Sara Curran and Robert Emmet, who would often stay at Woodhill House and wander along the road holding hands.

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The current Woodhill House is on the market for €2.4m and though the current building was built 20 years ago, but the original Woodhill House was built in the 1700s by the wealthy merchant Cooper Penrose (who was High Sheriff of Cork at one point).

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Penrose had a vast estate, and today you still have the hills sloping downwards towards the city.

The original house fell into decline and was demolished in the mid-1990s, but the new building takes its inspiration from the early Georgian era, sitting almost exactly where the first home was.

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This family home has three acres of grounds to explore, with mature gardens.

The grounds are split into different uses, with a manicured lawn, a formal garden with patio, and specimen trees, shrubs and perennials.

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It feels so private in this home that you’d be fooled into thinking you’re out in the country, when Woodhill House is actually just five minutes’ walk from the city.

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Inside, it’s all rather grand. There are five bedrooms, a bespoke solid wood mahogany staircase, wardrobes and kitchen tables made by master craftesmen, feature fireplaces and teak double-glazed sash windows.

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The kitchen is modern and bright, with plenty of storage space and another feature fireplace.

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There’s lots of space to relax, and spend time together as a family

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As you can see, the grandness only gets better in the bathroom:

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Though if you’re not a fan of chintz, you’ll probably be replacing these curtains:

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Woodhill House is for sale through Sherry Fitzgerald for €2.4m on

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