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Tullylease House, County Cork
Front, east elevation.
Reg. No.20900605
Date1780 - 1820
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Cork
Coordinates136907, 118582
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL
Original Usecountry house
In Use Ascountry house
Detached five-bay two-storey country house, built c. 1800, with attic and incorporating fabric of earlier dwelling. Full-height return and multiple-bay two-storey and single-storey lean-to extensions to rear. Pitched artificial slate roof with overhanging eaves, rooflight, rendered chimneystacks and replacement uPVC rainwater goods. Exposed roughly coursed rubble limestone walls with painted lined-and-ruled rendered walls to south elevation and painted smooth rendered walls to rear (west), elevation. Square-headed window openings with rendered sills and replacement uPVC windows to first floor, and cut limestone sills and six-over-six pane timber box sliding sash windows to ground floor with internal timber shutters, all with rubble limestone voussoirs. Segmental-headed door opening with timber doorcase comprising timber panelled double-leaf door and timber sidelights with decorative glazing, fluted frieze and flanked by carved timber Composite style engaged columns and surmounted by a cobweb fanlight. Range of outbuildings to west, northern part being seven-bay and two-storey and southern being seven-bay and single-storey, with pitched artificial slate roofs, replacement uPVC rainwater goods, roughly coursed rubble limestone walls and tooled cut limestone voussoirs to elliptical-arch carriage entrances and square-headed door openings. Quadrant entrance gates to road, with carved limestone gate piers set in roughly coursed rubble limestone boundary walls and having cut limestone wheel guards and cast-iron double-leaf vehicular and single-leaf pedestrian gates to site. Roofless gate lodge inside gates, having rubble limestone walls, elliptical-arch doorway and square-headed windows.


A pleasing country house built in a number of phases and retaining fine features including an elegant Greek Revival timber doorcase and timber sliding sash windows. This house was once the seat of the Sullivan family and was attached to an estate of some six hundred and seven acres in the mid-eighteenth century. The house, its associated outbuildings and entrance gates form an interesting group in the landscape and are an important part of the architectural and social heritage of the area.
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