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Ballea Castle, County Cork
20908642
Front (south) elevation
Reg. No.20908642
Date1660 - 1700
Previous NameN/A
TownlandBALLEA
CountyCounty Cork
Coordinates170904, 63091
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingNational
Original Usecastle/fortified house
In Use Ascastle/fortified house
 
Description
Detached L-plan two-bay three-storey over basement fortified tower house, built c.1680, with attached flat-roofed single and two-storey castellated additions to rear (north), built c.1970. Pitched slate roofs with rendered castellated parapets, rendered gables and chimneystacks and cast-iron rainwater goods. Rubble stone walls with rendered bartizans to south-east and north-west corners and pointed finials to gabledt corners. Square-headed window openings with replacement concrete sills and limestone lintels, having some limestone label mouldings. Replacement timber casement windows. Camber-headed door opening with hollow chamfered limestone surround with carved limestone label moulding. Replacement timber battened door with cast-iron lattice gate. Rubble limestone enclosing walls with square-profile limestone gate piers on carved plinths surmounted by stepped cornice with round finials having replacement cast-iron gates.

Appraisal

This imposing house was the seat of the Hodder family until the early 1900s. Despite some alterations to the exterior it retains its historic form and grandiose character. Situated on steep wooded cliffs, overlooking the Owenaboy River, it is an eye-catching building in the surrounding landscape.
 
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