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Westropp House, Main Street, Innishannon, Co. Cork., T12 XWP7


End Of Terrace House

For Sale



298 sq.m.


Westropp House, Main Street, Innishannon is presented to the market by Bowe Property as one of the most exciting and iconic houses to be offered for sale in Innishannon Village in quite a considerable period of time. Westropp House dates back to the early 1700's and has had a rich and colourful historic past with equally interesting owners and guests having resided there. The property is five bay, three storey over basement with quite simply stunning riverside gardens facing south onto Dromkeen Woods and of course the Bandon River, completely walled in offering superb and immense privacy from the Main Street. The property is imposing, handsome and utterly captivating with accommodation consisting of no less than five bedrooms, two en-suite, third floor home office, two reception rooms, kitchen area and a basement with further rooms ranging from home office, utility room, store room and log room. Many fine period features in terms of proportions, windows complete with shutters, original beams, fire places all remain and Westropp House offers itself as a most interesting & beautiful family home given its rich history, handsome façade and stunning gardens. The gardens enjoy beautiful views of Dromkeen Wood and Bandon River and have a host of original features with a spectacular ‘HaHa' installed creating the wonderful raised illusion for the property occupiers of the meandering Bandon River. A truly unique, iconic and historic house at the heart of Innishannon Village offering itself for sale for the first time in almost half a century.

Viewings are openly invited, highly recommended and of course, strictly by prior appointment.


Historic Note

Westropp House, Main Street, Innishannon dates to the early 1700's and has credible connections with Oliver Cromwell, George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill to mention but a few.

The house was constructed by Thomas Adderly Jnr. and the property was initially used to conduct commercial business of which Thomas Adderly Jnr. introduced quite a few to Innishannon Village. He encouraged the French Huguenots, who were escaping religious persecution in France to come and settle in the sylvian setting of Innishannon. Subsequently the Huguenots arrived and brought with them their expertise in flax growing, linen making and from approximately 1720 the Village of Innishannon was a thriving community where shirts, sheets, carpets and even corduroys were all made.

This main business was controlled and run from Westropp House. Later, Mulberry Trees were imported by Thomas Adderly Jnr. in a scheme to produce silk however, this was not a commercial success andThomas Adderly Jnr. spent some time in financial hiding from his debtors & the house subsequently had a number of occupiers.

Westropp House was primarily occupied by doctors and the property was marked as a dispensary on the ordinance survey map 1870.

One of its infamous occupiers, Dr. Townsend resided in Westropp House, whose daughter Charlotte Payne Townsend married Mr. George Bernard Shaw. Townsend subsequently moved to another significant property in Roscarbery and after they left Innishannon, the house and the entire village of Innishannon was sold by the Adderlys' to a Richard Frewen from West Sussex. Frewen was an Anglo-Irish Protestant whose ruinous brother, Morton Frewen lost the house and the estate in a game of cards.

One of the other notable owners of Westropp House was an Uncle (by marriage) and Aunt of Winston Churchill, who would have spent most of his holidays in Innishannon when he was a young child, around the age of seven or eight. At that time, he resided with the family in the Innishannon House estate, opposite the Catholic Church, and Westropp House was the summer home of the same family who moved there for the fishing season. Winston Churchill as a boy, fished on the Bandon River and spent a significant amount of his time at the blacksmiths forge on the northern banks of the Bandon River at the bottom of Connolly's Hill.

The property is in its current ownership with over 40 years by the Falk family who have used the property as a very charming family home and for some time as a Bed & Breakfast.

A new chapter in the ownership of Westropp House is about to be written.

Rear Gardens & Patio Area

Patio area leading through to private walled gardens with mature apple trees and shrubs throughout. To the side, you will find a pedestrian entrance off the street, ideal access for deliveries of solid fuel etc. Corner store shed/garden shed. At the lower end of the garden, steps leading to a wall area, referred to as the ‘HaHa' which was constructed to hide the original kitchen garden (south side steps leading down towards the rivers edge and approximately 16 feet of land) from the house looking south towards Dromkeen Wood. Looking through the two small gates at the top of the adjoining rampart, one sees the river which then appears to be immediately behind the rampart. It is a false perspective hiding the intervening grass and foot paths. Over all a very interesting garden enjoying a southerly aspect with Bandon River flowing peacefully by.


-Property is located at the top end of Innishannon Village with a wonderful sylvian backdrop. Within walking distance of all amenities such as National School, food emporium, community activity hall, playground, creche and fabulous outdoor walks for the whole family.
-Approximately 25kms from Cork City and Cork International Airport, 13kms from the seaside town of Kinsale and 6kms from Bandon town centre.


Steps to feature front door leading to reception hall with dado railing.
Stairs to overhead accommodation. Access door to basement level.

Living Room - 6.1m (20'0") x 4.9m (16'1")
Solid fuel stove with brick surround. Two large windows to the front, complete with window shutters. Picture railing at room borders. Double French doors to the rear with access through to rear gardens via stone built steps. T.V. point.

Dining Room - 4.2m (13'9") x 4.1m (13'5")
Feature open fire place with brick surround and wooden overmantel. Two large windows to the front complete with window shutters. Ceiling cornicing.

Kitchen Area - 3.8m (12'6") x 1.9m (6'3")
Fully fitted with presses and cupboards. Appliances include gas hob, integrated oven and free standing fridge/freezer. Stainless steel sink. Window out onto rear gardens. Hardwood floors.

First Floor Accommodation

Family Bathroom - 2.4m (7'10") x 2.1m (6'11")
Fully fitted with w.c., wash-hand basin and bathtub with overhead electric shower. Ceramic tiled walls and floors. Corner shelved airing cupboard with dual immersion.

Spacious landing area with a window to the front.

Master Bedroom - 4.4m (14'5") x 4.1m (13'5")
Feature open fireplace. Two large windows to the front. Ceiling cornicing.
En-Suite (3m x 2m)
Fully fitted with w.c., wash-hand basin and feature clawfoot iron cast bathtub. Separate corner walk-in robe. Ceramic tiled walls and floor.

Bedroom 2 - 6.2m (20'4") x 4.9m (16'1")
Feature open fireplace incorporating a cast iron surround and natural stone finish. Two windows to the front. Window overlooking rear gardens. Window to the side. Corner wash-hand basin.

Second Floor Accommodation

Bedroom 3 - 6.2m (20'4") x 4.9m (16'1")
Feature open fireplace with natural stone surround. Two windows to the front. Window to the rear overlooking rear gardens. Window to the side.
En-Suite (2m x 2m)
Fully fitted with w.c., wash-hand basin and oversized corner electric
shower. Velux window. Ceramic tiled walls and floors.

Bedroom 4 - 4.5m (14'9") x 2.6m (8'6")
Window to rear overlooking rear gardens. Corner wash-hand basin.

Bedroom 5 - 3.8m (12'6") x 3.5m (11'6")
Two windows to the front. Corner wash-hand basin.

Third Floor Office - 3m (9'10") x 2.6m (8'6")
Window to the front. Built in units. Wash-hand basin.

Basement Level

Store Room - 5.7m (18'8") x 3.6m (11'10")
Window to the rear overlooking rear gardens. Ceramic tiled floors. Stainless steel sink.

Log Room - 2m (6'7") x 1.5m (4'11")
Ideal store room for solid fuel.

Bathroom - 2m (6'7") x 1.6m (5'3")
Fully fitted with w.c., wash-hand basin and shower area.

Office - 5.9m (19'4") x 2.4m (7'10")
Window to rear overlooking rear gardens. Exposed ceiling beam and natural stone wall.

Utility Room - 2.09m (6'10") x 1.8m (5'11")
Plumbed for washing facilities. Utility sink. Ceramic tiled floor.

Rear hallway with a separate w.c. and access door through to rear gardens and patio area.

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