‘Father Mathew Tower is most famous as being a Cork landmark, little do people realise that rather than being a dusty old monument that it is in fact a truly unique family home. The Tower’s foundation stone was laid in 1843 in the presence of the great and the good of Cork society to commemorate Father Mathews indefatigable efforts as the ‘Apostle of Temperance’ in the slums of Ireland, the UK and later the USA. It was completed in November 1846 to much acclaim, a journalist at the time said “neither money nor art was spared in making it a noble specimen of turret architecture”. Originally it was meant for the use of the public at large where they could “breath in the clear and bracing air and enjoy the scenery in all directions from the commanding eminence of Mount Patrick”. Then, as now, the area was of “surpassing beauty and attraction” and the walk to the Tower was thought to be the ideal recreational pursuit for the “fashionable company” of the early Victorian period.
Later on when ‘promenading’ on Mount Patrick fell out of favour, the Tower was used as a family home and was inhabited until the late 1960’s. When a Mr & Mrs Feely (and their seven children) moved out, the Tower entered a new phase which saw it suffer from disuse and neglect. By the 1980’s it was not much better than a handsome ruin. Thankfully a new owner in 1982 had the foresight to breath new life into what was then a sorry sight. A local architect was employed to draw up plans for the refurbishment of the tower and to add a modern family home to the existing building. The property changed hands again in 1996 and the current owners set about further restoration work on the tower and grounds, with no expense spared.
Today we see a truly unique property, it is built on a grand scale, it’s historic, it’s a little bit eccentric, but for all that it has a lovely warmth and charm and strangely enough for a property of this size it is quite manageable.
If you have a penchant for something just a little bit different, need space, security and if you demand the highest quality then this is the place for you. ‘
This Property is marketed by Christies International Real Estate