Raffeen is an iconic property, a distinguished early 18th Century private residence, situated in the most sought-after area of Kinsale, Scilly. The house is literally on the waterfront, enjoying a southerly aspect overlooking magical seaside town of Kinsale. The property includes a large two-storey boat house, manicured gardens and direct water access. The gardens lead down, via beautiful stone steps, to a private floating pontoon. It has unrestricted water access and also enjoys a mooring buoy located on the waterfront. Raffeen is an idyllic family home where classic Georgian elegance meets modern day comfort and convenience. The house exudes...character and has a lovely energy, enhanced by its south- facing aspect, water frontage and exceptionally high 4m ceilings. At all times the house feels light and bright thanks to its high Georgian windows. It has been meticulously refurbished by its current owners who were at all times very conscious of preserving the integrity of the home, mindful that they were caretakers of this unique landmark property for future generations. This house is in turn key condition. It is a dynamic house- being both a very comfortable and private family home and also perfect for entertaining. It enables living literally “pieds dans l’eau” in the rich natural and historical heritage of Kinsale. On its doorstep is the beautiful Scilly Walk leading to Summercove, Charles Fort and beyond. Cork airport is a 20 minute drive with no traffic lights or roundabouts along the route! The house has remained in private ownership and appears to have had only two owners since the 1900’s, being the Dorman Family, up to the purchase by the current owners in 2013. When purchased the house had become a protected structure within the Cork County Council Record of Protected Structures. The house required major restoration and modernisation to bring the accommodation and services up to modern day standards. The restoration and modernisation were conducted under the careful management of the current owners in conjunction with their architects and in compliance with the appropriate planning permission as required for a protected structure. Planning permission exists for the renovation and change of use of the boat house. To truly appreciate the wonder of Raffeen and its waterside location it is highly recommended to visit. HISTORY A map dating c1841-42 displays a residence on the site currently occupied by the house. It is likely the original house has been modified and from the original “T” plan with additions during the latter part of the 19th Century The peninsula known as Scilly, where the house is located is presumed to have derived its name from immigrant fishermen who settled here from the Scilly Isles off the South western tip of Cornwall in the UK.
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