€330,000 Historic gate lodge on Killarney’s Mill Road has central appeal

THIS jewel house at one of Kerry’s most desirable addresses has historic appeal and also offers possibilities for a buyer with imagination and vision.

Considered one of the oldest private residences in the city, Coolclogher Lodge on Killarney’s Mill Road looks like something out of a fairy tale book.

Perched on the edge of the leafy road, it is within walking distance of Killarney National Park and the town centre.

DNG Ted Healy has released the three-bedroom freestanding door lodge and is priced at £330,000.

From the outside it looks quite compact – but step inside and it really has that sort of Tardis-like appeal.

Once beyond the alluring front door of this gatehouse you will see how delightfully deceptive the facade was.

Coolclogher Lodge was built around 1860, five years before Queen Victoria arrived amid a cavalcade of coaches for her historic visit which saw Killarney galloping to the fore as a leading figure in the tourist industry Irish.

A year later, author Beatrix Potter was born and this Victorian lodge, 2km from the town centre, would remind any viewer of the rustic charm of Potter’s children’s books.

It even sits next to a river – the Flesk buzzes to the rear, where the property also captures sweeping views of Killarney’s world famous mountains.

Yard at Coolclogher Lodge, Mill Road, Killarney.
Yard at Coolclogher Lodge, Mill Road, Killarney.

Enter the hallway and you will find that it is actually a single storey basement building on several levels, with a staircase leading from the front door to the basement.

But for those of us accustomed to attractively and sensibly refurbished living spaces, like our Irish Examiner Property & Home columnist and 2021 House of the year Jennifer Sheahan who restored a handcrafted cottage in Dublin, there’s plenty to spark your imagination at this lodge.

“Coolclogher Lodge offers a truly unique opportunity to redevelop and upgrade this historic property and is sure to please a multitude of buyers,” says Ted.

The property sits on nearly an acre and I am taken by the indoor-outdoor vibe.

There’s even a ready-made outdoor area perfect for dining and lounging, while the indoor spaces invite you to. As for accommodation, inside there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. , including a spacious overwater shower room extension, with fabulous views of the rear garden.

This is biophilia before its time.

The entrance hall has wooden flooring, while the main floor living room has oak flooring and a gas fireplace with marble surround.

A bay window reinforces the bright and period atmosphere of this space.

Bay window of the living room
Bay window of the living room

The first bedroom is carpeted and has a skylight. This room has a private bathroom with a shower.

The second bedroom has wooden laminate flooring.

The kitchen is fitted with fitted cooking units, tiled backsplash, oil fired boiler as well as stove, cooker and shot press.


The ceiling is wood paneled.

The third bedroom has a carpet and a sliding door to the garden, as well as a built-in wardrobe.

The second bathroom has tiled floors, a shower and paneled walls.

The utility area is plumbed for washing machine.

The historic house is located within walking distance of Killarney town and Killarney National Park.

It has oil fired central heating and outside is a detached shed in the rear garden.

Its energy class is BER G.