The Old School House. Glenmore, Lauragh, Co Kerry is for sale for €99,000 ($115,000).SherryFitzgerald Daly Kenmare

A Co Kerry Irish schoolhouse built in 1880 can now be yours for €99,000 ($115,000).

The Old School House in Glenmore was part of a post-Famine initiative to educated and revitalize the area. More than 100 pupils were in attendance the first day the it opened. Rural depopulation eighty-seven years later led to the school’s closure in 1967.

The building was purchased in 1971 and converted into a youth hostel by An Oige, a youth hosteling association. After 36 years, the hostel closed in 2007.

Reception area in the Old School House. Credit: SherryFitzgerald Daly Kenmare

Reception area in the Old School House. Credit: SherryFitzgerald Daly Kenmare

The large Victorian two-level house stands at the end of a remote valley against a mountainous backdrop. The 2820 sq ft structure boasts two kitchens, four receptions rooms. five bedrooms (four dormitory style), two bathrooms, shower rooms and several toilets. It also includes open, stone-fronted fireplaces and a flat roof extension.

Dormitory-style bedroom in the Old School House. Credit: SherryFitzgerald Daly Kenmare

Dormitory-style bedroom in the Old School House. Credit: SherryFitzgerald Daly Kenmare

The building has a slate roof and ornate, paned windows, most of which have views of the mountains, lakes and countryside. The Old School House does needs renovation work and modernization and would be ideal for someone with a strong vision for the building.

Dining area in the Old School House. Credit: SherryFitzgerald Daly Kenmare

Dining area in the Old School House. Credit: SherryFitzgerald Daly Kenmare

The half acre site has trees and bushes, a well, phone connection, and electricity. To the east is Healy Pass and nearby is Glenmore lake. Kenmare, a popular market town with many restaurants and fine hotels, is also nearby.

The building is being sold through Sherry FitzGerald Daly Kenmare for €99,000 ($115,00).

 

H/T The Irish Times