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Grove House Guesthouse And Restaurant Of Schull, Co. Cork, Acquired By New Owners

By Dave Simpson

Grove House guesthouse and restaurant of Colla Road, Schull, Co. Cork, has been sold by agent Colm Cleary of James Lyons O'Keeffe.

As reported by The Irish Examiner, Grove House, which has been run for the past 15 years by chef, musician and patron of the arts Katarina Runske, hit the market in 2016 and had been for sale with a guide price of €1 million.

Grove House was originally on the market with other agents before Cleary privately linked it to Irish buyers with west Cork roots. However, Cleary and Runske have both declined to reveal who has purchased the property or how much they paid for it.

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It is expected that the buyers will use Grove House themselves when they retire, but first, it may be sensitively upgraded and short-term let at the higher end of the hospitality rental market.

Past Uses

In the past, Grove House has variously been a rectory, a private home and a small hotel, among other things, and it has hosted George Bernard Shaw and Jack B. Yeats.

Runske's Whereabouts

Runske has now relocated to east Cork, where her son, Max, who is a professional sailor, and her daughter-in-law, Susie, have purchased Ballymaloe Cottage, which they intend to run as a third generation in the hospitality business.

Runske's mother, Catherine Noren, ran Co. Cork's Dunworley Cottage in the nineties, and her son Nico, who is a chef, is renovating a Schull venue for use as a tapas bar.

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