Tommy Barker admires this four-level home with full basement and attic.
The turret of No 1, in the Woodlands Demesne, in Cork’s Montenotte could well have been quite the space to catch glimpses, and, even more so, the fireworks and sounds of last Friday’s Rod Stewart gig in the new Páire Uí Chaoimh stadium.
About 30,000 fans paid to attend the two hour concert. But, as is the custom of Cork, residents of a number of homes on the hill along the Middle Glanmire Road/Montenotte too had an elevated overview of the stadium, and many chose to host garden or terrace parties against the backdrop of the best of Rod’s songs since the ‘70s, and a setting sun glinting off the €100m stadium.
No 1 Woodlands Demesne is directly to the north of the stadium, in the grounds of the former period home Woodlands, and was one of a number of individual homes built in the early 2000s on serviced sites just to the east of the replacement Crosbie-family owned Woodlands, on 0.25 acres of sloping and extensively landscaped grounds.
It’s a bit of a whopper, as the site allowed it to have a full basement, practically wholly-concealed from the exterior, and up above it are two floors of accommodation, including four first floor bedrooms, and each of these levels has that feature turret shape at the south-west corner.
Then, there’s another entire level, a full attic with pitched ceilings and Velux windows, with office, storage and one of the rooms up here is bed No 5, with en suite.
In all, there’s about 4,400 sq ft over the four levels, with a solid feel due to Ducon floor/ceiling slabs on the lower two levels.
No 1’s guided at €810,000 by estate agent Gillian McDonnell of Sherry FitzGerald, and there’s only been a handful of resales of the Demesne’s sizeable, detacheds down the years: in fact, No 1 shows up twice, in 2013 and 2014, at €600,000 and €625,000 respectively, while the latest was No 6, making €585,000 in 2017.
Another very large home, Melrose/aka No 8, built in a sort of lodge replica style across the entrance to the Demesne, also sold in 2017, for €675,000, having once been offered at as much as €1.6m.
Sherry Fitz’s Ms McDonnell says that the quality of No 1 is evident on stepping over the threshold to an elaborately tiled hall: in fact, you kind of sense the expenditure even before that, in the stepped access, planting and paved drive.
The entrance level’s home to a large hall, deep, double aspect living room, with turret and wide fireplace, linking back then to a wide kitchen/dining room, with wall-mounted part-glazed storage units right up to ceiling height, and across the hall is a smaller family room.
Unusually, the guest WC is down a flight of stairs, at basement level, and this lowermost floor (currently with raw exposed concrete block walls and columns) is extensive, big enough for a suite of den uses, purposeful gym, and games from snooker to table tennis.
Teenagers? They’ll embrace the windowless retreat.
Three of the five bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, the master bedroom with turret for 180 degree views plus Juliet balcony is irregularly shaped, with large walk in robes/dressing room, and the main family bathroom has a corner bath, and separate shower.
Driving it all on the tech/services front are a pressurised water system, four-zone heating, CAT 6 cabling, an automatic switched generator, sensor and timed lighting and it all gets a B3 BER, with gas central heating and wood effect pvc double glazing.
Externally, the tiered quarter acre site has parking in front, facing neatly trimmed topiary, hedges and shrubs, and has a long back garden with lawn on an upper level, with a tumbling, stone-built water feature to a back patio.
Montenotte, Cork: €810,000
Size: 410 sq ft (4,433 sq ft)
Pictures: John Roche