The Dutch owners of this dormer property at Lackaroe near Kenmare believe themselves remarkably lucky to have found a large windowed home with incredible views of the Bonane Valley.
It was the windows with views of green fields, forestry and nearby mountains that made them fall in love with it seven years ago. “The views are amazing especially at night when there are no clouds and lots of stars,” they say.
They felt particularly lucky to find a spacious modern house which had been attractively and carefully designed by a UK owner in the mid 1990s to take full advantage of the views.
“Everything in the house was just as it is now when we bought it – all we had to do was change the colour schemes,” they state.
The stand out feature was, and still is, the first floor master bedroom window which has quite an extraordinary level of glazing. The front wall of the room is entirely made up of windows and, to transmit as much light as possible, it has three large panes of glass embedded in the floor. The room also has two roof lights and an internal window on its back wall.
Built in 1995 and extended in 2007 by the original owner, it’s a very modern 3,100 sq ft house with an up to date B3 energy rating achieved with solar panels and two stoves.
The major share of the ground floor space is given over to open plan timber floored living area containing a series of interconnected rooms.
At one end there is a very sizable living-dining room which has an entire wall of windows at the front as well as three glass panes in the ceiling letting in extra light from the master bedroom overhead. A very modern room it has more windows at the side and rear and also has a stove set in to a timber surround.
A double archway at one side leads in to family room/ dining area with brick effect walls, another stove and exposed timber beams on the ceiling give it the feel of an old style cottage.
Off the family room at the rear is a long timber floored kitchen which mixes cottage style and modern features and has exposed ceiling beams as well as modern high gloss white units with timber countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Another archway at the side of the family room leads in to a sitting room or study while off the kitchen there is a door to a utility room with a walk in pantry.
In an extension at the side of the property added on in 2007 is a bedroom with an en suite wet-room as well as an attached garage.
The upper floor has the previously mentioned master bedrooms with panoramic valley views. An extra spacious room, it has timber flooring and a tiled en suite with a contemporary freestanding bath and an internal window with Venetian blinds.
At this level there are two other bedrooms including one being used as a studio by one of the owners who paints as a hobby. The space in the first floor extension above the ground floor bedroom has been turned into a playroom.
Set on a site of over an acre the property has well-planted gardens with lawns and trees and flowerbeds bounded by stonewalls and has a large decking area at the front and a patio at the rear.
One half of the Dutch couple is an enthusiastic gardener who felt lucky to find a property which already had an 84 sq ft poly tunnel.
“I replaced the plastic and put in beds on the inside and used it to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and all kinds of vegetables as well as sunflowers,’’ he said.
Outside he planted shrubs and trees including a few for growing apples, pears and plums and, being a Dutch man, also put down daffodils and tulips.
Located on a quiet country road, the property is a little under seven kilometres from Kenmare and a little over 22 from Glengariff in West Cork.
Quoting a guide of €350,000, Elaine Daly of Sherry Fitzgerald Daly had so many enquiries that she organized an open viewing this week, which is quite unusual for a rural property.
“We are getting interest from local families, from Dublin buyers and from abroad,” says Ms Daly.
She says the asking price for the beautifully presented property would be higher if it had sea views.
VERDICT: With its attractive layout, scenic views and reasonable asking price, it should make any buyer who gets it feel lucky.