‘Gob’-smacking good home built by a master craftsman in Bandon

‘Gob’-smacking good home built by a master craftsman in Bandon

Trish Dromey hears about a flawless home which has been built by a master craftsman in Bandon.

Kilgobbin, Co Cork

Price: €695,000

Size:Sq m 311 (3,350 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

BER: B3

The space, style and high level of finish you would expect from the home of a developer who specialises in building one-off high-end houses can be found at this five-bed at Kilgobbin overlooking the River Bandon.

Bright and modern, it’s a distinctive two- storey house which has its main living space on the first floor where a highly glazed sunroom style dining room provides views of the river and nearby Kilgobbin Castle, as well as access to a decked upper level decked terrace enclosed by glass walls.

The standard of finish is highly impressive. Features include bespoke wood flooring, doors and architraves, a high-end kitchen, Liscannor stone cladding, German double glazed oak windows as well as slate roof tiles imported especially from Bangor in Wales

- says auctioneer Brendan Bowe, Bandon, a joint selling agent with Ron Kruger of Engel & Voelkers, Kinsale.

Accessed by electric gates and surrounded by 3.7 acres of lawns and paddock, the house has a patio with a hot tub as well as courtyard with separate stable block with a garage. Built in 2007, it has a B3 energy rating and is fitted with a wood pellet heating system as well as solar panels.

‘Gob’-smacking good home built by a master craftsman in Bandon

It is a two storey property, but because it’s built into a sloping site, not a straightforward one the main entrance opens in to a hallway at mezzanine level which has a set of stairs leading up to the main living areas and another one leading down to a lower level which has four of the property’s five bedrooms.

The upper level has three generous-sized oak floored rooms with vaulted ceilings and large windows including a living room with a marble fireplace as well a family room with a stove.

The kitchen dining room is the largest and most impressive room with a hardwood kitchen, granite countertops and a long central island. The kitchen has roof lights, while the dining space has full length windows with huge sliding patio doors opening out on to a decked terrace.

At entrance level on the mezzanine floor there is a utility room as well as a guest bathroom and a guest bedroom. Down on the lower level there is a family bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath as well as four bedrooms. Two have en suite bathrooms while one also has a walk-in wardrobe. The largest bedroom has over 300 sq ft of living space and a marble fireplace, so it could be used as a games room or a sitting room.

‘Gob’-smacking good home built by a master craftsman in Bandon

Outside the house at one side there is a courtyard providing access to a 1,000 sq ft stable block which has a double garage, two loose boxes and an equally large overhead storage loft. Timber railing encloses the courtyard and beyond this there is a large expanse of paddock and lawn. The gardens can also be accessed from a set of steps leading down from the decked terrace outside the dining room.

Situated one kilometre from Ballinadee, the property is 10.6 kilometres from Bandon and just 11.2 kilometres from Kinsale. (This explains why Bowe auctioneers are advertising it as a Bandon property while Engel & Voelkers are listing it as a Kinsale one.) Quoting a guide of €695,000 Mr Bowe says this is a flawless home which has been built by a master craftsman.

It has been attracting both local and international interest. I have shown it to a couple from South Africa and have received calls from both the UK and Germany

VERDICT: Impressive space, design and finish as well as a scenic location.

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