My home by the Lee — now the song “Beautiful City” mightn’t have topped the charts for quite some time but it would surely be on your lips each time you hit the road home to “Neidín”.
That’s “Neidín” the four-bedroom restored and refurbished cottage at Cork’s Inniscarra rather than the Irish name for the Kerry town of Kenmare — though you’re on the right side of Cork city for heading to the Kingdom if that takes your fancy too.
Located at Ballyanly, this one-time cottage, which is understood to be more than 100 years old, underwent a major transformation in 2002 and is now in tip-top shape.
The porch opens onto a large open-plan living/dining area with a bedroom wing to one side of the house.
There’s still a comfortable rustic feel to the living room, thanks to its exposed stone fireplace and oak floor.
Also downstairs you have the kitchen, conservatory and utility room which has a door directly to the outside — fierce handy if you want to get the football kit straight to the washing machine without a pit-stop on the couch for a quick break (as some hard-working players might do).
Double doors off the living room lead to the sunroom which appropriately enough is bright and cheery.
What makes the living spaces just that bit more special is the nifty layout where the family can be together-but-separate. A stairs from the living area leads to a mezzanine area featuring another lounge area.
Also upstairs is a large ensuite bedroom. Neidín stands on around 0.34 acres which feature ornamental maples, birches, conifers and evergreen shrubs and is approached through a Kealkil Stone wall with cast iron electronic gates.
The garden is just fab — with a herb garden and glass house to really get gardening enthusiasts saying this one “is mint to be”.
There is also a workshop and storeroom outside, so there’s no need for clutter or mess from any DIY or creative projects.
This property is located just off the Inniscarra Road in the Lee Valley which puts it 5km from both Ballincollig town cenre and from Blarney.
Even closer is the Inniscarra Community Centre and you’re also just a short drive from shopping centres, second-level schools, CIT, UCC, CUH and the Bon Secours Hospital.
“This really is the best of both worlds — private and country living but only minutes from everything you could need,” notes Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald auctioneers.
She says it’s families with children of all ages who are drawn to this house: “You are so close to schools, Blairs Inn, Ballincollig Regional Park — and you could see kids ‘hopping the ditch’ into the sports grounds too.”
This house uses oil heating and has a solid fuel stove in the main living room. It has biocycle waste treatment and a private well.
VERDICT: Sweet sight in a sweet site.