Personal design stamp adds to appeal of Cloyne home

And they called it puppy love... Tommy Barker says an open plan layout in a young family-designed home will create a lot of interest.

THIS bang-up-to- date young family home, with an immaculate upgraded interior and set within a hearty run of a beach, is something to get quite in a flap about: it even has a discrete dog flap in a sliding patio door, to cater for well-heeled and schooled puppies in training for the Irish Guide Dogs Association.

But, for those who want their aspirational ‘bringing the outside in’ lifestyle mix, rather than muddy paws, the owners have kept the original glass cut-out, it can easily be reinstated and so can cover all tracks, no bother.

Fresh to market, and with puppy-cute Instagram appeal for those into their interior style, is No 32 Garryowen Road, in the community-friendly East Cork village of Cloyne.

No 32 was bought just a year or so ago by a young couple who became East Cork converts after a spell renting in Midleton.

They signed for the brand-new, unfinished ‘first’ home the day before their wedding, and being clued into salvage finds, charity shop treasures and keen for a bargain, they put their own design stamp on it.

They also did the full kitchen, part of a great open-plan ground floor layout, fitted a wood-burning stove (hardly needed in the A3 rated, air to water heat sourced cosy 1,500 sq ft build), carpeted the four bedrooms, added an LED strip up the stairs, and put a sophisticated, calm sheen on it all.

Calm, that is, except for when their own dog Degas has to tolerate a puppy being trained for the Irish Guide Dogs, where one of the No 32’ s vendors works.

Then, the beach at Ballycroneen seven minutes drive away is the ‘let it all out’ space of choice, and the couple have even run there and back, while training for Cork’s half marathon, as well as taking part in Cloyne’s monthly 4k run: “For a small village Cloyne has so much to offer and is bursting with genuine community spirit,” they enthuse.

Reluctantly selling up to be closer to the city, for work and family reasons, they are selling No 32 Garryowen with very mixed feelings: ”it’s truly been a dream house, full of fond memories even in the short time we’ve been here.”

Auctioneer James Colbert, with offices in Carrigtwohill and Midleton, is charged with the sale.

He endorses the quality of life package in and around Cloyne, and he guides the detached four-bed detached at €315,000.

“This well-built home has a real warmth to it, it keeps on giving and it is one of the best finished on the market at present,” he says.

It’s very airy, thanks to an open plan layout connecting a front room, with its Henley stove, back to a kitchen/dining with new units and metro tiling, and then connects also to a second living space, with vaulted ceiling, and garden/patio access via a sliding door, and all glazing is triple, making for a very quiet home.... dogs permitting.

VERDICT: the cat’s pyjamas.

Cloyne, East Cork


Size: 141 sq m (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3


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