Innishannon, Co Cork Price: €675,000
Size: 371sq m (4,000 sq ft)
Attractively gable-fronted with a three sided bay window and a mix of arched and dormer windows on its top floor, Number 3 Church Hill in Innishannon is a very modern property with a distinctively Victorian style appearance.
Joint selling agents Hodnett Forde and Bowe auctioneers describe it as a magnificent family home and say that the Church Hill development of six houses is both the finest and the most exclusive in the Innishannon area.
"Occupying an elevated site overlooking Inishannon village and the surrounding countryside, this is a spacious and luxurious residence with a high level of privacy," says auctioneer Ernest Forde quoting an asking price of €675,000.
All six of the substantial three-storey houses in the development are similar but not identical. Individual features in this one include a sunroom at the side with a sloping roof as well as covered walkway leading from the house to the garage.
"The current owners have had it since it was built in 2003 and have finished the interior to a very high standard with oak flooring and a hand painted kitchen," says Mr Forde.
Exceptionally spacious with 4,000sq ft of accommodation, it’s on a site of a third of an acre and has a secluded garden at the rear.
Behind the very Victorian-looking bay window at ground level is a comfortable sitting room with an elaborate marble fireplace and a cream and yellow colour scheme. Alongside it is an oak-floored sunroom which has a vaulted ceiling and glazing on three sides The largest room in the house an L-shaped kitchen/dining /living room which has a sitting area at one end and a dining space at the side.
In the centre is the kitchen which has country-style cream units with hardwood countertops, a granite topped centre island and a range of quality appliances including an American-style fridge and a double gas and electric stove.
From the oak-floored kitchen there’s a step up to a carpeted living space which has a vaulted ceiling and redbrick fireplace with a stove.
Off the kitchen at one side is a spacious well-equipped utility room and off the long central hallway there is a guest WC.
Behind the bay window on the first floor is a generously proportioned master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe, an en-suite and views of Dromkeen Woods in the distance. This level has two more bedrooms, a bathroom and a room which has been fitted out as a study with a bespoke cherrywood desk and matching units.
The top floor has another bathroom and well as two bedrooms which, at this height, have the best views of the surrounding countryside.
An electric gated entrance at the front opens on to a paved driveway which has some shrub beds as well a lofted garage which is connected to the house by a covered walkway.
To the rear of the house there are mature and private gardens enclosed by trees and hedging which have two Indian sandstone patios for sitting out and taking the sun.
Situated on an elevated site at the top of Church Hill, the property is just a ten-minute walk from shops in Innishannon village and a five-minute drive from Bandon.
The selling agents say that proximity to Cork city is a key attraction. "It’s just a 20-minute commute from the city and will appeal to people working on the west side of the city, in Bishopstown , the Model Farm Road and at the university and Cork University Hospital," says Mr Forde.
Verdict: An attractively Victorian-looking residence with a huge amount of space and all the 21st-century creature comforts you could ask for.