Good housekeeping

Rose Martin says Willmount House has clean lines and no clutter.

THERE’S a secret to good house style — keep it simple. A tonal palette of colour, clean lines, and less clutter not only creates easeful living, but makes showing for sale easy.

A perfect example of how to make the most of your property is Wilmount House, Wilmount Avenue, in Cobh.

A semi-detached period house, it’s actually one wing of one of those harbour town specialities, a colonial villa — and has all the benefits that accrue.

There’s the long avenue entrance, (although shared), tall trees and mature, spacious grounds. Because of its site and elevation, it comes with views over the lower harbour at Cobh, and, while it’s all a bit 18th century in its location, just down the road there’s a brand new leisure centre and a new suburb at Carrignafoy.

Over the boundary of trees are playing fields, and, while there are houses to the east and south, the property is in a little oasis of its own.

The house has retained all of its old charms: sash windows are in place, (with gleaming glazing), and there’s a big, bow window on the western end that gives oomph to the living room and the master bedroom.

The house has been renovated with a deft hand and it belies the amount of work that was involved, says selling agent, Liz Hannon, of Cobh.

Suffice it to say that now, all is ordered, calm and clean and the wildness of the garden has been tamed to provide discrete spaces for adults and children.

A three-bed, it’s on the market at €485,000, and, for that money, you can just move in the furniture.

The size is good: there’s a very large and impressive living room, with windows on two sides, and lush, gold-silk curtains give the room elegance.

The original fireplace is the centrepoint of a rectangular space that works well, furniture-wise, and is big enough for a party.

The entrance hall is at the angle of the wing and the main house and faces a delicate staircase to the front, with the kitchen on one side and a little guest bathroom tucked beneath.

The kitchen is very homely: an oil-cloth covered table is centre and the fittings, while modern, are in country house fashion with solid beech worktop. Decorated in soft creams, the ceiling height adds to the impression of space and there are other touches here and there that push the space above average.

Likewise with the upper level, the long corridor that links all three bedrooms is fitted with a dresser that makes a sometimes ignored space an area of its own.

The main bathroom is simply fitted in white and the two children’s bedrooms are themed and lovely.

The master bedroom is the nicest room, with windows facing south and west, including the bay. It’s a big, spacious room that could easily have a chunk hived off for an en-suite. Decorated with chintz curtains and old furnishing, it continues the country house theme.

Simple, elegant and fully finished, Wilmount House is that curious mix — an affordable, ready-to-go house that has all the trappings of a big, period property. Worth a look.


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