It’s quietly, quite superior

Tommy Barker says Innishannon home is a bespoke family residence.

HORSES to the front, horses to the back, like so much pastoral equine wallpaper – and the good news is, someone else has to mind them. Welcome to the shires, Innishannon style.

Set less than a 15-minute drive from Cork city, this high quality Barna, Innishannon modern build is up at the end of private leafy lane in pure, unadulterated rich countryside (as in ‘impossible to get planning here.’)

The place next door to this new property market offering puts the ‘neigh’ into neighbour, with stables and an old fashioned barn and farm yard, and horses graze and pose shamelessly in the surrounding paddocks.

Don’t for a moment think that a move out here to such tranquillity necessitates putting up with an inferior home – this place is quietly, quite superior.

Owned by a young couple who built it in the mid-2000 with a huge amount of personal input (especially in the garden planting and landscaping,) this is a 3,100 sq ft stone-faced bespoke family home ready to rock.

A painting contractor by trade, the man of the house admits to being a bit of a perfectionist, and his standards applied equally to those who worked on the couple’s project here, on a half-acre site, ringed by dozens, if not hundreds, of cut railway sleepers (one bleached and planed sleeper makes its way indoors by the dining area as a chimney-piece, set into a mellow brick hearth with solid fuel stove.)

Selling agent for this one-off is Brendan Bowe in Bandon, who seeks offers around €800,000 and who says “it’s the finest modern property to come onto the market in this area in 2010.” Given the short drive back to Cork city, he expects most interest to come from this quarter.

This house has a great floor plan, with large open and airy living spaces, most with a dual aspect, while the added on but right at home gable sunroom has the very best setting of all: this large room has high, sloping ceilings, glass on three sides, and the back has huge timber double doors which open to well-treated teak decking patio, with a sort of raised teak deck-board walkway to a sheltered decked BBQ and seating/dining area, with plain glass balustrades to cut wind and maintain the country views.

Back inside, the house’s flooring is mostly Turkish travertine, and rooms include a formal drawing room to the left of the galleried hall with its painted and teak stairs, the large sun room, a very big utility room with feature hardwood half-door to the back garden, and a 27’ by 17’ kitchen/dining room. This great room has painted units, granite tops, Belfast sink, Waterford range gas oven and other quality integrated appliances, including a wine fridge, with light Turkish travertine flooring.

Overhead, flooring throughout is larch, and there are four bedrooms, with a fine master suite, complete with dressing room/walk-in closet, and tanked en suite wet-room, with costly burnished metallic tiling, double and open-ended shower enclosure and a shower unit that would put many a car-wash to shame for pressure and jet features. One of the other three bedrooms has access to a rear-facing balcony, and apart from a good main family bathroom with over-sized bath and shower, there’s a ground floor shower off the guest WC, ideal for a quick wash-down after being out on the horses – either your own or borrowed. They sort of come with the territory.


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