No hideaway boundaries

MIGHT Áit mo Chroí be the place for boundless love? It is already a place without boundaries.

They say good fences make for good neighbours, but in the case of this Ballycroneen east Cork hideaway the novelty is the fact there is no boundary between it and its farming neighbour.

The two-bed hideaway home, set on around an acre in good farmland at Shanahee, near the sea, has no visible boundaries on two sides, the grounds just peter out, and tillage takes over.

Owned by a UK-based couple, they had a good relationship with the farm next door, neither saw the need to go to the trouble of fencing, and the upside is unobstructed vistas, and the immediate knowledge that one is living an authentic country life (and if the lawns go wild, maybe the passing baleful combine harvesters might sort it out.)

Áit mo Chroí is a new market arrival with Cork estate agent Dominic Daly, who says it has been rented for a period, to tenants associated with the nearby Ballymaloe network of food and hospitality enterprises, and now that it is on the market, he seeks offers around €420,000.

Despite its apparent size, it has just two bedrooms right now, one of them en suite, and full planning has recently been granted to add two more en suite bedrooms: at present, floor area is about 1,400 sq ft, suggests Mr Daly, and the main living area is airy, thanks to high ceilings, up into the roof apex, with sturdy exposed rafters, trusses and beams. Floors are wooden, and there are French door to the garden, and there’s a private, courtyard garden for al fresco dining.

Design is low-key, muted and essentially traditional, with painted white render, and raised plasterwork framing windows, with red wooden frames, all under a slate roof. With its open areas, high ceilings, and lots of wood, it is the sort of place that will respond well to a simple Scandinavian furnishing plan, and there’s already a solid fuel stove in the main living/dining space.


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