ARCHITECT-DESIGNED, and standing the test of time well, is Rockrohan Court, a one-off house of 20th century character on 2.25 acres on Cork’s Model Farm Road.
It is slap bang in the middle of a jealously-guarded greenbelt between the city and Ballincollig. With hundreds of acres of farmland on its backdoor. Its setting is almost pastoral, with a backdrop of 150-year-old beech trees, and with complementary modern gardens, planted in the 1970s by near neighbour and landscaper Des Nangle.
This great family home slots unobtrusively into the mounded lawns and colourful planting, with rhododendrons and camellias planted for maximum colour and effect, with late season rhodos cascading over the smaller front-line colour-carriers by the rear pool area ... all very exotic.
The house was originally built on land owned by the Casey family, and half way through its life was bought by a local medical consultant who has kept faith with its original design and ethos.
The architect was Denis Higgins, with a then young graduate Eddie Keating very hands on in this design.
It was a trend-setter in its day.
Recently re-roofed and re-wired, with double glazing fitted, its internal layout hasn’t altered a whit since. There was no need to really, bar making a one-time garage into two additional bedrooms.
The central circulation areas work brilliantly for easy thru’ flow, and this is a house that hosted (and entertained) a visit of 350 medics from a UCC conference, while its grounds easily accommodated a marquee for a daughter’s wedding, with 250 guests. Not too many Cork city houses can match that.
The vendor is now downsizing, having built a new home by the sea, and selling agent is Michael McKenna of McKenna O’Donoghue Clarke Real Estate Alliance, who seeks €2.5 million.
Just a jaunt out of the western suburbs, and with more than a doff of the cap to Frank Lloyd Wright with its deep overhang eaves and low-slung horizontal lines, the single storey house is essentially a cluster of three linked pagodas or blocks. It has six bedrooms, three per side, and a mid-section building devoted to entertainment and living. It has a big drawing room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room and bars. Sheltered behind is an outdoor heated swimming pool, pool house and courtyard. A number of the house’s bedrooms have a double aspect.
It is within a short drive of two hospitals, two third level colleges, the resurgent Ballincollig and is near to the Ballincollig bypass.
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