Apple Cottage didn’t fall far from the tree

Trish Dromey takes a look at a 1930s Co Cork cottage that has been given a new lease of life

Macroom,Co Cork - €250,000

Sq m 126 (1,356 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER: B3

TRANSFORMING a 1930s cottage into this stylish highly glazed home took imagination as well as a little inspiration taken from watching Dermot Bannon’s Room to Improve programme on the TV.

“Sometimes, I roll my eyes when I hear him talking about windows — but he is right about the importance of light,’’ says the owner who went all out on the windows when she set about renovating a cottage at Bealnamorrive near Macroom which she inherited from her grandmother.

Gutting and re-roofing, she didn’t alter the size or the shape of the property, although the flat roofed extension added in the 1970s now looks dramatically different with huge floor to ceiling windows and patio doors.

The owner wanted modern and bright, but not shiny and new, and had quite definite ideas about décor — taken from looking at a lot of interior design magazines and watching house renovation programmes.

“I wanted to make it a bit different — to have all natural light and not to have clutter.’’

The grey and white kitchen with timber effect tiled flooring and huge windows is ultra modern and chic.

Keeping clutter to a minimum meant not putting in over counter units — there are full height white ones on one wall as well as grey ones under a long counter.

The well-lit dining area has an eclectic mix of second-hand furniture and a large print of Gustav Klimpt’s famous painting The Kiss, which livens up the grey and white with a splash of deep yellow.

The timber floored living room with huge windows, white walls and one teal coloured one, is equally modern and minimalist.

The ground floor has two laminate floored neutral coloured bedrooms, including one with an en suite and high gloss white wardrobes.

Upstairs there are two more bedrooms, but here neutrality went out the window and the influence is more Disney Princess than Dermot Bannon.

One of the pink bedrooms has double doors opening on to the flat roof although the owner never got around to creating the planned roof garden.

Sourced in Poland, the windows that went in during the cottage renovation are grey, pivot and tilt, and triple glazed.

The owner also went all out on the energy rating by adding some internal dry lining and putting wrap-around insulation on the entire property.

With triple glazing, a high level of insulation and oil heating, Apple Cottage gets a B3 BER.

On a site of half an acre, the property has a field surrounded by trees and a graveled area with a small patio.

There aren’t any apple trees there now, but there used to be when her grandmother lived there — which is why she gave it its name.

Apple Cottage within a five minute walk from the tiny village of Bealnamorrive which has a church, a primary school, and one pub.

Macroom is five miles to the west and Coachford five miles to the east.

Seeking offers of €250,000.

Tom Heffernan of Heffernan Estates says this is a unique contemporary property which stands out.

VERDICT: Bang up to date country cottage



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