Scheme gets a classical makeover

A CLASSICAL Victorian architectural style has been chosen for a small scheme of just eight homes, to be built by a Norman castle tower and a 18th century Martello Tower - and within earshot of chattering monkeys and roaring lions.

Developer Joe Neville & Co are to build eight 2,400 sq ft detached houses at Belvelly Bridge near Fota Estate and wildlife park.

The small development, just over Belvelly Bridge from Fota and on Great Island, will be one of the very few upmarket developments of detached houses east of Glounthaune and Cork city, says estate agent Andrew Moore, acting jointly with Colliers Jackson Stops.

The eight houses are being built on three acres, allowing plenty of open area around the scheme which is just under construction behind a landmark Martello tower.

This tower is itself being renovated by a couple who have restored a small number of important period homes in Cork city.

These new €480,000 houses in Cois Fota have four bedrooms, or five bedrooms if occupants want one at ground level instead of a study, and living areas include playroom, sitting room, kitchen/dining room and a conservatory.

Each house has an integrated garage with utility behind, and this gives even more ground floor expansion scope for those looking down the line.

Architect is Richard Rainey, based in Kinsale, who is getting an increasing number of residential developments, and builders Joe Neville are also Kinsale-based and well regarded for finish and delivery. Nevilles’ previous developments including the sell-out Cois Coilte apartments in Tivoli, the Maltings and the Granary in Midleton and The Exchange Buildings and other schemes in Kinsale.

Site size is circa 0.25 of an acre per house, and features include double height entrance hall, double bay fronted facade, Victorian-style finials on the slate roof and ornate facias, oil heating with double glazing, as well as wiring for alarm and computer points in all bedrooms.

Cork city is about 10 miles away, Cobh is six miles, and the area is full of natural amenities and wildlife sanctuaries - as well as the wildlife park at Fota, the Irish Open golf course is also nearby at Fota with other courses scattered around East Cork, and Cobh has sailing and water sports.

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