Wood setting adds to this home’s appeal

Tommy Barker

The former wooded grounds of Monkstown Castle in Cork have been carved up into one-off, individual house sites, sold on a steady trickle since the early 1990, and while the development notion in such a natural setting initially might have stricken fear into the hearts of many, the delivery slotted between the trees is hard to fault.

The mature demesne grounds, almost a gated community in feeling, but with public access, are still an exceptional setting, with the castle remains now fenced off at the inland gate entrance. The woodland appears well able to swallow up several dozen new homes, with just the last few sites now being built on (the last sites sold in the last year or so for c E160,000).

Part of Monkstown golf course cuts through the demense, and players even drive off across part of the through road, and the houses built here vary enormously in style and size: the only thing they have in common is that there isn’t a cheap home among them.

Styles here range among the c 30 houses from recreated country farmhouses to contemporary stone, wood and glass affairs, with domestic decking, balconies and even swimming pools glimpsed among the trees.

Up for sale right now and with a retro, Tudor look is Woodleigh, a detached five-bed home, on the market with Ann O’Mahony of Sherry FitzGerald, with offers over E600,000 sought.

It was built about six years ago, has two of its five bedrooms ensuite (one with dressing room), good living quarters in a 2,200 sq ft layout, and comes on a quarter acre site in a ‘V’ between two of the demesne’s internal roads.

There’s lots of wood in Woodleigh, starting at the hall floor and rolling inwards through a solid wood fitted kitchen, study floor and up to the bedrooms as well.

Rooms include kitchen/breakfast room with French doors to the garden, family room and lounge, each with raised brick fireplaces and spot lighting, and there’s a formal dining room via double doors off the lounge.

There’s also an office area, study, guest bathroom and utility.

Woodleigh has five bedrooms, most with laminate wood floors, two ensuites, a dressing room in the master bedroom plus a main bathroom. It has mains services and oil central heating.

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