Multi-faceted two-storey property will appeal to horsey enthusiasts

THIS is a serious spread on the outskirts of Cork city and with its top-class equipment and layout, it’s certainly going to appeal to horsey enthusiasts.

More importantly, however, is its location. Smack bang in the greenbelt, it’s easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for an ‘outsider’ to achieve planning permission here.

And big, two-storey houses are also rare which makes this detached property one of the grab-it-when-you-see-it jobs, especially as it also comes with 4.5 acres of paddocked ground.

Best of all, it is still only a twenty minute drive to town, with schools just down the road and excellent amenities in nearby Ballincollig, Tower and Blarney.

Located at Bridgestown, Inniscarra, the build was overseen by its engineer owner. This house is rock solid. It’s a simple structure but offers maximum space and is fully south-facing at the rear with five, bright bedrooms on the second floor arranged around a large landing.

The country kitchen, with Stanley, runs across the back of the house and double doors lead to a big patio area.

The family living room and more formal lounge are arranged off a big, square entrance hallway and have east and west aspects, respectively, with north-facing windows taking in views of far away hills.

The site rises slightly to the rear with a little wooded hill as a backdrop and there is room on both sides for morning and evening patios, or, perhaps, an extension.

However, the house has ample space as is, and it has the benefit of an 800 square-foot double garage, which, with its domestic-standard, top floor, could provide independent accommodation for a family member or an employee, like a nanny or stable hand.

Because with the operation that’s possible here, you could easily find enough work for one, if not two, full-time people.

The lower part of the property, running down to a quiet country road, is where the nuts and bolts of this equestrian property are situated.

The horse walking area is the piece de resistance, with paddocks to the side and below. There are five double stables, plus tack room and storage shed, built on one side of the site. This is screened from the house, set at the end of a long driveway, by good planting.

One remaining paddock with road frontage could have site potentia, as the area is zoned for limited rural housing, says selling agent, Terence O’Leary of Property Partners O’Mahony Walsh.

As Mr O’Leary says, the number of horses in fields is a good indiction of the strength of the economy.

He’s giving a sensible, if not reasonable guide of €975,000 for this multi-faceted property, which also has potential as a riding stables or livery business.

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