A good buy for city types who prefer the country life

SCOOT past the Glanmire roundabout, take the first left after the turn for Dublin Pike and then another right turn to take you to Kilcoolishel, Glanmire.

The location is a leafy oasis on the rim of Cork city.

Big houses, grand houses and country cottages are all part of the mix, as is this 1960s house called Coolgreen.

Built by one of the Nicolson family (founders of the Woodford Bourne brand), the property is architect-designed on a site of half an acre, its south-facing grounds with views over the tree tops towards East Gate in Little Island.

The approach to the house is short — most of the ground runs to the rear, but there’s plenty of parking to the front, where a double garage is installed.

The house has a simple look; windows are narrow on the north-facing approach, with corridors kept to this side also, and most of the rooms face south.

There are additions to two sides of the property: one has a utility/ storage function and the other is a sunroom on the south-western side. In between is the main two-storey bulk of the house with its double-sized drawing room in the centre and kitchen and sunroom to either side.

The drawing room has big picture windows and a white marble fireplace, which is one of the main features of the room.

Double doors lead out to a tiered deck, which is perfect for parties, in fact all of the rooms are, as they run into one another.

On the upper floor, there are four bedrooms ranged around the landing with an en suite master, two double rooms, a single bedroom and main bathroom. The ground floor has a guest suite off the wide, entrance hallway.

Offers in the region of €950,000 are being invited by Billy Casey of Casey and Kingston Auctioneers.

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