Period cottage is top of its class for convenience and space

THE LAURELS in Kerry Pike has always been the schoolteacher’s house, and the vendor is the last of six professionals to occupy it.

Right in the heart of this greater Cork village, the remnants of a footpath to the old school are still in the front garden, which was also once used by its selling agent, Finbarr Roche of Access Properties.

The old school is now a community centre and the bog behind has been transformed into a community facility with tennis and basketball courts and an adjoining GAA ground. And even though the post office and shop are long gone, a planned scheme on the city side of the village will provide a new neighbourhood centre. At the Tower end, a smart array of new homes are nearing completion by D&J Builders and rumours are these houses will be €850,000-plus.

In the meantime, however, The Laurels offers equally substantial accommodation at a much lower entry level. The five-bedroom period-feature cottage is on the market for offers around €650,000.

It has a big, square kitchen/ dining room with sun porch to the side, a family room and a formal sitting room with smashing period fireplace. High ceilings and big, deep windows are part of the look and, on the upper floor, wide dormer windows allow plenty of light into four bedrooms. Most of the rooms come with mirrored sliderobes and the fifth bedroom, or den, is over the kitchen and accessed via a bespoke spiral staircase.

And that’s not all: because the site slopes, there is a lower ground floor suite of rooms with separate access from a side lane. These former music rooms could make a consulting suite, for alternative or mainstream practitioners, and the annex includes a bathroom.

Because of the slope of the site, it would be possible to build a three-storey extension without upsetting the footprint very much. And that’s provided it’s needed as The Laurels offers the bones of 2,000 sq ft of space.

The front garden and sunny entrance porch are secluded behind high hedges, and the grounds at the rear come with gravelled yard and patio, and a separate storeroom/gym.

A property with great potential, in terms of partial commercial use, this 1884 house is primarily a family home.

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