Gateway to housing scheme that’s out on his own

WHILE it’s not Abingdon, the exclusive Dublin estate, Woodborough, in the little village of Tower, Co Cork is another gated scheme.

Open since April of this year, the low-density, 19-house scheme now has 10 units sold, with a choice of two house styles.

The first was featured on these pages at the time of the initial launch, but the second showhouse wasn’t ready then — now it’s open in all its glory.

A completely different house — it has the flavour of a Regency lodge, particularly as the entrance is at half-landing level, with living rooms on the upper floor and bedrooms below.

All of the houses face full south with gardens getting longer as they progress along the row, and each detached property has really stunning views over the Inniscarra countryside.

A creamy palette on the outside, with wide fan doorway, top of the range groundwork by Whitford and garden design by Brian Cross marks this scheme out as a bit different.

Developers Coleman Bros have gone for a top-of-the-range product and that includes a smart home system with broadband, TV, phone and surround-sound home cinema, as well as a remote, programmable lighting and alarm system.

Centralised audio-visual systems allows use of radio, telly, DVDs and CDs in every room and even an iPod can be plugged in one room and heard all over the house — (perish the thought).

All of the kitchens are Scavolini, with thick granite worktops in cream, including pull-out dishwasher drawers: all appliances are Miele and come as part of the package.

Woodborough’s houses are run on gas, with neat little pressurised boilers tucked behind the high gloss kitchens and the central vacuum system can be emptied in the utility room.

There’s even a plinth-fitted vacuum in the kitchen to suck up floor sweepings — very handy.

Bathrooms are also to a high standard and come with Villeroy and Bosch fittings and Hansgrohe showers with Jacuzzi baths as standard.

Underfloor heating is used on both floors and is digitally controlled, and solid wood floors and wool carpets are fitted throughout.

Type A houses have a guide of e850,000 and come with four bedrooms, a large kitchen/living/dining and separate lounge, with fitted study overlooking the front driveway.

The master bedroom is ensuite, with walk-in dressing room and the second bedroom also comes ensuite: the remaining bedrooms share the main bathroom.

The ground floor also has a guest loo tucked under the main staircase and the living rooms open onto a sunny patio with tiered gardens below.

The external finish includes herringbone stone paving, limestone stills, cast iron gutters and drains and cobble-lock parking areas.

A fully finished product, the showhouse gives a good idea of what an up and running home at Woodborough could be like.

Design is by Catherine Troy of Chameleon Designs and the showhouse is open by appointment with Countrywide Homes.

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