Enjoy rural living close to city

BIG, prosperous farms abound in the south Cork hinterland near Minane Bridge, and proximity to the sea adds to its desirability as a rural living location.

It is just a few miles out from Carrigaline, with beaches nearby at Ringabella, Roberts Cove and Rocky Bay for ocean-wave white horses, and there’s real horse riding virtually alongside this new market arrival via Dennehy Auctioneers.

If planning wasn’t such a tightly controlled issue, the fields around Minane Bridge would be swamped with one-off homes for those wanting fresh air and private grounds — after all, Cork city centre can be a 30-minute commute, if you don’t hit Carrigaline at the wrong time.

Those planning restrictions serve to underpin the values of existing dwellings, and that was the case when the owners of this rural cottage decided to add to its space and comforts, on its quarter-acre site.

The Cottage, a detached family home just in off the road, with good graveled parking, has a surprising four bedrooms on its upper level — there’s even an option of a fifth bedroom in a 15’ by 9’ ground-floor family room.

There are what the agents call ‘sea glimpses’ from the property back to picturesque Ringabella Bay, and it’s not a bad spot to keep a small boat in, with access to the sea at Fountainstown when the tide is up.

The cottage has probably increased in size by about 50% from its original stone wall status, and there’s now a mix of comfort (oil central heating, plus back-boiler in the sitting room’s open stone fireplace) and older-style charm, say Dennehys, which seeks €430,0000 for the property which is set on mature grounds, with old stone walls, lawns and shelter belt.

Rooms inside include a fairly decent-sized sitting room with garden access and stone fireplace, dining room, family room/fifth bedroom, kitchen with utility, and ground level WC/shower room. Overhead are four bedrooms, with Velux windows, and a bathroom.

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