Great size, site and scenery

IN the week which saw the Blarney Golf Resort up for sale at €20 million, a house within driving range of the John Daly-designed course is for sale.

Gurt, Vicarstown is a bit of an enigma — a modern house, yet with all the looks of an older farmhouse. An unadorned, modest-looking dwelling, but one that packs a punch — there’s 4,500 square feet of space under its roof and gables.

It’s the kind of house that really has to be seen to be appreciated. Firstly, there’s the setting. The literature of the Blarney Golf Resort alludes to the stunning countryside — stand outside this house and you understand why. Undulating hills, good green pasture and old stands of timber frame a landscape painter’s delight. Yet Gurt is only 11 miles from Cork and five minutes to Tower.

However, this house is set well back from the road (big limestone pillars act as sentinels), and is wrapped in a 1.5 acre site marked by old field boundaries.

According to Kevin Condon, there’s a half-acre site ready to go, with a new boundary in place and it could provide a long-term investment, along with the house.

Two years ago, it would have fetched over a million, he says, but today the DNG Kevin Condon agent is looking for offers in the region of €775,000.

Finished just four years ago, the feel is of an older, country house.

Its long central hallway has three reception rooms to either side and a massive sunroom, kitchen/dining room at the end.

The site wraps all around the house, so whichever way a viewer looks there’s green to be seen.

Also, the house also comes with extra high ceilings and has a room for every aspect.

It’s a bit of a bargain, because if you add up the site cost and the build cost for a 4,500 square foot house, not including the vast amount of landscaping, you would come out with a sum well in excess of the guide.

And that’s without taking into account the extra half acre with site potential.

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