Fine big house with a surprising basement

IT’S a fine big house, but this detached property at Rahan, Mallow, hides a secret — a mirror image basement.

And the 2,496 square feet logged on the brochure doesn’t take into account the room below.

Basements are a rare thing in Irish houses, because of problems with damp, but new building methods ensure that our soggy climate won’t impinge on living down below.

Access to the basement of this Rahan house is from outside at the moment, says, John Singleton of Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan, but there is the space for a staircase in the utility, which would open up the basement from inside, he adds.

The options are endless: snooker room with gym, playroom, guest accommodation or storage — whatever — but for growing families this is a superb bonus.

And while the exterior of this property follows a familiar, Dutch-dormer plan, there’s a certain flourish to the house that lifts it above average.

For instance, the open-tread and suspended staircase makes a contemporary statement in the large, double-height hallway.

And there’s a big wraparound deck at the back taking in views of the Galtees and across country to Mitchelstown.

Really, all the work is done here, including the beloved extras, like a sunroom and landscaped gardens. The Rahan house is a turnkey proposition and is on the market at a reduced guide of €450,000, down from €550,000.

The ground floor has no wasteful corridors, instead all of the rooms open off the impressive central hallway. There’s a full-length kitchen diner on one side, with triple aspect, leading through to the sunroom projection.

On the other, there’s a formal lounge, a ground-floor bedroom and guest bathroom with a utility located to the back of the house.

The dormer level has three bedrooms, including a master with dressing room and bathroom en suite and a family bathroom.

The house is less than half-an-hour by road to Cork and 10 minutes from Mallow (with a commuter rail link to the city).

For buyers in the north Cork area looking to trade up, this Rahan house is well worth a look over.

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