Ideal riverside setting for country-set Holmlea

ABSOLUTE rarity — you’ll hardly get the chance again to build such a country-set house so close to one of the country’s fastest-growing towns.

Holmlea is built on a precious bit of riverside land, by the River Lee as it starts to flow by Ballincollig: it is close to the river, and has little else bar views of the Lee and green hillsides on either side in this niche valley setting.

Just to the east is the wonderful amenity of the Ballincollig Regional Park, westwards is a woods-fringed lane, about as countryish as you could ask, and just northwards is the arched Inniscarra Bridge, leading towards the old graveyard and the timepiece Cyclists’ Rest pub.

Yet, go a kilometre or so up the road to the south and you’re onto the main strip of newly rejuvenated Ballincollig itself, and the main Cork-Kerry/Macroom road.

Long time family roots must have helped in getting planning permission for Holmlea, but now the modern three-bed detached house on a three-quarter acre site has been offered up for sale.

Estate agent Timothy Sullivan seeks offers around e590,000.

Essentially two-storey, with a single storey side wing, it has a wood-floored hall, a 20’ by 13’ sitting room with bay window, similar-sized kitchen/breakfast room with range cooker and tiled floor, dining room, a sun room with the best of views, and a utility.

The ground level also fits in a study, a bedroom and a bathroom with separate shower.

Overhead there’s a master bedroom with walk-in robes, a second bedroom and a bathroom.

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