TAKE two organised people, give them a site, a couple of years and stir in some gardening and finishing.
The result is Glencaum, Grenagh.
It helps that one’s an engineer and the other, a wicked gardener and that both believe in “wasting” space for a touch of drama.
There’s a full height kitchen/living room in this detached property that makes it a cut above. But it’s not all flashes of vacant space that makes a good house even better — it’s the quality of the finish. Glencaum is painstakingly finished. Years in the hard winters of Canada gave plenty of experience in air-tightness and insulation and the less than exacting approach to window-sealing here was quickly dealt with. The result is that Glencaum is a snug, warm and totally sealed build — a top-class property ready for new owners.
Located off the main Cork/ Mallow road, just before Rathduff, it’s a point-reducing zip to Cork city, or a more steady, law-abiding 15 minutes.
Standing on its own, large site with farmland all around, (but neighbours too), it’s well within the daily commute limit.
And the technical details are all attended to: water is from a deep-bore pressurised well, so there’s power from every outlet and heating is underfloor with each room zoned. The house is a high bungalow, rather than a dormer and its low frame belies its total spread, which covers 3,200 square feet. As a couple who’ve moved many times, the vendors are canny in building, and there’s an ergonomic approach to the layout that only experience can provide. Glencaum isn’t brash: but it does speak volumes with its quality and the precision of the gardening. The facade is Liscannor stone, carried along in upright setts along the driveway with low-energy lighting, and the internal flooring is a mix of solid oak and tiles. Doors are oak and the kitchen, a vaulted space, is in Irish ash, built locally.
There are three large bedrooms to one side of the house at ground floor level and two more rooms overhead and three of the total are en suite.
The formal living room is a nicely symmetrical space off the main hallway (where corners will literally cut to give more circulation space). There’s unstinting quality here and it really is a move-in proposition. The vendors are off to rejoin their family in Canada and hence the sale of Glencaum with Robert O’Keeffe of Irish and European, who’s quoting €565,000 for the 3,200 square foot house.