Exceptionally well built, says estate agent Daniel Lehane, and with 2,300 sq ft of space, this large family home is already getting interest, just one week on the market.
One reason is the reasonable €395,000 asking price, which is low in general, but also possibly reflects its inland status. “A steal, priced for a quick sale,” says Mr Lehane.
Three miles from Dunmanway, and 45 minutes from Cork city, it has a highly regarded quality west Cork pub, Cotters, just 200 metres away, and at night there’s the glow of lights from the nearby Clubhouse Crossroads to take away any fears of rural isolation.
“The setting and site may surprise any potential buyer with the fact that it is less than 10 years old, as the elegant winding drive to the front door, the maturing planting and the seclusion of the residence would make it seem that it has been there for the last 100 years,” says Mr Lehane. He expects and is getting interest from the town of Dunmanway, from families looking to trade up and move out a bit but not too far away either (there’s a national school a mile away.) Some early UK interest is also shown, he remarks, despite Sterling’s most recent dips.
The owners, who built it painstakingly in traditional blockwork with some feature stone cladding and by direct labour, are now downsizing, and there’s been as much attention paid to the exterior and grounds as inside. There’s electric access gates, stone and brick pillars, and a long, curving tarmac private approach drive, while planting includes beech, ash, sycamore and fruit trees.
The decoration is bright and modern, with slate tile and oak floors in the kitchen, a brick archway from the kitchen to the living room and two steps down to the wood-sheet ceilinged sun-room are done out in a rich terracotta tile.
Rooms include two reception rooms, sun room, office, kitchen/dining room with units in solid ash, utility and guest WC, while overhead are four bedrooms, one en suite with a bay window and a main bathroom with good sanitary ware provision.
The property mix, appealing to its own wide mix “and one of the nicest houses I’ve listed in quite a while,” adds local agent Daniel Lehane, includes a detached garage.
There’s also a patio/seating area to the south of the residence, fenced off and with sandstone patio slabs and creamy cobbles.