On a cold winter’s day the countryside is laid out in all its Christmas card glory.
Trees glimmer with hoar frost and the whited-out city below glitters under warm, winter sunshine.
This is the kind of day where, despite the bare knuckle ride of iced roads, living in the country has never seemed like a better idea.
But this isn’t really country, it’s more super-urban: the South Ring is just a couple of miles away and Ballincollig is over the next valley.
And while the house has a masterly position at Ravakeel, Waterfall, it has a cluster of neighbours close by, but enough land for privacy.
This house has been on the market before, but it’s a familiar story now. It was built in the boom and came up for sale just as the market collapsed.
It was launched at €1.6 million initially, but was then reduced to €1.2m, (with a reputed look-over by recent groom, Donncha O’Callaghan) and now is open to offers in excess of €995,000.
The house has a semi-shell finish in that it’s painted, plumbed, but needs a kitchen, flooring and the other bits and pieces that make a house a home. Rangy and tall, it has 5,000 square feet over three floors with an impressive mahogany staircase and wide landings on two floors. There are three reception rooms plus sunroom at ground level, two interconnecting on the right-hand side and the smaller family room, with access to the kitchen on the left.
The house has a double height bow to each wing and this allows plenty of south-facing light — enough to warm the rooms in the middle of the coldest spell in decades.
It also comes with a study, utility and a stand alone garage with separate bathroom that could provide independent accommodation, if needed. This space is also lofted, which means it’s very flexible.
The second floor has four good bedrooms with a full master suite running along the back of the house and including a bowed balcony taking in views east to Ballincollig and south to the city.
The remaining bedrooms are all en suite, with the second floor given over to a fifth bedroom and a potential games room, as well as other storage areas.
In all, this house is a superb, upper level buy, in that it addresses all the needs of a family looking for a large, one-off property.
There’s really very little to do and the grounds of an acre are fully finished, with electric entrance gates, stone walls and paddock fencing.
Minutes from Waterfall village, (where Earl’s Well houses are on the market at a million-plus), Ravakeel House offers an alternative to estate living at a high level.
Agents are Roy Lee of Lee Property Bandon and Cahalane Skuse.