Beauty out of the ordinary

HOW often do you see an Irish harp and a Welsh harp together – and in a regular, Irish home?

Not often, but then, this little beauty at Carrigadrohid, Co Cork is out of the ordinary and it’s musician owners are going out of the country.

Running to 3,500 square feet on a high perch overlooking the Lee Valley, the house is a blend of two-bed cottage and a smashing extension. .

The older section, which has two-bedrooms, a living room and utility/kitchen, could function as a separate, two bed granny/nanny house, but now serves as games room and teenage den.

Then, there’s a huge, square kitchen with a bank of units on two sides, a range cooker, large island and double doors that flood this big room with light. It also has a big dresser and the down-home feel is underlined by the quality, pippy oak kitchen.

Facing west, it lies behind an equally large, rectangular living room that’s perfect for a small concert. Which would probably be no problem in this house, judging by the range of instruments in the music room off the kitchen – including those harps.

On the eastern side of the house is the bedroom wing, along with three other bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study.

That list includes a master suite with eight-jet jacuzzi bath and free-standing shower unit, which while it sounds impressive is not pretentious.

And that’s the joy of this house, it’s built on a grand scale, but is entirely homely.

And there’s a large floored and Veluxed attic space to develop, if needed.

White Rock is on the market with John O’Mahony of Property Partners O’Mahony Walsh for offers in the region of €399,000 and has been reduced to sell – the minstrels of White Rock are wandering to Canada on a permanent basis.

Within half an hour’s commute from Cork, (in good traffic, mind), and a stroll to Carrigadrohid, White Rock offers real country living in one of the loveliest and most historic parts of the Lee Valley.

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