Heading up the slow rise of Corrin Hill, just on the Cork side of Fermoy on the main Cork-Dublin road, sharp-eyed passers-by might spot a little bit of the Tyrol in the native Irish trees.
This is a wooden house with a bit of local, and international, resonances.
Built by the Griffner-Coillte partnership in the mid-2000s, this Co Cork house served as a showhouse for the company’s product, and is now being offered for sale for the first time.
Griffner-Coillte came about in 2003, with the 25-year-old Austrian off-site manufacturing company meeting our national forestry company, and this house was one of a number built over a four-year period from their plant in Mullingar. Griffner bought out Coillte’s 70% stake in 2007, rebranding its Irish offering as Griffner-Haus, with production moving back to Austria.
This c 2,500 sq ft Griffner Coillte house is from the company’s Classic Range, a detached four-bed home on a two-acre site, natural, sloping and gorse-strewn site on historic Corrin Hill, home to 270 acres of forestry and a cairn.
From the top of the 700’ hill there are views of the Nagles, Galtees, Knockmealdowns, Blackwater valley and river, and the town of Fermoy.
The view from this house isn’t too meagre either, south and east-facing, with views to Co Waterford, as well as the more proximate large and quite dramatic new Cork Marts site just off the N8 Cork-Dublin road.
Because of Corrin Hill’s prominence there are hardly any houses allowed to be built here; planning is all but impossible, says auctioneer Dan Howard of Dooley and Howard in Cork city, acting jointly here with Michael O’Donovan of Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan.
They seek offers around €630,000 for this one-off, which as an unoccupied new-build will be largely free of stamp duty for its new owners.
It is, as you’d expect from a system build, a well-finished, precision product, with a B1 energy BER rating. It would have been up in the As, except for its lack of solar collector and its high internal ceilings, up to 20’ high in rooms like the master bedroom.
All rooms within are large, bright and airy, the whole back section is effectively open-plan across the full width, including a bay window opening to a swathe of decking.
Floors are nearly all wood, except for the hall and three bathrooms, and ceilings downstairs are exposed timber cladding and sturdy glulam beams.
Outside, the house is a mix of render down low, with treated timber cladding above, and roof pitches are steep, with large overhangs, designed surely for snowier climes than we usually get.