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Rose Martin is impressed by the quality and space of suave Stone Lodge.

TAKE one fairly average bungalow, add a good site, a top of the market sale and throw in a heavy duty makeover. What do you get?

You get Stone Lodge, at Cloughphilip, Tower, Co Cork, a house that’s been transformed into a suave but comfortable, modern home, which is now way down in price to €550,000 from a previous guide of close to double that.

And like most of the property stories at the moment, there has been more money put in than a sale will realise, so it’s quids up for buyers looking for a west city property in the area.

With Apple now employing upwards of 2,200 people a few miles away, Tower is a great location for Hollyhill workers, as it’s a zip up the road, so to speak.

Stone Lodge, is an upper market buy and it comes with some features worthy of a boutique hotel.

The master bedroom, for instance, has two walls of windows, double doors to the patio, a full luxury bathroom and an integrated sitting room combined with office area and flame-effect fireplace to boot. It’s the job.

The second en suite bedroom is also well fitted and large, while the third and fourth rooms are single, but with pure wool carpets and quality finish.

The detail is unstinting here and the structural changes, such as raising the main entrance hallway to roof level and inserting a Velux, are clever and stylish.

The south/west orientation of the main living room has been capitalised on to create a living/sun room using large glazing elements in the facade. With dimensions of 22’ by 16’, this is a perfectly proportioned space and behind it, there’s a smaller family room which in turn links through to the south-east facing kitchen/diner.

Again, this is a top quality contemporary space, with a layout that’s interesting and ergonomic. The dining area to the rear with lots of glass and double doors to the courtyard patio which has outstanding views – as far away as Cork Airport.

Considering the drop in the price, the pret-a-porter nature of the layout and the convenience to Tower village and city, this is one to look over for families looking for space. Frank Walsh of O’Mahony Walsh is the man to contact.

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