Looking grand near strand in Monkstown

Tommy Barker visits Glencourt, a century-old harbour-side home.

CALLING all sailors – Monkstown in Cork harbour is about to host a traditional wooden boat festival next weekend June 26 and 27, and has planning permission just granted for a 285 berth marina as well.

Now, a waterfront home on the Strand Road is set to be a safe berth for new owners too.

Fresh to market after 32 years in the same family’s care is Glencourt, a century-old home within windspray-whipping distance of the water by Raffeen Creek.

The creek across the water is a noted bird sanctuary, with the public path alongside a bracing spot for cardiovascular exercise – locals call it Coronary Road after the number of post-op patients advised to exercise here!.

And, in a straight view across to Ringskiddy, the MV Julia and Brittany Ferries vessels regularly hove into view. Truly, much of Monkstown’s charms are harbour focused, and – like Cobh – it has some of the best period domestic architecture in Cork.

The Strand Road, home to Glencourt, has a fine mix of Georgian through Victorian homes. The duo next door are called Albert and Victoria after Queen Victoria’s visit to Cork harbour, Cobh/Queenstown and Monkstown/Passage West in 1849.

A detached, four-bedroomed almost modest-seeming home with a pristine, period-sensitive interior but also full creature comforts, Glencourt hits the market with Stephen Clarke of O’Donoghue Clarke auctioneers.

He says it is open to offers around €550,000, adding that the Monkstown location is proving one of the better in Cork for holding good house values – thanks to all the attributes of the highly-commutable location.

This house’s aspect is south-easterly, but the sun seems to track around the house’s various rooms bringing light at key times of the day – and the front garden is a day-long sun-trap, notes the vendor.

A charming house, full of interior quirks and original features, it nonetheless has had extensive modifications and upgrades over the three decades of family occupation, including reordering of spaces and taking down thick stone walls.

It has four individual, bright, Shaker-style bedrooms, sparingly presented with input from interior designer Sarah Murphy, and graced by the owner’s own antique furniture and finds. Two are side by side in front, a third is down a few steps over an attached garage. The fourth is behind, off the stair return, while the main family bathroom has been fully re-specced, with a chic new double-ended bath, plus shower.

Downstairs, the two front reception rooms have now been knocked into one large living space, almost 20’ by 20’, with newly installed double-glazed hardwood French doors to the front garden. Similarly proportioned fireplaces face one another across this room. One can imagine, when both are lit, what it may feel like to be a slice of bread, gently toasting in the heat. “It’s a great winter house,” agrees the owner.

The kitchen, behind, is a smaller affair, with quality quartz worktops and access to a side patio/terrace and thence to the attached garage. Although they’s really only the one extra large living room now, there’s good circulation spaces (ideal for displaying the owner’s art and paintings) and for buyers who don’t need all four bedrooms, a couple could easily be used for study/office/studio/TV room in new ownership.

The back of the 1,650 sq ft property’s compact site rises up to mature trees behind the boundary, and there’s off-street parking for a car or a dinghy or two as well.

Roll on next week’s regatta.

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