Spacious home has a touch of class

IT might look old, but it’s a period home copy – in fact, it is possibly better than the original.

So claims estate agent Daniel Lehane of Under Hill House, on a couple of acres of ground just off the Clonakilty Road in west Cork’s Dunmanway.

Built 15 years ago by local business couple, Sonny and Mary Maybury, who owned the Parkway Hotel (originally the Bostonian and now being run by their son Martin), Under Hill House is a 5,500 sq ft family home which was built on the site of a derelict and abandoned older house.

It is a far grander affair than its more modest predecessor, which had passed the point of no return, notes Mr Lehane as he brings the period-style house on two acres to market.

The owners are now trading down with family rearing duties done and their home carries a €745,000 asking price. It is, says Mr Lehane, exquisitely finished and proportioned, with a large hall and landing – the hall alone is over 400 sq ft. Its several living rooms are all very well sized – average proportions are around 22’ by 17’.

Thanks to its overall size, the house has six bedrooms, five of them upstairs and all are en suite. Cleaning is simple, thanks to a central vacuum system.

Under Hill House is up a long and landscaped approach avenue beyond a pillared entrance, with lots of parking to the rear and the site’s gentle slope allows for an impressive stepped entrance and terraces, while there’s a stone-faced double garage for cars and boats.

The grounds have been heavily worked on and enhanced with a woodland walk, there’s an ornate pond with wooden bridge and statuary and, off in the distance, is the Doheny’s GAA Sam Maguire Park pitch.

Inside, attention to detail has been paid to ceiling coving and cornices, ornate finials, quality stair spindles, and the 23’ by 16’ kitchen (with Aga) has a distinctive pitch-pine ceiling done in a herringbone pattern.

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