Design takes the long view

VIEWS over the Bride Valley and a location with a panoramic sweep of the Galtees, Knockmealdowns, and Comeragh Mountains are some of the attractions of this Rathcormac house.

It’s a new, architect-designed build with under eight acres of land — within a mile and a half of the M8 in north Cork. Completed in the last year, it’s been a while in gestation, and that’s not surprising as it has a long, rangy design, with two, co-joined modules including a veranda at the rear. The house is contemporary and fresh, with an unpredictable layout, but open-plan suits today’s families.

For new owners, there’s still the opportunity to be creative: one of the dormer spaces is yet to be subdivided and would add more room to the existing, five-bed layout.

Located at Ballynanelagh, Rathcormac, the property is an easy commute to Cork city, and comes with impressive grounds and a very private setting.

Most of the land is in pasture and runs below the house, and the driveway is unique, says Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan agent, Michael O’Donovan, as it curves backwards and forwards to the main road. An old, abandoned dwelling and outhouses at the entrance could be a restoration project in the future, guest accommodation, or a summer let, even.

At the moment, the house has 2,900 square feet of space, but with the attic converted it would bring the square footage up to 4,000 — not a small house, by any means.

Like a good, modern property, it has under-floor heating installed, which means no cold spots in this essentially, open-plan house.

And there isn’t a mean room here, from the central entrance hallway, (a lengthy 60’ by almost 10’) to the kitchen of 20’ by 25’ to the living room of 25’ by 17’.

The generosity extends to a fine bathroom, good utility and separate pantry adjoining the kitchen, as well as a cloakroom and hot press off the hallway.

In the bedroom wing, there’s a luxury master with semi-solid floor, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom and three other double rooms, served by the large, family bathroom.

Then, overhead, there’s a fifth bedroom with shower room, followed by a lounge and office, or sixth bedroom. This space could almost be self-contained and might suit a family with a nanny, or independent children.

An interesting and attractive house, it doesn’t come cheap either, at €695,000, but, then, a buyer is getting the full hobby-farm package, with a gleaming house, well-managed paddocks and completed landscaping in a location close to Fermoy and Cork city.

Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan are the selling agents and they’re open to offers on the house, which will suit a family looking for the full, country lifestyle, but with luxury.

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