House of the week

WELCOME to Kilva, the family home that grew and grew.

Today, this Midleton, East Cork home is a large, six-bed bungalow with some attitude (and interior altitude) on a two-thirds of an acre country site — so room inside and out for a family to colonise.

It wasn’t always so large, notes Helen Kearney of CCM Property Services in Midleton, who floats Kilva fresh on the 2012 market at €350,000.

Its central core was a quite modest bungalow, built around the late 1970s, but it was shaken out of its then-modest comforts when it was extended on both ends around 2006 by its current owners, considerably boosting its size to its current 2,750 sq ft.

It is all quite adaptable, with in essence two front doors, and two back doors, one of which is a half-door. According to Ms Kearney, this allows the house to be split up quite easily for those who want to work from home, or to share it with a another generation or family: alternatively, it just means loads of options for getting in and out.

Now, not only does it fit in six bedrooms of which two are en suite, plus a main family bathroom, but there’s also some dramatic-shaped new rooms, with soaring cathedral-type ceilings in at

least one, the 22’ by 11’ livingroom/sunroom with its chimney breast set in a central, glazed gable position in one of the new wings.

Then, in the spirit of generous spaces, the main living room/dining room is a whopping 25’ by 19’, with exposed ceiling beams, and a feature fairface grey brick wall contrasting with a rough plastered chimney breast around an open fire: this room then links to the smaller, practical 11’ by 6’ kitchen. Flooring is a mix of tile and timber, with timber-sheeted ceilings in several room.

One of the six possible bedrooms is upstairs under vaulted ceilings in one of the new wings, and is described by CCM as also perfect for home office use, with an overhead Velux and a large gable window picking up some of the (distracting!) general rural views. Two bedrooms are en suite, there’s a main bathroom with bath, plus a guest WC.

Location is three or four miles east of Midleton, en route to Cloyne, so this puts it within an easy drive of beaches and local East Cork beauty spots, while Cork city’s about a 30 minute commute.

Extra features of Kilda include solar panels for hot water (zoned central heating is oil fired), a large detached garden shed which is insulated and has a power supply for workshop uses, a walled-in patio off the sun room, nice rural setting, and gardens of two thirds of an acre.

VERDICT: Selling agents CCM say there’s already good interest in this new-to market home given the handy location, house size and bedrooms tally and its adaptability, as well as some of its characterful spaces.

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