House of the week

House deals in the €700,000-€800,000 price bracket have been agreed in Cork’s environs in recent days, for an immaculate Victorian semi-d on the Blackrock Road, and again at Spur Hill for a 3,250 sq ft modern home on three acres: both houses had featured extensively in these pages, and found bidders and buyers very smartly.

House of the week

And that’s exactly what the owner of An Garran is now hoping for too.

Located at Dromin, Tower, within 15-20 minutes commute of Cork City, An Garran is a sizeable quality home finished to a high spec, on four acres, ready to move into. It carries a €779,000 price guide with agent Robert Harkin, who says that is way below the cost of building to this level. He also notes it is within a 15-minute commute for buyers working at the CUH or MUH.

This modern build, with more going on underneath the skin than its quite traditional facades might suggest, was built initially back in 2003, was bought in 2006 and immediately remodelled and doubled in size. It now stands at 3,750 sq ft, all to a uniformly high standard. It’s heated by geothermal sources, with piping laid out in its fairly extensive grounds, and heat is then supplied underfloor. Total energy costs for the year, primarily electricity which also pumps the heated water underfloor, comes in at a very reasonable €2,500 pa — hugely impressive for a family home with so much accommodation. And, for those who just love a blast of real heat, there are solid fuel stoves in the high-ceilinged sun room, the main triple-aspect living room, and there’s even an integrated stove in the wall of the library/office/den, inset into a wall of bookshelves for bibliophiles.

Most of the ground floor rooms are tiled in a large creamy tile, the hall’s a bit different with a chequerboard pattern, and some of the bathrooms have black slate tiled floors. Adding colour inside and out are the Munster Joinery Heritage range double glazed windows, in a deep red hue, working well as a contrast or foil against the walls’ grey render or grey Castlehaven stone facades, while Liscannor flags ring much of the exterior patios and paths.

The house has a mix of full two-storey and dormer spaces, with feature arch windows a recurring motif in the stairs return, the sun room, and on the master bedroom’s gable, framing a chaise longue that almost looks lost on the expanse of varnished timber flooring.

Set just off Kiely’s Lane at Dromin, Tower, this family home is immensely private, on a landscaped acre or two with feature hedging around the drive as you drop down to the house’s south-facing entrance, with parking for cars, jeeps and horse-boxes. There’s several acres left of paddock and grazing, but as yet no stables, while the detached double garage has been done out as a home gym, garden store and more.

The energy-efficient house has particularly large living areas as well as that library, sun room, toy room and kitchen/dining with walnut timber units (made by Martin Murphy) topped with white granite from Hickeys. All of the bathrooms are well done with white sanitary ware and tiles, plus some small feature tiles which won’t date too rapidly.

Three of the bedrooms have en suites, the master bedroom (with vaulted ceilings) suite has a double power shower and a large Jacuzzi bath, and the other two bedrooms share a ’Jack and Jill’ suite between them.

Decor and finishes speak of quality, and there’s broadband, an alarm, a master-key system to cut down on key-carrying needs, and the ground floor layout was designed to be wheelchair or ‘whole-life’ friendly.

LOCATION: Tower, Cork

PRICE: €779,000

SIZE: 345 (3,720 sq ft)

BEDROOMS: 5

BATHROOMS: 5

BER RATING: B1

BEST ASSET: Space and quality

VERDICT: A great amount of space indoors and out, with acres for kids and ponies, and a solid, countryside-friendly house design that won’t date.

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