Bliss ‘n beauty in Belgooly

Location: Belgooly, Cork

Bliss ‘n beauty in Belgooly

There’s quite a country lifestyle, as well as home/ work options, to be had at this large, architect-designed family home called The Martingales.

Likely to date to the 1980s, and built in two linked sections or wings, there’s over 3,000 sq ft of living space here on offer at this Belgooly setting, between Kinsale and Cork city, and just off that main road.

It’s on a site of three-quarters of an acre, which include polytunnels and veg beds, as well as a dog run, plus there’s a 400 sq ft detached garage for even more living and hobby options.

Selling agent is Trish Stokes of Lisney. who guides it at €535,000 and who recalls selling it to its current owners a decade or two ago. Now, with family grown up, it’s downsizing time already, and it’s good to go for new occupants.

Although an assuredly modern-looking home from outside, with a number of feature angular projecting windows, traditional design touches include hefty raised roof barges on all the gables, which generally gives extra shelter and security to roof tiles or slates in high winds, as well as visually compressing a house’s long roof lines. However, it’s the fact this house is set in two linked blocks is what reduces its visual bulk, especially from the front, though from a side view, there’s no mistaking the amount of accommodation here for occupants.

Apart from the six listed bedrooms, there’s other accommodation here, described variously as teen den, home office, a study and a laundry; there’s scope for even more bedrooms for a possible mix of family rooms and B&B guest rooms with en suites (four en suites in all). Further making this a viable option is the fact the 20’ by 20’ detached garage is already set up for laundry too, and being just off the Kinsale-Cork road means just a tiny detour to capture paying guests.

Overall condition inside The Martingales is excellent and fresh, says Ms Stokes, and the use of sand and cement plaster finish on walls inside gives a bit of softening, country feel.

Unusually, for a house of this size, the two main living rooms are quite narrow, with 20’-plus lengths, but each only about 10’ wide. Pushing back into the 21’ by 12’ kitchen/dining room behind might be an option, but it would mean moving all the kitchen units plus the recently-fitted glass splash-back behind the range cooker. Kitchen units have granite tops and other decor upgrades include some redone en suites.

There’s so much space here, this would almost be an easy house to divide among generations, or to have a home office or business in. Alternatively, just fill it with children - and indulge them.

The gardens of three-quarter of an acre are compartmentalised, with lawns for goal posts and trampolines, lots of parking once past the electric gates, there’s sun trap patios, polytunnel, veg and fruit sections, tool shed, wood-drying store, and a dog run.

And, impressively for its age, The Martingales has scored a B3 BER rating, and with a few minor adjustments could move up to a B2, says Ms Stokes (BER assessment reports suggest how improvements can be made, and weighs costs.)

VERDICT: A handy setting between Cork, the airport and Kinsale, and if it was any closer to the coast the price would ratchet up.

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