Hillside home stands above the rest

HIGH up on a hill, in a green valley setting five miles from West Cork’s Bantry at Glandart, is The Hawthorns - a house that’s head and shoulders above the countryside norm in terms of size, finish and style.

Hillside home stands above the rest

Bantry, West Cork


Sq m 224 (2,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4

BER Rating: B3

Best Feature: Contemporary edge

The top-notch 2,500 sq ft modern build looks traditional in its two-storey structure, but is effectively double-depth, with lots of deft design twists to its outline, facade and gables.

Internally, it’s even more intriguing, with lofty apex window and access to a balcony for valley views, and from the first floor landing with skew-angled feature staircase, with glass balustrade.It’s also split-level, with the two house sections staggered on the site’s slopes, so some rooms both upstairs and down have a couple of steps as features.

Agent Pat Maguire in Skibbereen seeks offers of €350,000 after it went to market in late summer and he describes it as spectacular and contemporary family home, on a private, elevated three-quarter acre site with pond and detached garage - and a panorama of hill-peaked views.

Features include a wood-burning stove in the porcelain-tiled sitting room, with French door access to a sweep-around deck, and high-spec kitchen, and two of the four bedrooms are en suite.

VERDICT: Worth the trek.

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