Reenaroga is lovely by the water

Location: Rochestown

Reenaroga is lovely by the water

ONE of the owners of this house sells wedding finery, hats, tan products under her own Top Image brand in 500 Irish outlets, as well as fresh-water pearls – so home-hunters might well be wooed and won by the refined Reenaroga.

Called after a West Cork wooded coastal spot Reenaroga is this Rochestown, Cork home, also with a water aspect, which has been home to image consultant Marion Creedon Hegarty and her husband Cormac Hegarty, who built this place back in 2004: it’s just now new to market.

Backing onto the Douglas/Mahon estuary and Cork harbour’s reaches, the lofty detached three-storey home with quality attic rooms was built to a traditional template, complete with timber sliding sash double-glazed windows, and with lots of good quality internal joinery in hardwood, including stairs and screening framed internal windows between the entry hall and main drawing room.

Its centrepiece is the garden’s fountain and feature, created by Cormac Hegarty from limestone salvaged from the old Bandon town Post Office.

Now, coming up on 11 years in (part-time) occupation, the owners of Rochestown’s Reenaroga are trading down and moving on, set to base themselves more fully in West Cork’s ‘real’ Reenaroga where their hearts (and another house) are.

“My son Tom Creedon is now based in Hong Kong, we’re hardly ever in Rochestown, and as a result the house is as-new, it’s like a fine dress rarely worn, with the tags still on” quips Marion.

Estate agent Conor Smith of Casey and Kingston listed this Rochestown ‘designer’ one-off just in the run-up to Christmas, and guides at €850,000, given its size and scope, setting and quality.

Unlike Reenaroga in West Cork’s wilds near Baltimore, this variety is on an altogether more urbane one-third of an acre, close to the bottom of Coach Hill and Clarke’s Hill, between Douglas and Rochestown, and gets in 2,300 sq ft all-in in an unusual or distinctive design, with the bulk of its glazing kept for the rear, northerly-facing water views.

Internally, it has three first floor all en suite bedrooms, and there are two more bathrooms up on the second floor, attached to two other multi-purpose and well-finished rooms, which prospective viewers may consider as further bedroom options.

At ground level is a porcelain-tiled hall, with framed and glazed wall panels overlooking the deep, formal drawing room/dining room which runs back the depth of the house to a bay window, with three separate sash windows for water viewing.

There’s an informal kitchen/living area, with kitchen units in cherrywood, with black granite tops and a mix of Miele and Creda appliances. This level also has a utility room and a guest WC, while to the very back, via the living space (with second fireplace) past the kitchen, a set of wide double doors open out to a very large sweep of raised decking with rails. This is all a bit elevated, gratis of the site’s downwards slope, from front to back. As a result, there’s a short flight of stairs to the garden, with a handy space created as a result under the deck.

Reenaroga’s rear garden, also reached along the side of the house by a gently sloping path, is criss-crossed with paths and its lower end is home to a steel shed for garden goods storage, while the middle of the long, shelving lawn houses a steel shed, pond and some statuary and that great re-erected old limestone arch, salvaged from the Bandon PO, with reassembly numbers still painted on it like a Christmas puzzle just solved.

Back inside the house, the main or master bedroom has a broad bay layout of three grouped sash windows, similar to the drawing/dining room below, and at night the lights of office parks, homes, shops and services at the city’s end, on the Mahon Peninsula, are all a-glow come dusk.

VERDICT: A rare-enough riverbank home, with top image decor and trim, in Rochestown.

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