House of the week: Maryborough Hill, Cork €580,000

THE GARDENS are just coming into their own at Kingscourt, a detached bungalow amid the blossoms, on a fabulous acre along Cork’s Maryborough Hill, beyond Douglas.

House of the week: Maryborough Hill, Cork €580,000

Sq m 225 (2,400 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2

BER: D2

Best features: Location and spacious gardens

In fact, Kingscourt is the second such bungalow to come up for sale within this easily reached rural hinterland in the past few weeks, and is listed with Kinsale-based estate agent Josie Dinneen, who guides at €580,000 for down-sizing owners, noting the site size in particular.

The other recent market arrival was Winswood, a more dated, c 2,000 sq ft 1970s bungalow, also on this outer stretch of Maryborough Hill. Winswood got 28 viewings on its first week out with Sherry FitzGerald, and is under offer already at its €380,000 asking price.)

Back closer still to Douglas village, meanwhile, a clutch of new one-off homes are advancing in various stages of construction on the hill, opposite the Maryborough House Hotel’s entrance, instancing the strong local appeal of the greater Maryborough/Douglas location.

Ten individual sites sold there by the entrance to Maryborough Ridge two years ago, ranging from 0.2 to 0.5 of an acre, and at prices between €265,000 and €300,000.

Meanwhile, on its very own full acre, and further out the road amid large, prosperous farms, Kingscourt was built in 1980, to a single storey design by architect Stephen Hyde. It was extended a decade or so afterwards up into the attic for an extra few multi-use rooms, lit by Velux windows to the back and side over the stairs, with this end section used as a home office.

The grounds are a mix of now-mature trees, with even more mature boundary trees, with large lawns and interspersed with shrubs and beds, along with a fruit and vegetable garden.

Painted a pale primrose yellow, over a deep blue plinth, Kingscourt is entered in its middle section, up a short flight of terracotta tiled steps to a hardwood front door, and inside, bedrooms are generally off to the right side, each side of a bedroom corridor.

The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom, and there’s also a family bathroom down at this end of the house.

Around the middle are a TV room, and a study, and the main drawing room’s to the front, split level with a few internal steps, and the room has a white marble fireplace and a tall bay window (in teak frames) overlooking a graveled front drive.

There’s another fireplace in the adjoining formal dining room, which has a double aspect, and in this room the feature fireplace is tucked into a corner, and elevated slightly with a polished copper hood.

The kitchen’s out to the back of the house, with a distinctive retro-looking Italian kitchen, with solid wood units, and has smooth worktops in a Corian-type finish, in a striking olive green colour, which wraps around to form a slightly stepped breakfast far.

There’s an integrated oven, and gas hob in the worktop, and there’s provision for a solid fuel cooker, notes Ms Dinneen.

There’s also a good-sized utility room, opening to the back of the house where there’s a detached double garage.

Heating is via oil, and the grounds are private, a few miles from Douglas village, and within easy reach is Carrigaline, the harbour area as a major employment source.

Also near to hand is Garryduff in Rochestown, with sports facilities, forest walks and shops and services at Mount Oval village, while in the vicinity too are Douglas Golf Club, and the Maryborough House Hotel, where the addition of a new orangerie has lifted the hotel’s connection to its famed gardens to an even higher plane.

Auctioneer Josie Dinneen describes Maryborough Hill’s Kingscourt as being “in an exceptional family home location.”

VERDICT: Planning in the area is well-nigh impossible now, so that underscores value of existing stock. And, here, the acre site’s the clincher.

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