Ovens home is nice on many fronts

Tommy Barker says the mature looks of this ivy-clad property belies its Eighties architect-designed origins.

Ovens home is nice on many fronts

Ovens, Cork €650,000

Sq m 232 (2,759 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3


Best feature: Period style

THERE’S been a very convincing design job done at Widmerpool, a detached family home of distinction at Ovens, Cork, just west of the city and boom-town Ballincollig near Killumney.

Named after a village in Nottinghamshire in England, this country home on a three-quarter acre site is newer than you’d think: it was, in fact, built to an architect’s specification in 1980, as its owner ‘traded down’ from a large Farran home to this still-sizeable modern house, of 2,750 sq ft.

Widmerpool is new to market with agent Trish Stokes of Lisney, who guides a complete package at €650,000: it’s got interior space, quality touches, a decent site, a large double garage, and a games room, currently hosting a full-size snooker table.

Its gardens have all filled in since being extensively planted back in the 1980s, and the front five-bay facade, with curved single storey bay on the six-bay rear elevation, is draped in ivies and Virginia creeper for a cloak of seasonal greenery — the hipster beard in ivy really does create an impression of extra maturity.

Thanks to all that growth, the setting is now extremely private, and the house has a long approach drive from double wrought iron gates, curving around to the entrance porch which is to the house’s rear — almost prompting the question what’s the front, and what’s the back? Each facade is given an elegant treatment, so really there’s little distinction.

Windows are rise and fall sliding sashes, double glazed and the decor follows suit for a period home feel: there’s oil central heating and “this home is cosy and warm in the winter, while airy and bright in the summer,” says Lisney’s Ms Stokes.

There’s a large carpeted hall, and overhead the landing is almost a room also in its own right, able to accommodate seating and reading areas, with four bedrooms and main bathroom with Jacuzzi bath off.

There are now three reception rooms (one was added on subsequent to the original build,) with a classical feel, window drapes and fireplaces — the latterly added lounge has a wood-burning stove, and double doors to the gardens, and the dining room has a deep, three-windowed bay.

Just off is the kitchen/dining room, a mix of country style and contemporary, with granite tops and chef-friendly Smeg oven, five-burner hob and extract set in a metro-tiled surround.

Also at ground level is a decent utility and fully-tiled shower room.

VERDICT: Period feel with modern comforts

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