House of the week: Montenotte, Cork €525,000

Montenotte - the pinnacle of property positioning since the before the Act of Union. 

House of the week: Montenotte, Cork €525,000

Sq m: 208 (2,240sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4

BER: Exempt

And it’s still so today as it’s older and larger houses continue to command a premium.

And while most won’t date to that time, there are outstanding examples of glorious Georgian architecture remaining in this old suburb.

One in particular, a semi-detached villa called Dreenagh, is early Georgian in date but you wouldn’t know it to look at it.

Newly on the market with Andrew Moore of Andrew Moore and Co, the house is a four-storey, four bed in impeccible condition -— in fact, it’s a walk-in buy, with a cool, modern kitchen, great finishes and a range of living space, as well as en suite master with dressing room and three good bedrooms and a three other bathrooms.

Located on the Middle Glanmire Road, so very close to town and the tunnel on the other side, it’s a house that hugs the contour of the escarpment that wraps around the lower reaches of the Lee.

The views here are astounding, especially on a clear, summer’s day with the beating sun makes you feel every bit of the south-facing aspect and the circus colours of the Marquee tents on the Marina are so close, you’re guaranteed free concerts on an annual basis.

And it’s this orientation, plus the high and dry location on rock that makes these houses perfectly liveable for at least 200 years after being built.

But in Dreenagh’s case, that’s been helped along by it’s careful owners, who’ve looked to the bones of the house, rather than cosmetic changes. There’s been a lot of unseen renovation work done here, and it’s top quality.

The accretion of years has been light — yes, all of the old, important features are here, but the house has seen a thorough going-over with a completely new roof that proclaims the attention to detail.

New real slate and expensive zinc detailing take this job above the average level and will ensure the house lasts for another 200 years.

Entrance is at the top level from the road, where there’s also a handy pull-in area on this narrow artery with room for two cars — very valuable.

Then, there’s also access to the kitchen living area below by a side, railed staircase.

The smart front door and crisp paint job proclaim Dreenagh’s renewed conditon and a look down on the right hand side shows Japanese bamboos swaying in a stylish patio two floors below in an inner courtyard.

The entrance hallway is low-key, in that it holds just a cloakroom, guest bathroom but a few steps later and you’re into the top bedroom level and drawn towards the light of the back bedroom, where French doors and a balcony lead onto stunning views up and downriver.

This is a good double room, as is the room behind, which has views over the roadway outside.

Down another flight and it lands on the main bedroom level, where the master bedroom takes up the full width of the house and comes with a huge dressing room, which would have been a nursery at some stage and an equally large and well fitted bathroom.

This has a Jack and Jill door to a larger bathroom which serves the second bedroom behind it again. The rest of the floor is taken up with a large hot press/store.

The final floor level — the ground floor has a living space that runs the full depth of the house and onward to a fine, limestone terrace.

The kitchen is to the north of this big space, but it’s a bright, modern and very functional room with an original, quality kitchen in stainless steel and blond wood. Wide double doors open onto the Japanese courtyard — ideal for morning — and then onto the dining room and living room.

On the opposite side of the staircase hallway, is a bright TV room and there’s access from here outside to a store room and up to the main entrance, (the former servant’s entrance presumably).

The garden runs down to the bottom via two terraces and again, there are quality limestone flags for steps and enough space for swings, slides and a play gym on the second tier and goal post on the first lawn.

Verdict: A house of many sides, much heart and a lot of history.

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