Hard work already done in Glanmire cottage

As Tommy Barker discovers, from humble beginnings, a one-time modest hillside cottage above Glanmire is now something way more spectacular.

Hard work already done in Glanmire cottage

Brooklodge, Glanmire €600,000

Sq m 290 (3,100 sq ft)/ 0.8 acre

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4


Best Feature: Huge expenditure completed, and adaptable grounds

You’d hardly know it, but this big, 3,100 sq ft modern home on a hillside site above Glanmire, Cork, grew out of a 1990s modest 900 sq ft cottage.

Set at Glencree, beyond Brooklodge and above the Butlerstown River and the M8, it’s an example of huge investment in extending, and hard garden landscaping.

The spending on labour, materials and machinery must have been major. Estate agent Mark Gosling says “an absolute fortune was spent,” and part of the reason why it was so considerably done is part-attested for by the fact the owner/vendor is in the machinery business, with sizeable contracts, and could apply his skills and energies to his home patch when he decided to extend.

However “his business has grown so rapidly, he’s outgrown this place ever before moving in,” says Mr Gosling, now selling this 3,000-plus sq ft home on a mature, and tiered, site, with with a lower portion ideal for anyone with notions of a home and space-hungry business in one.

The lower section’s has an office, and garage, and hard-core surface ideal for parking lots of cars, vans, boats and machines, all out of sight of the main house, whose views are now more wide-ranging, over a lush green valley, albeit one scythed through by the city-Glanmire junction of the Cork-Dublin motorway.

The rebuilt modern home now on the upper tier is a four-bed, with two up and two down, each with en suites and walk-in robes, and there’s access to an enormous upstairs balcony, with glass balusters to keep open the views.

Downstairs are one large en suite guest bedroom and one smaller bedroom, a family room, kitchen/dining room, utility, and a sprawling 35’ by 20’ main reception room.

“It’s an ideal house for entertaining, that big reception room opens to a large sandstone paved terrace, with purpose built brick and roofed barbecue house below by the lawn,” notes Mr Gosling of Behan Irwin Gosling, acting jointly with local agent Joe Organ.

They say all that’s left to do is to fit a kitchen, and a few fireplaces (the sort of personal choices many buyers like) and say the rest of the house is finished, floored, tiled and carpeted, with quality walnut joinery.

This Glencree, Glanmire offer is one of about ten individual one-off homes in this hinterland, set by a quiet road with high boundary wall and entrance gates by some mature oak trees.

Location is a few miles from Glanmire via Brooklodge, near the M8, and about a 20 minute commute back to Cork city.

Asking price is €600,000, and doing the last few touches could see €20,000 or more spent on a suitable quality kitchen and appliances, so there may be some wriggle room on the price eventually agreed

That will be in contrast to the ‘no expense spared’ approach to the grounds and landscaping, where masons, diggers and contractors must have whiled away many a long month.

VERDICT: A particularly good fit for anyone with outdoor space needs, and the fact the yard and block-build shed/office are out of sight on the sloping site is bonus.

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