Classy rural retreat in Crookstown, just 30 minutes from Cork city

EVEN though you’re rural, you’re close to so many places,” notes estate agent Jeremy Murphy of this one-off, top quality built countryside home.
Classy rural retreat in Crookstown, just 30 minutes from Cork city

Crookstown/Enniskeane, Cork €370,000

Sq m 203 (2,180 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 5

BER: B2

Best Feature: Top quality for modest sum 

It’s also one that’s hard to put an exact location description on.

If the townland of Farranmareen it doesn’t ring any bells for you, it’s close to lots of centres of population.

Its broader address is Enniskeane, but it isn’t really there either, so here’s a few geographical parameters: it’s near Béal na Bláth and Crookstown, reached off the Ballincollig-Macroom Road.

As a result, it’s getting interest from people working west of the city, in spots like EMC and VMWare, and colleges and hospitals, thanks to the Ballincollig bypass.

But, hop over the rolling hills to the south and also swiftly accessible are Enniskeane, Bandon and Clonakilty — so, it’s ‘almost central’.

What’s certain is that home-hunters won’t get as much serious house in any of those other locations, with thoughtful design and attention to detail, for the sum sought here.

A high-end house on an acre with sweeping country views and about a 30 minute commute from Cork city, Rossfarren House is only a couple of weeks on the market, yet it’s already inching up towards its €370,000 asking price.

It was traditionally built, to an architect’s design, finished back in 2009, but all feels brands new.

The exterior look was deliberately done to make it not look too big or imposing on a country site.

It’s just shy of 2,200 sq ft, and it feels even grander thanks to some double height spaces, high vaulted ceilings, and average ceiling heights of 10’ elsewhere.

So, you get cubic area as well as square footage in abundance.

All four bedrooms are en suite, and one is at ground level, so it’s adaptable for all ages and life cycles.

The floor plan is excellent, with a private study by the rear bedroom and utility, there’s a smashing main living room, feeling extra lofty with a very tall antique fireplace as a centrepiece, sourced in the UK and given by family member (a mammy) as — literally — a house warming present.

On the other side of the family another parent (a daddy) did all of the exceptional quality dry-stone walling, inside and outside, in Liscannor stone.

Centrepiece is the double-sided Liscannor stone hearth between the kitchen/dining area and gable sun-room: it hosts a wood-burning stove that throws heat in all directions.

Take a bow, mason Steve Hayes from Rosscarbery.

That main room has 20’ high vaulted ceilings, with Veluxes. There’s also a central kitchen island, tiled floor and double/part triple aspect so light comes in from all quarters.

It’s a room used all times of the day and night.

Behind, it opens out to a large deck/patio sun-soaking area.

If there’s an interior theme, it’s space and light. Upstairs there’s light flooding in on the slope-ceiling landing from several Veluxes, with splayed reveals done by the plasterers and carpenters allowing even more light gets in.

All three bedrooms are doubles all en suite, and the master has a long eaves area cannily set up as walk-in robe/dressing room/vanity corner.

Externally, there’s a detached garage with UV water filtering set-up, pristine lawns, homage to an old souterrain found on siteLiscannor stone pillars, and, beyond, long undulating valley and hill views, with hypnotic windmills in the distance.

VERDICT: Home central

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