A modern, but oh so cosy home near Innishannon

Helen Kelleher visits a home near Innishannon which is architect-designed and finished to the highest standards

A modern, but oh so cosy home near Innishannon

Helen Kelleher visits a home near Innishannon which is architect-designed and finished to the highest standards

The owner had two requests when she met with her architect in 2003 — she wanted a large house with lots of light and lots of space. Una O’Sullivan Architects in Bandon, together with the late Patrick O’Donovan of O’Donovan Builders & Co, a locally-based team certainly delivered.

Kildarra Lodge was built to specification in 2005 on a prime elevated site in rolling countryside in Ballinadee, just ten minutes drive from Innishannon village and 20 minutes from Kinsale town.

Each room in this substantial three- or four-bed property (depending how you use the rooms) is bathed in natural light and offers views onto a beautifully landscaped garden which mixes indigenous trees and plants with exotic plants, fruit trees and shrubs.

No expense was spared at Kildarra Lodge which offers distinctly modern conveniences mixed with homely comforts — like underfloor heating on the ground floor — but the owners also get to enjoy the comfort of a great Aga oil fired cooker. The black beauty takes pride of place in the Irish oak kitchen, designed and installed by Stylecraft Kitchens & Bedrooms in Ballincollig.

A raised solid-fuel Charnwood stove brings a cosy vibe to the large living/dining room measuring nearly 30’ by over 20’.

This is a bright space with extra tall feature windows and a double-height vaulted style ceiling incorporating exposed beams with recessed ceiling lighting for evening time.

French doors, at different entrance points, open directly onto a wrap-around decking area making it a great house for hosting and entertaining.

Along with a well-thought out study with built-in bookshelves and wall units there is plenty storage in a utility/laundry room which leads onto a large garage with automated double car entrance doors.

The layout and open plan on the ground floor means this property is fully wheelchair accessible and easily adapted into whatever its new owners require.

The feature stairway in the hallway gets lots of attention — it was specially designed for the house using clear glass on an open steel frame with beautiful ash wood. Half way up there is a feature A-shaped dual aspect window with a balcony area to enjoy more great views.

Upstairs there are three en-suite bedrooms.

Kildarra Lodge is a house which offers great flexibility in terms of how you might want to use its many rooms at different times of year, the owner explains.

During the summer months it really is about pushing open those French doors off the large living/dining area, the kitchen and the downstairs double bedroom and enjoying the decked area.

With its southerly aspect and peaceful and private setting you get to enjoy the garden both for morning coffee and for evening barbecues.

When the winter sets in you can move upstairs where there is a second sitting room complete with its very own raised solid-fuel Charnwood stove and large A-shaped window to again take full advantage of the garden and countryside views, but this time from a smaller and cosier space.

As the trees drop their leaves during colder months you can see right down on to the Bandon River and even more splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

On sale for €750,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Brennan Busteed, selling agent David Busteed describes Kildarra Lodge as a modern functional home, meticulously maintained with the very best quality fixtures and fittings installed.

Viewing, he says, really is a must to appreciate the high calibre and individuality of this property with absolutely no wear and tear — its owner lived overseas for some of the time, and is taking up a new opportunity, hence the sale.

Lee Valley Landscaping in Dripsey designed and maintain the garden, beautifully laid out on half an acre. Some exotic shrubs and trees were planted in amongst the more native sycamore, beech, and ash trees ensuring there is colour all year round.

Trees which were planted and are now thriving include weeping beech, birch, and spruce, mixed with silver birch, Irish yew trees, a wedding cake tree, a tulip tree, and apple and plum trees. In the winter months you will see some really lovely heather, silver holly, silverberry, and Californian lilac jostling for space.

There is a beautifully-designed stone fountain and a special button switch to ensure water trickles all the way down a special little pathway, past the water lilies and past the trees all the way down to the stream at the garden’s end.

VERDICT: A little bit of paradise and yet only a ten-minute drive from Innishannon village, some 20 minutes from Kinsale town and 30 minutes from Cork Airport and the city.

Innishannon, Cork

€750,000

Size: 283 sq m (3045 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 4

BER: C2

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