Tommy Barker finds a coastal family home near south Cork’s Nohoval, all set up for to safe, active child-centered fun and outdoor life.
IF ‘TOWNIES’ could talk, they’d ask for Rennies.
For those of certain vintage, that old TV ad refrain about talking tummies, and asking for a certain brand of indigestion remedies, may get an airing during viewings of this new-to-market coastal home, located out by Nohoval, between Carrigaline and Kinsale: it’s at a townland called Rennies.
It’s an area always popular, but tightly controlled in planning terms, as it’s right by the south Cork coastline, with beaches and bays dotted about, and it’s easily reached from Carrigaline, and about 30 minutes from Cork city and airport, even if the access roads are about as country as they come. And, Nohoval even gets a slight Kinsale area spillover or ‘halo’ effect, as it’s close to Oysterhaven too.
It’s an area that estate agent Michael Pigott (who has just opened a new auctioneering business under his own name in Carrigaline) knows well, he’s a resident and knows the highways and byways like the back of his hand, and even though this is just listed, he’s already been very busy with calls and appointments to view, with about a dozen viewings lined up in the past week alone.
“Even though it is well in the country, it’s getting a broad reaction, from people living locally and who have been renting, waiting to buy and settling into the community, as well as those from the city, Kinsale and Carrigaline” — the ‘townies’, looking at Rennies.
This 2,500 sq ft detached three-bed dormer, on an acre, was built in 2009 by a young family who have young children, and have had to make their home and gardens child-friendly, accessible yet safe. One consequence of having an acre, but needing to keep smallies safe, is creating a play area that’s secure, and here, the solution would bring a smile to the face.
The parents have created a wired enclosure with a gate for sectioning off slide and swings and outdoor stuff, a safe corral for kiddies, modelled along the lines of a chicken or a dogs run. It might look a bit compound-y, but it’s practical for a moment in time, just like a child gate on a stairs.
Inside too this is very much a family home, with pink bedroom themed for a princess and heaving with a post-Christmas bounty of toys, while downstairs is play accessible, and child-centred, with a bit of fun in the funky decor.
One of the owners has had long-time family links to the Nohoval/Roberts Cove area and was passionate about setting up camp here, says Mr Piggot, while the other half hails from across Cork harbour in Cobh and they are now relocating back to family on Great Island/Cobh.
This family home is guided at €320,000, and is already under offer at €300,000, all set to climb further as the market wakes from Christmas slumbers, and as supply remains at very low levels relative to the demand.
Michael Pigott describes the roadside dormer on an acre (it needs some finishing groundworks and landscaping, drive, paths, etc) as being in excellent condition throughout, tastefully decorated and in a lovely rural setting two miles from Nohoval
The sea is just two fields away, to the south, Nohoval cove is close to hand, there are good community facilities locally (plus a smashing arts and community centre at Minane Bridge, with outdoor pizza oven), while the old-world licensed restaurant Finders Inn at Nohoval, now in second generation management, is a local asset drawing patrons from near and far.
Internally, meanwhile back in this private home, there is a bright open plan kitchen/living/dining space, with Ikea open kitchen units with some steel worktops giving a suitably ‘cheffy’ look to the hard-working cooking section, with cream metro or subway splashback tiling, the floor’s done in large, porcelain square tiles and the room links to a conservatory.
There’s an easy flow from room to room, with few door saddles (ideal for kids’ wheeled toys, in fact handy for all ages) and the conservatory and double-height hall are tiled, the latter with black and white chequerboard tiles, while the stairs and separate sitting room are carpeted. There’s garden access via French doors from the kitchen, and from the conservatory also.
The sitting room has a retro feel, with ceiling rose by the light, wallpapered chimney breast, carpeted floor and the fireplace is cast iron, with tiled insert, and is fitted with a wood-burning stove.
Also at ground level is a WC with mosaic tiled wall and a walk-in shower with feature glass blocks, plus there’s a utility/laundry.
Overhead are three bedrooms with wool carpets and built-ins, and the 22’ by 15’ master bedroom has a sloping ceiling and a large en suite with corner jacuzzi bath, with shower. The main family bathroom has another bath, and is extensively tiled. Heating is via bulk tank gas.
VERDICT: Plenty to digest at Rennies
Rennies, Nohoval, Co Cork
Size: 234 sq m (2,520 sq ft)
Best Feature: Coastal buy
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