A Laura Ashley looker




With a vendor in the fashion business, it’s no wonder this pad is turning heads, writes Tommy Barker

There’s a feminine flair to the decor and design touches at this big dormer home near Cork’s Timoleague — so it’s no surprise to learn that the vendor is in the fashion and retail business. As a result, this Kilavarrig Crossroads pad is going to sell on its Laura Ashley looks and wallpapers, as much as its property attributes.

This is a sizeable enough dormer home of 2,800 sq ft, and right alongside is a detached garage with overhead 280 sq ft studio apartment — a feature which became increasingly prevalent during the past decade when people came to build one-offs. Not only is the house and apartment all decked out in style, the grounds of 1.2 acres also are showing well, complete with decking, hot tub and patio furniture.

For new owners, or those of a more DIY persuasion, the detached garage is fitted out with workbenches, lots of sockets, and houses the heating boiler and the pressurised water system. Ernest Forde, of Hodnett Forde auctioneers, pitches this one-off with its stone front facade as “a luxury residence in an idyllic country setting” with garden and paddock, and says the attention to detail is evident throughout.

Thee’s a bit of competition to decide the best room, but the 29’ by 17’ kitchen must be a contender, with quality Smeg, Neff, Bosch and Stoves appliances on display, as well as a large Hunter solid fuel stove in a stone hearth and chimney breast facing the stove across the Chinese slate floor. Units are hand-painted solid timber, and there’s much display and storage space throughout, and especially surrounding the Stove range dual fuel cooker. Worktops are teak, with granite topping the island.

Also good on the size scale is the 17’ by 17’ sitting room, with another, albeit small solid fuel stove in a light, limestone surround, and the floor’s in white oak, with simple striped wallpaper keeping it all calm and collected on the looks front.

Joinery such as doors and the stairs are varnished timber, with a teak front door, and there’s more pale, striped wallpaper and strategically placed mirrors.

Other ground floor space (and mostly floored in similar rustic Chinese slate) include a sun room/dining room and a study/bedroom five, next to a shower room with mosaic tiling. Overhead, French maritime pine is the flooring of choice for the four bedrooms and landing, and two of the rooms are interconnected, sharing an en suite bathroom.

The master bedroom has its own en suite bathroom, with bath, open ‘Roman’ style shower, plus a dressing room with lots of shelving and rails, and there’s access to a sit-out balcony over the sun room, via French doors from this accommodating bedroom.

VERDICT: A real rural box ticker.


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