A good share of Irish homes got faced or built in stone back in the 2000s: but, very few are completely done externally in stone, not to mind in Liscannor stone, and done also to such a high standard as the Stone House, Watergrasshill north of Cork.
Watergrasshill, Cork, €450,000
Size: 278 sq m (3,000 sq ft inc garage)
It deserves its perhaps obvious name, from the get-go.
A mason craftsman was brought to bear here in the 2004 build of this 2,600 sq ft detached home, and every bit of care he put into the outside, the owners put the same amount of detail and attention into the interiors, looks, spaces and finishes.
It’s just very, very good.
Now, coming up to its teen years, it’s fresh to market with auctioneer Joe Organ, who pins a €450,000 guide on this rural-set home, off the M8 about a 15-20 minute commute from the city, and a home worth coming home to at any time.
It has some internal double height spaces, a grand hall with hardwood teak staircase with brass rods and Roger Oates carpet, and a tall living room, with pitched ceilings, circular window high up on gables, exposed wood beams, and a 12kw solid fuel feature stove to warm it all with.
Floors in the hall and kitchen are limestone tiles, and units are solid timber, also timber topped, with marble splashbacks and granite top on the island.
Other rooms include a big central back sun room.
A Ducon slab concrete floor adds heft to the upstairs (and, there’s underfloor heating throughout), where there are four bedrooms off a wide landing with electrically operated Velux.
One bedroom is en suite, and there’s quality bathroom tiling and fittings, with a tiled bath surround in the family bathroom.
On grounds of 0.75 of an acre, with stone entrance pillars, the attractive build includes an integrated double garage and the package, on a private landscaped site with feature central seating area surrounded by poplars, and with views to the Nagle Mountains “is true value for money in terms of square footage, build quality, interior design and landscaping,” notes Glanmire-based Mr Organ.
VERDICT: Money, and effort wasn’t spared in this rock-solid, highly finished home.
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