AN OPPORTUNITY for green valley living is offered at this sheltered and secluded property at Clonkeen, just a few miles west of the Cork Kerry county bounds.
Kerry/Cork border €385,000
279 sq m (3,003 sq ft)
Best Feature: Country pad
The setting - amidst woodland and hills in the Clydagh Valley - is scenic and green while the partially cedar clad house has been designed to be energy efficient and green.
A stream runs through the site and is visible from the back of house as are the slopes of the Derrynasaggart mountains which provide an attractive backdrop for this seven-year old property.
Energy efficient features in the 3,000 sq ft two-storey house include a heat recovery ventilation system as well as a high level of insulation.
The central heating is fuelled both by oil and by a solid fuel stove in the living area and there is underfloor heating at ground level. The house now has a high B1 energy rating and the owners say that the addition of solar panels would probably bring it up to an ‘A BER.
They built their new, architect-designed property on the site of an older farmhouse, keeping a few of the old stone walls as part of the structure. The result is a long modern timber framed house with cedar cladding on the gable end and again at the rear.
The double glazed windows are Scandinavian pine with aluminium cladding on the outside. Features include a huge stone fireplace housing a stove which is part of the central heating system.
At the front of the house there is a large sitting room with double doors at one end and a bathroom and a bedroom at the other. In the middle directly behind the hall door is an entrance room cum living area with a stairs to the upper level.
To the back of the property there’s a conservatory with a stove, a utility room and a kitchen/dining room with cream fitted units, timber worktops, a centre island and integrated appliances. Rooms at this level, except the kitchen, have engineered walnut flooring.
The upper floor has a bathroom and three carpeted bedrooms including two with en suites, while the main bedroom also has a walk in wardrobe.
In the half acre of grounds around the house there’s an unusually shaped stone faced garage, a lawned area and a large number of mature trees as well as a stream. To the front there’s a stone wall entrance.
The location is scenic and tranquil but it is just half a mile from the N22 , the main Cork-Killarney Road. Situated five miles from Ballyvourney, 12 from Killarney and 15 from Macroom, it could do as a family home by a commuting couple who need to find a property midway between Cork and Killarney.
Selling through Godsil Cohalan auctioneers in Macroom the house is on the market with a guide price of €385,000. The owners built it to sell in 2007 but were unlucky with their timing. It went on the market before the property crash with a guide of €695,000.
Auctioneer Norah Cohalan says this is a beautiful house which could be bought by a family or as a holiday residence
She adds the scenic location and the energy efficiency could make it an attractive buy for someone from the UK. Tourists and outdoor enthusiasts come to the Clydagh Valley for fishing, hill and forest walking as well kayaking on the local river.
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