A cottage near Cork’s Wilton has been made over into a spacious five-bed property, writes Tommy Barker.
Spur Hill, Cork €465,000
Size: 236 sq m (2,540 sq ft)
Proximity to Wilton is expected to prove a big draw for Valley View House at Spur Hill, a spacious five-bed property which until just a few years ago used to be a small cottage, now with unexpected high end interiors.
Guiding the dramatically extended 2,540 sq ft house at €465,000, John Barry of Frank V Murphy auctioneers expects it to attract trade-up buyers with its space, its views of the city and the countryside and its location.
“It’s just 6.5 kilometres from the city centre and 3.4 from the top of Sarsfield Road — it’s very convenient for schools, Wilton Shopping Centre, the South Link road and Cork University Hospital.”
The property’s transformation took place in 2010 when the owners turned the existing 30’ by 16’ cottage into a kitchen/dining /living room with double height ceiling, exposed timber beams, a full-height stone fireplace with a stove, a large feature window and a pine kitchen.
They also added on an extension of over 2,000 sq ft — providing space for a huge sitting room, a utility room and five bedrooms including two at ground- floor level.
Inside the front door is a striking circular hallway with a double-height ceiling, oak staircase and a galleried landing overhead with curved banisters.
Off this, in the modern part of the house, is a 30’ long sitting room which has three large windows as well as French doors.
The two ground-floor bedrooms include one with an en-suite, while the first floor has a spacious en-suite master bedroom as well as two double rooms with a ‘Jack-and-Jill’ en suite.
There’s also a guest WC downstairs and a main bathroom upstairs.
The owners expended all of their efforts on the house itself and have left it to a new owner to work on the sizable one-acre site.
The area around the property needs tending to turn it into a garden, the driveway needs work, and, to the rear of the house, there is a field enclosed by post-and-rail fencing, which is overgrown and requires attention.
From the back garden which faces east, there are views of countryside and of Cork city in the distance. Mr Barry says the one-acre site has a number of potential uses and might attract a buyer with a pony.
VERDICT: A distinctive property with great space
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