Trish Dromey hears about a property in Kinsale that has it all —superb location, stunning views and great size.
Ardbrack, Kinsale €950,000
Size: 303 sq m (3,268 sq ft)
Best Feature: Size and setting
Raintree House could be a tempting prospect for buyers who have been biding their time in Kinsale waiting for the opportunity to buy a big house with sea views.
Selling agent Brendan Bowe says that there is currently a shortage of good quality large homes in the town and that quite a number of people are renting as they wait for something like this to become available.
“This property has it all –a great address at Ardbrack, Summercove, a superb location close to town, as well as views of Charles Fort, Summercove and the mouth of Kinsale harbour,” he says adding the 3,268 sq ft house has enough living space to accommodate any family’s needs.
Built around 25 years ago, Raintree House started out as a more modest single storey bungalow. The current owners bought and upgraded it around 12 years ago and later carried out a major extension – adding a second floor with distinctive triangular shaped windows and a balcony to make the most of the views.
It was also at this time that a new kitchen was added on and fitted with glass frontage and a section of glass roof to let in the light. During the alterations the property also acquired seven en suite bedrooms.
Facing out towards the harbour at the front, the kitchen dining room is a huge room with tiled flooring, Shaker-style units and a range of appliances including two large American-style fridges.
The lounge next to it is spacious, with modern hardwood flooring, large windows and an inset stove. Other rooms at the front include two en suite bedrooms which both have views of Charles Fort and the harbour.
To the rear there are two guest shower rooms as well as two more en suite bedrooms including one which has been equipped as a gym. Beyond the lounge is a large tiled area described as a living zone, currently in use as a children’s play area and TV room.
On the upper level there’s an extremely spacious master bedroom which measures 31’ by 16’. It has two feature triangular windows as well as a good-sized en suite with a Jacuzzi bath and a shower. There are two other large en suite rooms at this level, including one with a stove and double doors leading out on to a balcony at the front.
To the rear of the property is an outbuilding/garage with a laundry room and a large en suite room with Velux windows and timber paneled ceilings.
A balustrade to the front creates an effective viewing platform. On a site of approximately a third of an acre there is a large tarmac parking area as well as lawn at a lower front level.
Zoned gas heating, double glazed windows and extra insulation put in during renovations has earned the property a coveted B2 energy rating.
In the past, Raintree House operated as a B &B and its website can still be found online. Offering en suite rooms with sea views within a mile from Kinsale town centre, it has much to offer tourists and residents.
Mr Bowe says it now has much to offer families looking to upgrade. Within a short time of going on the market Raintree House received a “reasonable significant offer” but the agents aren’t ready to close the sale yet. Mr Bowe expects continued interest and thinks it’s possible it might attract the attention of locals who returned to the area over the Christmas
VERDICT: Sales have been brisk in Kinsale last year. Three houses with Ardbrack addresses are on the Property Price Register as having gone for over €1m in 2014.
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