What with better diet, and generally increased prosperity, today’s young citizens are typically half a head higher (or even a foot taller) than their preceding, parental generation.
Glounthaune, Cork €395,000
2,000 sq ft
Best Feature: Old meets new
And that’s pretty much the case too here by the rail line and waters of Cork harbour, at Ballynaroon, Glounthaune, along the N25, five miles east of Cork city.
Here, on a water-aspected site of 0.37 of an acre, a stone-built century-old cottage has had a new iteration creep up on it from behind, bigger and bolder but relatively respectfully hovering behind it at a suitable distance, and linked to it by a glazed corridor, teeing into its roof ridge like a steadying hand on a shoulder.
Both sides, one littler and the other one larger, have oodles of distinct character, and since the rear wing was added on about five years ago, there’s now nearly 2,000 sq ft of quality and charming living space to be had between old and new.
A private family home, within a half mile of Glounthaune village and commuter rail station, it’s now for sale in walk-in condition, says selling agent William Wallis who’s based further down the rail line in Midleton.
As well as being in walk-in condition, it’s also a commute into, by train, or by driving in off the road alongside, as its long and landscaped site is between the road and rail tracks.
After its renovation, the older, more cottage-y portion keeps feel and flair of its times, with some exposed stone walls and lintels internally.
It has Veluxes up in the painted, tongue and grooved ceiling and high gables in the kitchen area, brighter than it would ever have been before, and has blue painted units, and slate effect tiled floor.
A stove, within a tiled blue surround, adds to the comfort level of this lofty room.
The circa 20’ by 10’ linking corridor, a few steps up from the kitchen, has more roof lights, plus a side wall of glass overlooking a courtyard/patio, and is used as a trafficked family living space.
Across the way then, in the new-build, two-storey section, there’s a relatively compact living room through French glazed doors with plain chimney ope and wood-burning stove, and a second hall to a stairs with a galleried landing, a dual aspect ground floor bedroom, and a bathroom with bath.
Above are three bedrooms, all with views from peakey dormer windows to the front to water, and the en suite master bedroom has a Velux behind and concealed storage either side of a faux bedhead wall.
Most services are mains, though there’s a septic tank, then the immediate grounds have a low screening seating wall, decking and lawn, and a good deal of recent planting.
There’s quite a country feel, and the water proximity over the Cork-Midleton rail line is a draw, while the grounds’ proximity to Glounthaune village means lots of services to hand, including rail commute option stations, shops, acclaimed pub/restaurant the Rising Tide, and a national school.
VERDICT: Space and character as new comforts add to old world charm.
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