Tommy Barker discovers a little slice of America’s Cape Cod/New England style down west in County Cork.
Clonakilty, West Cork €495,000
Size: 2,800 sq ft, on 4.5 acres
IF THIS West Cork home looks American, then it’s not by chance: in fact, it’s entirely by design.
Its owners knew what they wanted, and they went for it: they even travelled to Boston to be more sure of it.
Called Bellerica, this 2,800 sq ft family home, at Granard, four miles from Clonakilty, was closely modelled on a house they had seen on a US TV show, This Old House, on the Discovery Channel/WGBH.
It featured a rebuild of a 1920s ‘village Victorian’ house in the Cape/New England style, in Billerica, near Boston, which was destroyed by fire in 1999 and replaced in 2000 to a design by well-known Massachusetts conservation architect, Christopher Dalmus.
The story fired their imaginations, and, before acting on their resolve to do an Irish version on their rural Co Cork site, they crossed the Atlantic to see it in its cement clapboard and rubber-slate-roofed reality.
West Cork’s version, Bellerica, is now for sale, listed with estate agent, Andy Donoghue, of Hodnett Forde, in Clonakilty, who prices it at €495,000 (that’s $550,000 in Boston terms) and says not only is it a great house and home, but its 4.5 acres include equestrian facilities like three stables, paddock and an arena.
There’s also a detached garage, timber shed, raised vegetable bed and a hen house and fox-free fenced-in run, for the all-in country living package (with WiFi, for those who don’t want to leave the wider world go by).
Apart from its design, and clapboard finishes, it stands out thanks to its dark-green wall colour, and yellow front door.
Notionally a dormer, it’s a refreshing presence set into fertile Irish fields.
Inside, there’s a tiled hall, study, and one of the main living areas has a triple aspect, opening to a porch/veranda to the front (bring your own rocking chair), and to a large railed deck area to the back, overlooking the stable block and lofted garage.
Apart from that room’s stove, there’s an Aga in the kitchen/dining room and scope for four to five bedrooms in all, while the bathroom has a bright-red tiled floor, and corner bath, with separate shower.
Finishes are high-end, says Mr Donoghue, the BER’s a solid B2, and the house has solar panels, a heat recovery system and, overall, the house’s plans were adapted to Irish living, while being kept as near to the original, eco-friendly design as possible.
VERDICT: Outstanding, in its own fields.
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