Watch: Renovated home in Douglas provides modern space but retains its character

Cottagey charm and character within two kilometers of Douglas and at the foot of Clarke’s Hill and Mount Oval.

Douglas, Cork €430,000

Size: 144 sq m (1,549 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4/5

Bathrooms: 3

BER: D2

Best Feature: A one-off

LIVING up to the expectations raised by its name, Daisy Cottage on the Rochestown Road is charming and quirky, and has the appropriate flowers in a variety of shades.

This four/five bed modern detached property is a re-creation of the 100-year-old cottage at 123 Rochestown Road which, at one time, was a post office and, at another, a sweet shop.

When the owners started renovations on it in 2008, some of the old rubble stone walls collapsed so they had to demolish and rebuild all of it except for one gable wall.

“A small cottage when we bought it in 2005 — it was higgledy piggledy and that was its charm, but it was dark and old and needed renovation,’’ says the lady of the house.

Watch: Renovated home in Douglas provides modern space but retains its character

Having fallen in love with the charm and individuality of the cottage, the owners kept as much of the original footprint as possible when they rebuilt and extended. 

Although modern and new, the property has dado rails, cornicing, dormer and sash windows, flower filled gardens with a timber gate and a host of other features which give it a cottagey feel.

When the couple moved back after the renovations they decided on a new name too.

Watch: Renovated home in Douglas provides modern space but retains its character

“We were living next door to Rose Cottage and thought it would be nice to have a Daisy Cottage alongside it,’’ says the lady of the house who followed through on the name change by planting pink and white daisies.

The presence of a baby grand piano in the front hallway alerts viewers fairly early on to the fact that this property is going to be a little quirky and different.

Watch: Renovated home in Douglas provides modern space but retains its character

Alongside it is a rather unorthodox combination of a playroom and a library. 

Higher up shelves contain books and DVDs, lower shelves have colourful toy-filled boxes and on the ground there’s some furniture for little people. 

This rather clever use of space came about after the couple’s first child came along and turned the library into something other than the place for reading and relaxation that it had started out as.

Watch: Renovated home in Douglas provides modern space but retains its character

On the other side of the hall/ piano recital area is a dining room which, like almost every room in the house, has walnut flooring. Painted cream, it has a cast iron fireplace and is the only room with original walls.

Doors from the hall and the dining area lead through to the kitchen which has modern vanilla units and a cooker with a five ring hob. 

Contrasting with the cream of the units, are pale blue tiles and a blue Smeg fridge, while the 8’ by 11’ room also has an archway leading through to a cream-coloured living room.

Watch: Renovated home in Douglas provides modern space but retains its character

Bedroom number five, at the rear, used to be a small TV room but has since been taken over as a nursery. 

The 7’ long utility room isn’t large but it fits in shelving, a sink, and appliances while also providing access to the guest loo. Downstairs accommodation is completed by a front bedroom with an en-suite.

At the top of the stairs is the bathroom which, like the kitchen, is blue. It has blue mosaic tiles in the shower area, a slipper bath and, rather unusually for a bathroom, a large blue painting of a boat. 

Watch: Renovated home in Douglas provides modern space but retains its character

“We fell in love with this in Italy and bought it back on a Ryanair flight when such a thing was possible.’’

Along the front of the house are three bedrooms with white walls and freestanding furniture. Before children, one of these was a dressing room; after children, the décor changed along with the room’s usage.

The man of the house has since painted a Winnie the Pooh scene on one of the walls and also added a few Wind in the Willows characters.

Watch: Renovated home in Douglas provides modern space but retains its character

Little space has been wasted in the 1,550 sq ft cottage, and the same can be said for the gardens which aren’t huge but which manage to fit in quite a lot.

Out the back there’s a graveled area, an area with seating, raised flower beds by the walls with pink, white and purple flowers, as well as a section where the owners have planted three apple trees, a fig tree, gooseberry bush and raspberries. 

In the corner there’s also a small greenhouse where they have successfully grown tomatoes and, less successfully, chillies.

Watch: Renovated home in Douglas provides modern space but retains its character

Out front is a garden with more flower beds and a gravel parking space for two cars. 

Directly behind the property is a contemporary timber-clad house which has opaque windows on one wall which prevent its occupants from looking out on to the garden of this one. 

Following the arrival of twins earlier this year, the owners of Daisy Cottage have decided that they need a larger garden space and have put their home on the market with a guide of €430,000.

Auctioneer Mark Gosling of Behan , Irwin and Gosling says the sought after Rochestown Road address gives Daisy Cottage instant kerb appeal. 

Watch: Renovated home in Douglas provides modern space but retains its character

Describing it as an oasis of calm, he says it’s a cleverly designed home which will appeal to families and also to buyers looking to trade down.

VERDICT: Cottagey charm and character within two kilometers of Douglas and at the foot of Clarke’s Hill and Mount Oval.


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