House of the Week: Stunning views and gardens in Glounthaune home

With beautiful views and a beautiful garden Trish Dromey, checks out this Glounthaune on a hill. 

SET on a hilltop above Glounthaune, this spacious Tudor-style property offers marvellous views across the harbour as well as large, professionally landscaped gardens which come spring, are set to fill up with colourful blooms.

The attractive four-bed house is one of around 30 or so one-off detached properties with large gardens built at Tower Hill during the 1990s. After they had built it, the owners brought in the late Brian Cross, one of Cork’s best known garden designers who lived in the area, to give shape and colour to their almost one acre site.

The house, since extended with a sunroom, has been upgraded and redecorated regularly over the years, while the tiered gardens, with lawns, trees, shrubs and colourful azaleas, hydrangea and rose bushes, have matured beautifully.

The garden design included a large back patio from which you can look out over the gardens and rooftops to Little Island and the harbour and see across to Cobh and Rochestown in the distance.

Seeking offers of €825,000, Frank Walsh of O’Mahony Walsh says this is an impeccably maintained residence with superb views, space and gardens which is particularly desirable because of its proximity to Cork city which is within a 15 minute drive.

“This property is a three-minute drive from the Dunkettle Roundabout, a five minute one from Little Island Train Station and is close to Glanmire, Little Island and local shops and amenities,’’

The front of the house faces the road, while the back looks on to the sloping gardens and the harbour and has the largest windows and the best views.

The owner said that when she asked for large windows, her architect joked that she wanted to live in a glasshouse. But he gave her what she wanted, designing it so that the kitchen, reception rooms and the master bedrooms all had light and harbour views.

Offering just over 2,500 s ft of living space the property has generous sized reception rooms with nine foot high ceilings. The kitchen is 22ft long and has modern units with granite worktops with display cabinets and an island unit. The owner replaced the original kitchen seven years ago and more recently upgraded the appliances and redecorated. The units have now been hand painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Blackened’, described by its makers as “the coolest white with a hint of grey”.

Stretching from front to rear is a 28ft long room, decorated in restful cream which incorporates a formal dining area as well as a lounge with a cream marble fireplace.

The timber-floored family room is in the centre at the back of the house and has a sunroom section which was added later to take advantage of the views.

Off the hallway at the front of the house there is a cloakroom a guest WC and a utility room. At the top of the staircase, at the front of the property, is a large master bedroom which has wardrobes on two walls, white timber on one side and mirrored sliderobes on the other, as well as an en suite shower room and a large window with city views.

There’s also a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath, which like all bathrooms in the house was upgraded and fitted with new sanitary ware around six years ago. Two of the other three bedrooms face the front of the house and one looks out on to the gardens at the rear.

In addition to making changes to the décor over the years, the owners also invested in improving energy efficiency and put in a new gas boiler as well as cavity and attic insulation. The BER rating is now a B3 which is good for a 1990s-built house.

Enclosed by railing at the front, the house has electric gates for security and a tarmac driveway, lined with shrub beds. The major share of the .88 acres is located around the back. Stretching along the full width of the house is a patio, which the owner says is a relaxing spot to enjoy the view and also great for entertaining. Alongside the patio are well planted flowerbeds and just below it on the sloping garden is a bank planted with six or seven hydrangea bushes. In the lower part of the garden there is a pergola, as well as sloping lawns and mature trees and hedging.

The owner, who is now downsizing, says that despite being within a short drive from the city, the gardens have the type peace and privacy you usually get living in the country.

Verdict: A tempting trade up.

Glounthaune, Cork

€825,000

Sq m 232 ( 2,505 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: B3

Best feature: Hard to decide if it is views or gardens



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