House of the Week

The name, The Hawthorns, reflects the rural setting of this five-bed family home, but it doesn’t quite hint at the modernity contained within.

The circa six-year-old dormer home, with its main living space very bright, airy and open-plan with double height spaces, is a new-to-market find with agent Adrianna Hegarty in Midleton, Co Cork, about a 10-minute drive from this home’s 0.7 acre site near Lisgoold.

Built at Ballincurrig, on a sloping site, with rural aspect and even a chicken run by a wood-clad workshed, The Hawthorns is very much a contemporary-feel home, internally at least.

T-shaped, and thus larger than it looks from most of the angles you’d glimpse it at, it has feature gable glazing, plus a mix of Veluxes into double-height spaces, as well as dormer windows. It all goes to show you can built the sort of house that planners generally like to see in the countryside, yet do something a bit more radical or personal with it internally.

It has an exceptional-sized main living area 53’ by 24’, with triple aspect, a feature spiral stairs to a mezzanine relaxation area with distant views from a high gable apex window, and heat is provided for this considerable volume by a large wood-burning stove, able to churn out 20kws of heat, no less.

Other rads are antique-style cast iron, fired by oil, and the house has been set up for solar-provided hot water too, while patio doors to a south-facing sheltered spot off the main living space also allows humans to do a bit of heat seeking and sun-soaking.

The Noblessa kitchen has high-end high-gloss and walnut units, with lofty larder presses, island and granite tops. This ‘hearth of the home’ core is open to most of the living/dining spaces for family communication, and even the upper-deck relaxation space is within conversation’s reach. The large, stand-alone wood burning stove, set against a mustard-coloured section of internal wall, is a visual feature in its own right, especially when safely ablaze and pumping out the kilowatts of heat.

Other ground-floor rooms include a utility, a guest bathroom, plus two bedrooms, one of which is en suite with walk-in wardrobe.

Meanwhile, a second, wider staircase leads to the T-shaped dormer home’s main first level, which houses three more bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom, plus main family bathroom, extensively tiled. Ms Hegarty says it’s all finished to exacting standards. Extra features include surround sound, pressurised water system, alarm and smoke alarm, solar panel set-up ready for connection, bio-cycle and well for water, and the grounds have a drive climbing from the entrance gates (wired for power) up to the house itself, with some of the site’s boundary fringed by hawthorns.

VERDICT: Just because it’s out in the country doesn’t mean abandoning creature comforts and a bit of cool design.


Frits Potgieter is General Manager with Muckross Park Hotel and Spa.You've Been Served: Frits Potgieter, Muckross Park Hotel and Spa

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