House of the week: Rochestown, Cork €785,000

This 10-year old property ‘compound’ has its very own hard surface, fully fenced tennis court amid other garden delights.

Size: 428 sq m (4,610 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 7

Bathrooms: 8


Best Feature: Roll on Wimbledon

THERE’S no excuse for not getting your tennis game up to scratch at the Rochestown home called Travergo Lodge: the 10-year old property ‘compound’ has its very own hard surface, fully fenced tennis court amid other garden delights.

Built to a pretty high specification inside and outside, it’s a bit of a whopper as a home, with up to seven en suite bedrooms, a great amount of ground floor living and day time rooms, all on a site of 0.75 of an acre above the Monastery and college, in Cork’s Upper Rochestown.

Sounding like a certain hotel and travel booking website Trivago, Travergo Lodge is wholly-accommodating in its own right, set at Woodview, near the Padre Pio nursing home. 

It’s a couple of minutes’ drive uphill from the Rochestown Road, also above the quick uphill and down dale route from Rochestown to Monkstown, in an area with more than fair share of large, one-off builds on decent rural sites.

House of the week: Rochestown, Cork €785,000

Auctioneer Dennis Guerin of Frank V Murphy & Associates says Travergo Lodge was built by its current owners, all finished to a high specification and standard, with a fully-landscaped site, full of summer colour and seating spots.

It’s a different looking house on either of its two main facades: it’s big, imposing and a little bit stern in stone on the drop-down approach, while the aspect facing the grounds is altogether softer, almost more dormer and cottage-like. 

House of the week: Rochestown, Cork €785,000

But, if you are being taken in/inside, don’t be fooled... it’s quite huge, just over 4,600 sq ft in fact as it has rooms over three floors.

At ground level alone there are four reception room (living, dining, study/family room, as well as an over-sized, part wrap-around sun room, which comfortably holds a pool table with striking blue baize.

House of the week: Rochestown, Cork €785,000

The principal living room alone is 20’ by 17’, the dining room’s 18’ by 12’, larger than in most homes and has a bay window, floors are generally in solid hardwoods such as oak or maple, and two rooms, the family room and the sun room have gas-fired stoves to take the chill off an evening.

Continuing the mix of timbers used internally, the stairs is in oak, and kitchen units are in pippi oak, secured with granite tops, and there’s garden and terrace access via French doors from the kitchen which is adjacent to a utility and second, ground floor WC.

House of the week: Rochestown, Cork €785,000

There’s yet more to come: off in a side wing, linked via the utility, is a maple floored home gym with patio access and overhead mezzanine level.

Back in the main dwelling, the first floor has five en suite bedrooms, the largest, the 17’ by 15’ master suite has a Jacuzzi bath, with twin sinks set on a granite and oak stand, and there’s a walk-in linen/airing press: you’d need it for all the towels for seven en suite bathrooms, as the top floor has two more bedrooms with shower rooms.

House of the week: Rochestown, Cork €785,000

The back of the house faces south, and at this time of the year the extensive sandstone patio is a bit of a heat-soaking sun-trap, and its has several access points back to the house for the times when the weather turns in a moment, for better or worse, in an Irish summer.

A new home has been built very recently next door, with a new dividing wall erected, and the back gardens at Travergo Lodge gently slope away to a fall of ground at the back boundary, beyond planted up shrubs and summer bedding beds, with views over distant verdant farmland.

House of the week: Rochestown, Cork €785,000

There’s also gravel and flagged paths, and a part-sheltered pergola seating spot, wreathed in colonising clematis.

And, all of that is before you consider the sport and craic to be had at the proper, adjoining tennis court, all handily fenced in to contain wild shots and serves, and all just five weeks before Wimbledon 2016 returns to TV screens, running to mid-July. 

House of the week: Rochestown, Cork €785,000

Bring your own racket.

VERDICT: A sale probably won’t be game, set and matched by this year’s tennis fêtes, but, roll on Wimbledon 2017. 

And, sure, you can have strawberries and cream almost any month of the year now.


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