SIMPLE, but stylish, in an appropriate sort of country farmhouse way, this refurbished and stone-built Ballydehob, west Cork hideaway is set three miles inland from the sea at Ballybane East.
On its own acre of ground with rural and hill views, this could be the perfect get-away for those seeking to escape urban stresses. After all it is less than a 90 minute trip from Cork city.
Owned in the recent past by a German, it has clearly been much improved in the past few years. Extra light is drawn into the back of the dwelling by virtue of a heavily glazed new lean-to.
This 26’ by 17’ room has windows on threes sides, a wood-sheeted ceiling, slate floor and steps up to the rest of the house, entered by a diminutive door.
The main portion of the house has a very well-crafted hardwood kitchen in oak, with a shuttered serving hatch to the atmospheric sitting room. This sittingroom has beamed ceiling, a flagged floor and with a real sturdy feature stone-arched inglenook-style fireplace, and open tread stairs to two overhead bedrooms.
The loo, and a utility, meanwhile are tucked away off the conservatory. In all the house has just over 1,000 sq ft of space, with attention paid to subtle decor touches and good lighting.
Selling agents are Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill Skibbereen and asking price is €295,000.
The acre includes woodland garden with birch trees. There are pines at the boundary and woodland hills peeping in the distance, while the private acre also has a timber-clad studio and a sauna, with outside decking.
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