COBH is full of the most unexpected twists and turns.
The Cork harbour naval town is strung out along a southerly escarpment on Great Island and, aside from fine architecture, has wonderful examples of Victorian engineering.
Right out at the far edge of Cobh is French’s Walk, a boreen running along the boundary wall of Merton, one of Cobh’s prominent period homes, and is south-facing over Cork harbour.
Ardglass is a modern bungalow built on a high site, with views over to Spike Island, but that brief description doesn’t do justice to the quirky, private property.
Built on stilts on a sharply sloping site, (now divided into upper and lower gardens), it faces out to sea with picture windows making maximum use of views and orientation.
There’s an unpredictability about this property because it’s hidden behind high walls and is fairly modest on approach. Inside, it’s white, bright and has a lovely flow of rooms with a deck running from east to west, part of the raised, steel fabricated terrace.
There is access from all the living rooms to this generous space and, also, from two of the bedrooms.
The kitchen is open plan to both the sitting room and conservatory and both rooms have French doors to the deck, which also leads downwards to an immaculately tended, lower garden. The house is clear and bright, even on the worst February days and there’s a country feel with beamed ceilings and a pine feature fireplace in the sitting room that fits with the marine setting.
The master bedroom is a good size with a large bathroom and dressing room and the house’s two other bedrooms share a main bathroom. Ardglass also comes with a utility to the north side of the house, with handy access from the kitchen. It has a oil-condenser boiler and a pressurised system that ensures fast and furious showers.
A move-in proposition, Ardglass also comes with a double garage, plenty of parking and turning space and a top quality finish.
It’s on the market with Liz Hannon of English Auctioneers at a guide of €495,000.
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