Renovated dormer in Cork City has a vibrant garden for all seasons

Bookings have been brisk to see this cute and colourful cottage, writes Trish Dromey.

Gould St, Cork €225,000

Sq m 83 (896 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 3


EVEN without sunshine, you could tel, from the riot of colour to be found in the long garden of this prettily renovated dormer property at 13 St Joseph’s Terrace on Gould St, that summer has arrived.

Stretching to over 120ft long out the back, the garden has a full-length flower bed with orange marigolds, blue and yellow irises, and tall purple pink foxgloves as well as a few other flowers you mightn’t expect to see until later in the summer.

Renovated dormer in Cork City has a vibrant garden for all seasons

“Because the garden is south-facing and sheltered, flowers sometimes bloom a few weeks early here,” says the gardener has been tending this plot with great care since he and his wife renovated the two-bed Cork inner suburban property five years ago.

Built in the 1930s, the mid-terraced house had been in his wife’s family for 30 years and was a complete wreck when they decided to downsize there from a larger property outside the city.

Embarking on a compressive makeover, they gutted the interior, knocked an old extension, drylined the walls, laid concrete floors and put in electric heating and double glazed windows.

Renovated dormer in Cork City has a vibrant garden for all seasons

Although they replaced many features they did find some original ones worth keeping — including a cast-iron fireplace in the living room and a redbrick chimney breast which now has a stove and occupies pride of place in the family room. 

“This was plastered over and had a gas fire — it was only when we took out the gas fire that we discovered the brick underneath,” they say.

Accommodation in the 896 sq ft property includes a beech floored front sitting room with bookshelves and an original fireplace as well as a tiled family room with a brick fireplace as well as a stylish open tread oak staircase.

Renovated dormer in Cork City has a vibrant garden for all seasons

In a new extension at the rear the owners made space for a tiled bathroom and also added a 17ft-long kitchen dining room which has a vaulted ceiling with a roof light, shaker-style oak units and French doors.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, dormer windows, laminate flooring, each with a small en suite with a WC and a sink.

Outside the patio doors in the kitchen there’s a small graveled patio with seating as well as a long lawned garden and a colourful flowerbed running along one wall.

Renovated dormer in Cork City has a vibrant garden for all seasons

“When we moved in the garden was in a sad state,” says the owner, who has since spent many hours rectifying this. 

The first step was getting the trees which bounded the gardens on both sides cut down and replaced with six foot high walls which let in a lot more light but provide privacy.

In the sheltered bed by the wall the owner planted for all seasons with tulips, daffodils and roses as well as summer flowers. Right now he is awaiting the arrival of yellow blooms on Japanese irises which will bring even more colour to the garden. 

Renovated dormer in Cork City has a vibrant garden for all seasons

At the bottom of the garden there’s a shed for gardening implements which also has washing machine and tumble dryer and is a used as utility area.

Painted blue at the front, the dormer property is located less that a five-minute walk from The Lough wildfowl sanctuary and a 10-minute one from UCC and is a little over 1km from the city centre.

Seeking offers €225,000 Jim Coughlan of James G Coughlan & Associates says whoever buys this cute cottage with its well renovated interior and beautifully planted gardens can consider themselves lucky.


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