Woodlands perfect €2m home for well-heeled family

HAVING just sold a Sunday’s Well family home for around €1.7 million, agents Savills HOK have another upper end family home as a new market offering near Cork city.

The period, and pretty, Eipka Lodge in Sunday’s Well went up for sale in October of last year, needing work, but trailing in garden glories and a stretch of riverbank as well within a walk of Cork city centre.

It had been offered at €1.75m (and needs modernisation) and is understood to have made quite close to that sum, showing resilience in the upper end of the residential market for key-located homes.

So, now, Peter Cave of Savills HOK is hoping to bring some other well-heeled house hunters to their latest offering, Woodlands on 2.3 acres, close to the heart of Glanmire, in a sought-after spot by the rectory, and a quick enough trip to the ring road network and the Jack Lynch tunnel.

Glanmire’s Woodlands is price-guided by SHOK at €2m, and some of that value at least comes from the amount of land with it, and the fact that half an acre is zoned for residential development.

There’s a likelihood of getting a house site or two in this portion of the gardens, so this value alone is worth several hundred thousand euros.

That zoned half acre abuts the lands of Dunkathel House, now set along with a further land bank for up to 1,200 new homes if O’Flynn Construction clear planning for their latest application for Ballinglanna/Dunkathel.

The good news is that the period home charms of Woodlands, an original of its mid-1800s species, will remain undimmed, and relatively private.

A canopy of trees guards its approach avenue, and the planting include hardwoods and rhododendrons, azaleas, yew, palms and many more for year-round interest. There’s also a duck pond, for winged visitors, and an assortment of out-buildings, with upgraded use for potential/studio/office/ teenager’s den or simply for storage.

The house has a verdant summer cloak of Virginia creeper, there for deliberate effect and not down to neglect. The vendors have been in situ for a few decades, and are moving on to a spot with even more space. The house is in very good condition, with alarm, oil heating, sash windows, and there are electronically controlled access gates.

There are four first floor bedrooms, one is en suite, and a couple have fireplaces, while the ground floor has three reception rooms, one with French doors to the gardens, and the wood-panelled kitchen has painted wood units and a timber floor. The reception rooms have good selection of fireplaces, one an elaborate white marble affair, the other a Le Droff-style one with stone centre, brick-slivered sides and hefty timber mantle.

Room proportions are attractive, and there’s great scope for family living here, with about 2,500 sq ft of space, outbuilding and extensive gardens, says Mr Cave.


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