Tommy Barker on a good village-grounded home with a Papal address and heavenly setting in east Cork.
WILL any house built later this year or next in Ireland end up being called Bergoglio?
Bergoglio is the surname of the current Roman Catholic 266th pontiff, Pope Francis, who was christened Jorge Mario Bergoglio in his native Argentina. He’s due to visit Ireland in August of this year, 2018.
In this, he’ll follow on in the footsteps of one Karol Wojtyla, the 264th pontiff, the Polish-born Pope John Paul 11, who visited Ireland in 1979, in a high-frenzied arrival as is currently being much recalled and discussed.
In fact, that Pope visited 129 countries over his 26-year papacy, the most travelled church leader ever, and his charisma lead to many boys born in Ireland in 1979, and afterwards, being christenend John Paul in his honour.
The people who built this East Cork bungalow in 1979 took a slightly different tack when it came to putting a house name on it: they called it Wojtyla, and the name has stayed true to it ever since.
Now up for resale, the modest-seeming but surprisingly spacious (c1,600 sq ft) Wojtyla is guided at €290,000 by estate agent Helen Kearney of CCM Property Services in Midleton, who says the immaculately-kept family home, with stylish interior, has an enviable position on a one-third acre site in Dungourney village, with benefits of country living on a large site, yet with services all to hand, and Midleton a 10 minute spin away.
This one-off, detached home has an excellent, enclosed garden with safe children’s play area, that includes a slide, swings, trampoline and play house.
For older folk, there’s a 250 sq ft workshop/’play house’ for hobbyists, a lean-to glass house, a Barna shed with power and it’s all superbly tended.
For relocating family buyers, there are several young families already in the vicinity, a primary school is a minute away, there’s a play school and, Wojtyla’s just 250 metres walk from the local 1810-built church, coincidentally also carrying the name St Peter’s, after pontiff No 1.
Dungourney’s Wojtyla “is oozing with peace and tranquillity,” says CCM’s Ms Kearney, with a particular level of care taken in decor and finishes.
It had a significant insulation upgrade six years ago, getting 50mm slabs on the walls internally and 400mm of insulation in the attic, while oil central heating keeps it toasty within those extra wrappings (windows are double glazed, in top-hinged wood-grain PVC,) and it hits a C2 BER energy efficiency rating, better than most 1979s-built bungalows.
Over its single level of comfortable accommodation, it has a sitting room with Stanley stove and back boiler, and it’s linked to the kitchen/dining room, a bit of a scene setter thanks to vaulted ceilings and exposed beams.
This ‘heart of the house’ has a quarry-tiled floor and an attractive brick arch and metro tiling around and over a range cooker plus Belfast sink under wooden worktops and wood worktops also crown an island, with brick base to match the range’s arch.
There’s there’s a second reception/family room or optional fourth bedroom, plus three current bedrooms with one a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite with pressurised shower.
In addition, there’s a utility room, a guest WC, and a main family bathroom, with wood panelled wainscoting fora period home feel (it’s also used to good effect in the hall), and has a double ended roll top bath, and an electric shower.
VERDICT: A good village-grounded home, with a Papal address.
Wojtyla, Dungourney, Midleton, Cork €290,000
Size: 148 sq m (1,600 sq ft)
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