Tommy Barker steps aboard a very special marine-themed 1920s home in Currabinny.
This world-class and ship-shape water-aspected home, at the core of Currabinny in Cork Harbour, gets an April 2016 relaunch, a change of agents and a price trim, one year after first being put for sale in April 2015, when it was floated at €1.2m.
The spectacular one-off has a marine feel and flair, and gives the sense of being on a luxury yacht with its lustrous, bespoke guest bunk room in cherrywood.
It had gone sale-agreed last summer, But, late in the day, the deal fell out of bed.
Now, with the same spot-on seasonal selling time coming to the fore, this 4,500 sq ft high-end home on a groomed 1.3 acres is guided at €1.1m by Sheila O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald who says it’s an enviable home, done to the highest standards, with south-facing views looking over the water, harbour, and Crosshaven and marinas.
It’s set by the edge ofbrow of woodland and old lookout, with shingle beach and old wood pier by the end of the cul de sac road into the utterly picturesque Currabinny itself.
It is private and tranquil, yet less than half an hour from Cork city, airport and Kinsale, where €1m-plus house sales are quite regular occurrences.
Currabinny has kept its quiet, late Victorian/early 1900s air of detachment, and this house dates to the 1920s, built as a summer home to a design by Harrington & Buchan architects.
It was substantially, and sensitively updated in the early 2000s, and is in immaculate condition, with all its best rooms done with understated luxury, facing the water and gardens, which include a flow of waterfalls, and a Japanese-style long fish pond, framed by a pergola.
VERDICT: Workmanship levels are a match for marine-set houses anywhere in the globe. Simply special
Currabinny, Cork Harbour
Size: 417 sq m (4,500 sq ft)
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