Near Kin­sale

‘Cnoc’ has it all and Mór in a tasty pack­age, says Tommy Barker

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eye-catch­ing ran­domly placed win­dows and in­ter­nal shut­ters, its new doors and ac­cess point, front and back. It’s had a superb re­point­ing job, new roof and tim­bers, new ev­ery­thing in­side prac­ti­cally, and has been ren­dered in­side. A pro­vi­sional plan was to con­vert it as a guest cot­tage, but in­stead it’s been taken this far, and crowned with cor­ru­gated. What use will the next own­ers make of it?

On a sunny day, one can imag­ine the feel in this prop­erty’s rear pa­tio and grav­eled court­yard would be quite Proven­cal, with out­door seat­ing and low screen­ing walls, as well as planted up herb beds with chives and sage, and raised veg beds with sal­ads, beet­roots and fruit bushes be­ing tended, and lots more beds for fresh plant­ing yet to come. Drifts of laven­der would com­plete the rosy Proven­cal pic­ture....!

And yet there’s more to come and savour. Fur­ther back on the grounds is a tra­di­tional mid 1900s sin­gle-bay steel barn, with lean-to mak­ing it c 45’ square, and it’s cur­rently used for a store for dry­ing tim­ber, and shel­ter­ing a car­a­van rather than a trac­tor. Given prox­im­ity to Kin­sale, circa 5kms) a new owner might find it a handy build­ing to store a boat in.

For those seek­ing to make a prop­erty work for them, or to work from a prop­erty, the back of this site also houses a large por­ta­ble build­ing/of­fice/store, well re­moved from the house and with a sep­a­rate grav­elled drive along the south­ern bound­ary lead­ing to the barn and por­ta­ble build­ing so as not to im­pinge on the house’s main ap­proach.

It all adds all the more to the ‘util­ity’ of this quite aes­thetic coun­try mix, while the bal­ance of the six acres is laid out in three well-fenced pad­docks, so again a buyer in the hunt for a prop­erty close to Kin­sale suit­able for keep­ing horses will find much to like here. Right now, it’s be­ing grazed and used for rear­ing and fat­ten­ing cat­tle, so there’s hobby farm home hun­ters also likely to come into the mix.

“Imag­ine what you are get­ting here in this to­tal pack­age for €775,000, say if you were sell­ing up in a place in the city like Rochestown but wanted to en­joy a ru­ral fam­ily life?” asks Sav­ills’ Lawrence Sweeney, and that’s be­fore he ad­dresses the pos­si­bil­i­ties or prospects of a few sites for houses in years to come, as there’s lots of road frontage, to two coun­try roads. Changes to re­stric­tive plan­ning reg­u­la­tions on ‘lo­cals only’ clauses is bound to in­crease the mar­ket for lo­ca­tions like this?

Let’s not over­look the ex­ist­ing house, how­ever, it’s a ster­ling ex­am­ple of thought­ful re­furb and ex­ten­sion, now prac­ti­cally dou­ble the orig­i­nal house’s size thanks to the rear, two-storey add on un­der the back half of the dou­ble hipped roof. Both sec­tions, plus the ad­don front porch, are topped with dec­o­ra­tive ter­racotta roof ridge tiles.

Ex­ter­nal rough-style plas­ter is painted a cheer­ful yel­low or but­ter colour, win­dows are hard­wood and dou­ble glazed, and this, and in­su­la­tion up­grades plus a large wood-burn­ing stove in the oak­floored lounge help Cnoc na Mór get a C2 BER.

Over­all, it’s a four-square roomy build now, with four rooms at ground, and four bed­rooms above, and has three bath­rooms, one a guest WC off the util­ity, the other an en suite with the mas­ter bed­room which also has two large wardrobes, plus main fam­ily wash­room. The two front bed­rooms have long, dis­tant coun­try views, and the back bed­rooms have a dou­ble as­pect, one with views down over the coun­try­side to the ‘Lilly’ fields and plant.

Ma­te­ri­als used within are pretty much off the nat­u­ral pal­ette, so there’s wood floors and stone tiles floors, the porch has thick flag- stones, and some in­ter­nal walls are ex­posed and pointed stone too, while bath­rooms tiling is tum­bled mar­ble.

As seen in the stone barns, some of the lin­tels over doors are hefty new sea­soned tim­ber, and the mantlearoun­dand­abovethestove is un­treated oak, while the stairs is in turned pine.

Decor and main­te­nance is high­order, and the house has a skirt of pris­tine In­dian sand­stone abut­ting fresh gravel, while some of the French drains around the barns have cob­ble stones, and stone steps and paths.

Na­tive Ir­ish hedgerows with white thorn and large ash trees grace the bound­aries, and a whim­si­cal, wind­ing gar­den path has re­cently been cre­ated be­tween bend­ing wil­lows, adding yet more to en­joy­ment of this con­sid­ered reimag­in­ing of an Ir­ish farm clus­ter.

VERDICT: There’s an aw­ful lot to ad­mire in this up­mar­ket ru­ral home pack­age.

Bal­ly­william, Kin­sale Price: €775,000 Size: 185 sq m (2,000 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 4 bath­rooms: 3 BER: C2 Best fea­ture: barn­storm­ing

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