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