A clas­sic in Crosshaven

Ed­war­dian de­tached home over­look­ing Cork Har­bour should en­gage house hunters, says Tommy Barker

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THERE’S a cer­tain type of Crosshaven house that al­ways en­gages the eye, and the hopes, of home hunters. Among the most prized are the late Vic­to­rian and early Ed­war­dian homes, built for then-pros­per­ous busi­ness and pro­fes­sional classes... and, more or less that same 21st cen­tury de­mo­graphic turns up when re­sales come around.

One to test the bid­ding met­tle will be Ard­nalee House, a true orig­i­nal, perched on a height at the en­trance point to Crosshaven vil­lage, al­most a sen­tinel.

It’s set above the pop­u­lar wa­ter­side walk­ing route back to­wards Car­ri­ga­line on the old rail­way line, near the busy Grumpy & Wise cafe/restau­rant and it has the dinghy park of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, and var­i­ous moor­ings and many yachts, in the mid­dis­tance.

It’s likely to date to c 1900, the start of Ed­ward Vll’s reign over the water, and is one of five car­ry­ing the Ard­nalee name, which is a pop­u­lar Cork moniker in any case given the city’s in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship to the Lee.

Ard­nalee House is built in the clas­sic early 1900s style with pro­ject­ing gables, barge board fas­cias, finials, and dec­o­ra­tive plas­ter­work, in­clud­ing an oc­u­lar or round piece on a high gable, and plas­ter de­tails over the square headed and round headed sash win­dows.

Mea­sur­ing in at just un­der 2,400 sq ft, it is de­tached, on a site of c one quar­ter of an acre, and its four other Ard­nalee neigh­bours have sim­i­lar ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures, but are semi-de­tacheds, in twin sets.

Es­tate agent Ti­mothy Sul­li­van is in charge of the sale of Ard­nalee House, which has been in fam­ily hands for decades; he guides at €415,000, which re­flects the fact it now need up­dat­ing, and he de­scribes it as “el­e­gant, and cer­tainly dis­tinc­tive, it has a pres­ence and peo­ple all seem to recog­nise it”.

Added to at the sides, it has its rooms over three lev­els, with scope for up to six bed­rooms, and the most at­trac­tive room is the L-shaped sit­ting/din­ing room, with wide bay win­dow; it’s got sashes front and side, and an­other sec­tion has an arched sash win­dow. They all of­fer up water views over the Owenabue es­tu­ary, and ceil­ings have deep plas­ter cov­ing, mould­ings and dec­o­ra­tive cor­bels, plus the fire­place is orig­i­nal to the pe­riod.

Also at ground is a TV room, old fash­ioned kitchen, util­ity with ter­razzo floor, a play room/op­tional bed­room with en suite wet-room, and a guest WC.

There’s an el­e­gant stair­case, with curv­ing hard­wood rails, and over­head are five bed­rooms, all with hand basins, and a fam­ily bath­room.

As spa­cious as it is in­side, the grounds are a match for it, with plenty of park­ing to the front, there’s a dou­ble garage and boat store, and the gar­dens are in var­i­ous sec­tions, ma­ture, with crazy paving and paths and one sec­tion bears the im­print of its days as a one-time tennis court.

All-en­gag­ing is the view over to the water, whether from in­side or out­side, and the pres­ence of the RCYC is a fea­ture (the sail­ing club cel­e­brates 300 years of ex­is­tence in 2020) and in fact the club’s sec­ondary car park is up be­hind the five Ard­nalee sib­lings.

VER­DICT: Drop an­chor at Ard­nalee.

Crosshaven, Cork Har­bour €415,000 Size: 221 sq m (2,386 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 6 Bath­rooms: 3 BER: D2 Ard­nalee House in Crosshaven, Co Cork, is an early Ed­war­dian de­tached home with many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures; it has al­most 2,400 sq ft of ac­com­mo­da­tion...

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