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over­the­house’smid-sec­tion ter­race. This deep ter­race with slid­ers to the kitchen/ din­ing, the hall, and the liv­ing room, can be shel­tered from the rain and in­clement weather by a se­ries of hinged slats form­ing a roof. When the sun and light is wanted, they hinge up­right to let it in.

It’s just one of a num­ber of ‘James Bond’ giz­mos, yet with prac­ti­cal pur­pose, and al­lied to it all is pro­gram­mable light­ing and mood light­ing through­out, switches that work at a touch, not a noisy ‘click’, top light­ing fit­tings, and the enor­mous TV can be made dis­ap­pear from view with a re­tractable slid­ing cover.

In an op­po­site, rev­e­la­tory move­ment, in the sleek German-en­gi­neered LKW kitchen (via the com­pany’s Lon­don Ca­nary Wharf show­room) and its cat­a­logue of Siemens ap­pli­ances and its enor­mous is­land is the pop-up ex­trac­tor. It hides out of view, within the is­land, and glides up at the touch of a but­ton to work its whiff-ban­ish­ing magic.

It’s a fea­ture seen now in some mid and up-mar­ket kitchens, so at least some oth­ers among us can keep up with one or two bits of the bang-on smart home trends on show here.

Other tech-touches that are in­cluded are the heat-re­cov­ery ven­ti­la­tion, as part of the un­der­floor geo­ther­mal set-up, with all rooms in­di­vid­u­ally and re­motely con­trol­lable for tem­per­a­ture and com­fort.

Agents En­gel & Volk­ers de­scribe the floaty, open-tread hard­wood and glass-balus­tered stairs as be­spoke, and Co­rafinne has its four en suite bed­rooms split over the house’s two lev­els.

Es­sen­tially an ‘up­side down’ lay­out, it has its mas­ter bed­room up on the first floor, to­wards the back, with views south and east, with ex­ter­nal deck and gar­den ac­cess from one end. It’s pri­vate, and plush yet min­i­mal­ist, with slide-away stor­age, top bath­room suites, with No­ken Porce­lanosa san­i­tary ware.

It in­cludes a free stand­ing dou­ble-ended bath, a sep­a­rate WC, and an enor­mous shower en­clo­sure, large enoughto­house­and­dousea Kin­sale Sev­ens vis­it­ing team...not that they’d be let near a place as pitch-per­fect as this des-res.

The three other, ground floor bed­rooms are also en suite, with sim­i­lar No­ken Porce­lenosa san­i­tary ware and low-key, lux­ury tiling that’s not go­ing to date.

All three bed­rooms get south-fac­ing har­bour views and the end one to the east has lower gar­den ac­cess.

Also down at this lower level (it’s the main en­try point if ar­riv­ing by car) is a lobby, lower hall, a comms rooms with in­dus­trial-grade wiring box, a guest WC, and a dou­ble width, tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled­winecab­i­net for hun­dreds of bot­tles of red and white.

Back on the main up­per level, it’s again all about the 2 Aaah, the suite life. Even plush ho­tel pent­house suites can’t hold a scented can­dle to this bliss­ful bathing spot at Scilly’s lux­u­ri­ous 21st cen­tury villa. Stand alone bath? Check. Enor­mous shower, big enough to share? check? And, the WC is sep­a­rate? Check. 6 Cushy out: sit pretty and pretty com­fort­ably on up­hol­stered qual­ity gar­den seat­ing, beats the heck out of sweaty pvc ‘rat­tan’ views, though the in­te­rior fin­ishes come a close sec­ond in terms of ad­mi­ra­tion and vis­ual (and, tac­tile) ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

The main sit­ting room is 27’ across and 12’ deep, floored with Cregg stone, and has its gas fire and TV en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem on the in­te­rior wall, so as not to con­flict with the scene-steal­ers out­side.

There’s also the shel­tered bal­cony mid-ships ter­race, while the fam­ily/din­ing sec­tion by the kitchen is triple as­pect and, again, all draw is to the win­dows and Scilly land and wa­ters be­yond (and, you know you’re at the wa­ter’s edge when seag­ulls seem un­able to avoid spat­ter­ing the win­dows with their guano as they wheel and turn.

Done to the same stan­dard as the build is the ma­ture, walled and land­scaped gar­den, done by Schull-based Lars Buelb, orig­i­nally from Ger­many. City-based land­sca­per John But­ler is on con­tract to keep it groomed, to a stan­dard that wouldn’t be out of place on a green at the Old Head of Kin­sale Golf Course.

Which is where we came in, and which caused Co­rafinne to come into ex­is­tence, yes?

VERDICT: Dear­est Mun­ster non-coun­try home home launch of 2017 at €2.75m — and it’s spec­tac­u­lar. It’s just a short walk to Kin­sale town cen­tre, yet is al­most a pri­vate, aloof world away. May not even be around too long.

4 A lux­ury op­tion with ground floor bed­rooms is gar­den ac­cess. Co­rafinne has just the job, with a slen­der ope in its wall-towall glaz­ing 5 Go to court: court­yard ac­cess al­lows a sort of shed­ding of the out­side world, be­fore head­ing into the sanc­tu­ary...

1 Turn your world up­side down. Don’t turn your nose up at a slop­ing site, but use it to ad­van­tage if you have a view worth bathing in. Here at zinc­clad Co­rafinne, the main liv­ing quar­ters (and mas­ter suite) are up­stairs with huge pic­ture win­dows, plus...

3 Wa­ter, wa­ter ev­ery­where. As if all that sea wasn’t suf­fi­cient, the land­scaped gar­dens also con­tain a wa­ter fea­ture...that’s over-rill?

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