Some great ideas for you to use in your home and where to get them
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?