Barn-stormer that’s fresh in­side and out

Tom­my­barker is en­am­oured with a barn con­ver­sion where coun­try liv­ing is easy

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - | Property -

NOT only is the Bal­ly­heady, Ballinhas­sig property on two acres called The Barn ideal for those who love an­i­mals, it also back in its ear­lier days ac­tu­ally ac­com­mo­dated them... as the barn name might sug­gest.

Orig­i­nally an old-world sim­ple cot­tage in the late 1800s, it was adapted for use for keep­ing live­stock for a while, and in the 1950s went back to do­mes­tic usage, when a first floor with ex­tra liv­ing space was added on.

In its cen­tury-plus of his­tory, it also housed a home but­ter cot­tage in­dus­try, as much of its kin of the time did, and its fates churned again in 2007, when it was bought and ren­o­vated by its cur­rent oc­cu­pants, to the very com­fort­able level now wit­nessed on a visit.

It’s fresh in­side and out, and fresh on the market this past week with Johnny O’flynn of Sherry Fitzger­ald in Cork City, who says the ren­o­va­tion lev­els and com­forts are stun­ning.

The re­fash­ion­ing saw the own­ers in­sert a tim­ber framed build in­side the old stone walls, ad­ding even fur­ther to the depth of those same walls, and it all is so well in­su­lated it now gets a B2 BER rat­ing. If a new owner de­cided to hook up for so­lar pan­els (and it is plumbed for this al­ready) the 125-year old “barn” could hit an A rat­ing, says Mr O’flynn.

Lo­ca­tion is a few miles off the­main­road­out­from­cork city to­wards West Cork, 2 kms from Half­way and close too to the expanding Eli Lilly plant at Dun­der­row by Kinsale, so next oc­cu­pants could come from a range of Ballinhas­sig, Cork €450,000

Size: 162 sq m (1,750 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 4 Bath­rooms: 4

BER: B2 back­grounds.

It’s ideal for a life­style lo­cater, says Johnny O’flynn thanks to its two acres, with a one acre pad­dock to the back quite self-con­tained, and ideal for ponies.

Al­ready, there’s a sta­ble to hand on the property, which is reached up a long alnd and is pri­vate.

Rooms in­clude a hall, a liv­ing room with a gas stove in a cor­ner stone sur­round, a full-depth kitchen/diner with black gran­ite tops, a fam­ily room or op­tional bed four, plus util­ity.

Over­head are three bed­rooms with en suite mas­ter bed­room, and the other two share a bath­room in a “Jack & Jill” ar­range­ment, while the main bath­room has a dou­ble ended bath.

Ex­ter­nally the gar­dens are as im­mac­u­late as the in­te­ri­ors.

VER­DICT: Coun­try liv­ing made easy at this stone and tim­ber-built barn con­ver­sion.

This Bal­ly­heady house is one two acres, with a one-acre pad­dock to the back that’s self-con­tained.

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