Life in the coun­try

Tr­ish Dromey re­ports on a beau­ti­ful dwelling with at­trac­tive views of the Ban­don Val­ley

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With ex­tra spa­cious liv­ing space, sta­bles, Ban­don val­ley views and an acre of land, Cur­ra­nure near In­nis­han­non, Co Cork, has much that could per­suade a Cork city fam­ily to take a leap of faith and move to the coun­try.

Orig­i­nally an old stone farm­house , it been turned into a com­fort­able mod­ern fivebed house with 5,500sq ft of ac­com­mo­da­tion spread over three floors. Car­ry­ing out the ren­o­va­tions in 2006, the cur­rent own­ers kept the foot­print and the thick stone walls of the orig­i­nal property but ex­tended at one side and at the rear. A small sec­tion of ex­posed stone wall at the front is now prob­a­bly the only in­di­ca­tion that this isn’t a to­tally new property.

Tim­ber-pan­elled ceil­ings on the ground floor give the rooms a lit­tle of the orig­i­nal farm­house look but it is a thor­oughly mod­ern home with tim­ber and tiled floor­ing, un­der-floor heat­ing and en suite bed­rooms. The own­ers have also added two bal­conies from which they can look out on the wooded hill­side at the rear.

Given the size of the property it’s not sur­pris­ing that it has some ex­cep­tion­ally large rooms in­clud­ing a 27ft long din­ing room at one end and a sim­i­larly long sit­ting room at the other. The tim­ber-floored din­ing room/ liv­ing room has a spiral stair­case go­ing down to the base­ment and up to the first floor. Along­side it’s a mar­ble tiled kitchen / break­fast room which has ex­ten­sive white shaker style units, black mar­ble counter tops with in­te­grated Bau­matic ap­pli­ances as well a cen­tre is­land.

To give it a lit­tle of the flavour of a farm­house kitchen the own­ers have put in an Aga and fea­ture stone al­cove with a tim­ber sur­round. Next to the kitchen is a mar­bletiled fam­ily room or study with a wrought­iron fire­place. Along­side it, at the end of the house, is an ex­tra long tim­ber-floored sit­ting room which has a fire­place with a stove. To the rear at ground level the own­ers added a fifth bed­room/gym and a cor­ri­dor run­ning the full length of the property with a bal­cony. In the base­ment level at the rear, the property has a util­ity room a wet room and a stor­age area.

On the first floor an ex­ten­sion at the side was used to cre­ate a large en suite bath­room with a Jacuzzi as well as a walk-in wardrobe for the mas­ter bed­room. To the spa­cious 20ft by 16ft car­peted bed­room they also added a bal­cony with coun­try­side views and pro­vided it with ac­cess, via the spiral stair­case, to the liv­ing room be­low it.

On this level, there is also a bath­room with a claw­foot bath­tub in ad­di­tion to three tim­ber-floored bed­rooms, all with en suites.

As a nod to­wards the property’s ori­gins , one of the bed­rooms has an an­tique-style wrought-iron fire­place.

In the land­scaped one-acre site the property has court­yard gar­den at the front, a pa­tio with a BBQ at the side and an ex­ten­sive lawns at the rear. At the other side is a court­yard and a sta­ble block with 11 units which was built by pre­vi­ous own­ers.

Over­look­ing the Ban­don val­ley, Cur­ra­nure is sit­u­ated at a pop­u­lar spot for walk­ers who can chose be­tween wood­land paths, hill walk­ing or fol­low­ing the old rail­way line.

Lo­cated 2km from In­nis­han­non and 21km from Wil­ton, it’s a 20 to 25 minute com­mute from the city.

Guid­ing Cur­ra­nure at €595,000 Cearb­hall Be­han of Be­han Ir­win Gosling (BIG) auc­tion­eers says it’s an ex­cep­tion­ally spa­cious fam­ily home which has been fin­ished to a high stan­dard. VER­DICT: Big!

In­nis­han­non, Co Cork Price: €595,000 Size: 510sq m Bed­rooms: 5 Bath­rooms: 6 BER: C1Cur­ra­nure: Orig­i­nally an old stone farm­house, it been turned into a com­fort­able mod­ern five-bed house with 5,500sq ft of ac­com­mo­da­tion spread over three floors.

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