Bliss­ful on the Black­wa­ter

Tommy Barker vis­its a ‘field of dreams’ within commuting dis­tance of Cork city

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An ac­ces­si­ble ru­ral Black­wa­ter val­ley area lo­ca­tion, on the CorkWater­ford bor­der by Youghal, is one of the attractions of Som­er­set Lodge. Other pulls in­clude a ‘field of dreams’ for lively and grow­ing fam­i­lies, plus a smart-or­der, com­fort­able home of 2,400sq ft with two of its four-bed­rooms en suite.

Listed with Fiona Hen­nessy of Sherry Fitzger­ald Hen­nessy and car­ry­ing a light-on-the-pocket €385,000 ask­ing price for such a sub­stan­tial home, Som­er­set Lodge is on 1.2 acres back­ing into wood­land, in a warm val­ley set­ting at Kin­sale­beg just of the main Cork-water­ford N25.

Car­ry­ing the prospect of coun­try liv­ing at about the price of a city or sub­ur­ban semi-de­tached home, it was bought by its cur­rent own­ers to ac­com­mo­date a young fam­ily. “The boys have now be­come young men, and the house is more than re­quired for our fam­ily’s needs, hence the re­luc­tance in a sale”, say the ven­dors who highly rate its work/ life bal­ance ap­peal and prox­im­ity to the sea, river and mountains.

It’s within a com­mute of Cork city, and good broad­band gives the op­tion of work­ing also from home, while the area has good schools close by and both Youghal and Dun­gar­van have a huge range of ser­vices and life­style attractions.

The spa­cious dash-and-brick fin­ished Som­er­set Lodge is a de­cent dormer, with ad­ja­cent lofted garage, which has a home of­fice over­head, and the house it­self has two prin­ci­pal wood­floored re­cep­tion rooms with open fire­places, kitchen/din­ing room with pine units, util­ity, and guest bath­room.

One of the four bed­rooms is at ground level, with en suite and so is adapt­able for fam­ily life, while up­stairs are three more, one en suite, and the main bath­room has a Jacuzzi bath and power shower.

Given the site’s acre-plus scale, “there’s most of a field of dreams for bud­ding foot­ballers out the back”, say the own­ers who set it up for play and games and hob­bies, plus dog run and ken­nel. Given the de­cent size of the garage and out­doors space, there’s also scope for projects such as boats, given the prox­im­ity to Youghal and the Black­wa­ter, with launch op­tions at piers and the Mona­trea.

VER­DICT: Som­er­set liv­ing is easy

Kin­sale­beg, Youghal Price: €385,000 Size: 223sq m Bed­rooms: 4 Bath­rooms: 4 BER: C3

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