Blissful on the Blackwater
Tommy Barker visits a ‘field of dreams’ within commuting distance of Cork city
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