Mediterranean tranquility comes to East €695k Cork home with designer chill

THERE’s an all-around, international living feel to this mansion, with its crisp white walls, honey-colored terracotta underfoot, vibrant art and warm interior feel and custom joinery.

Split-level living room, dining room, next to kitchen
Crisp white plaster meets Kerry sandstone in Ballyrussell on 0.9 acre gardens.  Note lofted attachment at the rear
Crisp white plaster meets Kerry sandstone in Ballyrussell on 0.9 acre gardens. Note lofted attachment to the rear

However, the views betray the fact that it is very much in East Cork, very close to the hundreds of acres of walled estates of Ballymaloe House and Shanagarry, and also looking over rich farmland to the coast and beaches at Garryvoe, Ballycotton Island, and its lighthouse.

It’s alive on the shore, close, a few miles inland from the shoreline as the gull flies, but the view of the water is enough to get you started, with the lighthouse beams swaying and swaying like a beacon in more ways than one .

Living room on the first floor
Living room on the first floor

Then there is the ocean of
hardwood deck with tent-like tents for parties, but feels very maritime, while the multi-purpose rear wing and garage include a gym, other
gym equipment and surfboards widely used by the younger generation, raised here in the place called Ballyrussell.

The family who built here in 1998 had lived and worked abroad, in the UK, Europe and beyond, drilled into the visual media and creative arts and brought that sensibility to the
design of this detached house on a rural sloping plot of 0.9 hectares.

It’s a dormer in its broad nature, probably best described as “planner-friendly” for the day it was approved, but actually it’s worked much more subtly inside, with an airy feel, light coming from every quarter of an hour, and with both
bedrooms and living areas on both levels, all in about 2,400 sq ft+, and it feels even bigger, too.

The credit for this goes to a great partnership between the couple (she’s in the hair industry, he’s broad in visual and marketing media, advising both domestically and internationally) and their architect Kieran McDonogh, who is also a landscape architect, and they got this house to sit comfortably on its 0.9 hectare site, sloping, with two entrances on a very quiet and
picturesque little road leading from Cloyne to Ladysbridge,
along the land bank of Ballymaloe.

The duo were one of the first ‘blow-ins’ to be given permission to build here in the late 1990s, and have since been joined by a number of other one-offs on
sites of similar size. Since they are above the road, you need to slow down the car when passing to
appreciate the different styles, and this ‘white house’ is one of the more secretly placed.

With a son long out of school, the family is more mobile, both for work and pleasure.

Doggone: Enzo the Retriever is ready to say goodbye
Doggone: Enzo the Retriever is ready to say goodbye

They are about to trade in and already have a new build project near Midleton. They have given the sale of their house to real estate agent Adrianna Hegarty of Hegarty Properties, who is supervising it for €695.00.

Given his style and nature,
finish, setting and scope, plus a detached block built loft studio workspace with a further 650sq ft and even more scope, could it well exceed that amount? Most likely.

It is very suitable for living outside in good weather and the deck is
almost dance floor size, at about 1,000 square feet, in hardwoods and very well weathered, while the exterior of the house is a mix of white plaster and Kerry sandstone on the main gable at the top with French door access between the dining area and the deck.

Ms Hegarty describes it as “a
bespoke, contemporary family home, with impressive finishes” in a picturesque rural setting, expected to attract interest from traders in and around East Cork, as well as beyond, including
relocators from abroad who will like that it’s not all predictable and “traditional” but has thoughtful quirks.

The bespoke element can be found in things like beech and spalted beech kitchens, made by Homegrown Kitchens and a highly regarded company specializing in native Irish hardwoods. It’s a simple beauty, with units covered in sleek dark granite, plus there’s an unobtrusive little
central island with wooden tops.

Kitchen from Homegrown Kitchens with spalted beech panels
Kitchen from Homegrown Kitchens with spalted beech panels

All the wood is beautiful here and elsewhere, far from standard fittings or flooring, and even the doors have been upgraded in birch plywood with spalted beech inserts. The owners have also commissioned Homegrown to make their dining table and chairs very solidly crafted in native wood with eight upright chairs, all well-suited for an ensemble.

Whoever finally comes to buy, if they like this almost matching soul mates dining set up next to the kitchen, the
option to buy. the departing
sellers are willing to sell selected furniture that fits this home.

Habits of East Cork and
various Shanagarry and Ballycotton haunts can recognize a few different looks, such as the uncomplicated joinery, white walls and warm thick terracotta floor tiles, sourced from Spain.

Warm terracotta tiles and 'Homegrown' table and chairs, which can be sold by the house
Warm terracotta tiles and ‘Homegrown’ table and chairs, which can be sold by the house

It’s a sort of Stephen Pearce aesthetic (though no relation to the sellers) popping up in various East Cork properties, both domestic and commercial – a design influencer of its time, even if the dreaded term is a more recent arrival in the world of interiors.

Champagne memories
Champagne memories

Also noteworthy is the attention given to lighting, with a range of striking lighting fixtures from a variety of sources, pendant, pendant, wall mounted and freestanding, including a nice one the owners have made themselves in a red laced, almost corset-like topped champagne bottle. of their marriage. Other fixtures came from the likes of Mimo, a much-missed furniture and design shop in Cork in the 2000s, run by German couple Michael Haberbosch and Monica Hary (hence the abbreviated trade name Mimo).

This is a house with two ‘hearts’; it has that spacious living/dining/kitchen on the ground floor, light-flooded thanks to double aspect, with a nice mix of window shapes and double doors, and here is split level, with a divisible chimney breast with a wood burner as a heat sink to one side.

the back of the bosom,

opposite the kitchen, has a hollowed out section for displaying art, a ceramic piece at the moment, and the makers and painters roll call is quite a gallery list of contemporary ‘names’ – plus a few one-offs done by the owners themselves, equal impact and quality.

Chimney chest of time
Chimney chest of time

They put a second living room on the first floor, a quieter ‘retreat’ room, again double aspect, and it has some of the best views down towards Ballycotton a few miles to the south west, trees growing over the road are alone now
start eating in the wider ocean view. Some of it will definitely come back when the leaves fall in the coming months.

Each level also has two bedrooms, and the master (en-suite, with dressing room) has very clever pull-out storage solutions in deep side eaves, over an extension added to the rear of the house several years ago, again in top-quality joinery .

Apart from the main building, the
recently added back lean-to extension
offers a multi-purpose home cinema, games/gym/party room, with shower for post-games, road-running and beach days, and it’s conveniently linked to an integrated garage for storage and seas.

The detached annexe, lofted and used as a workspace and studio, meanwhile could be slightly upgraded for guest use, Airbnb or a two-level home office, and the high glass gable wall is just outside an opening door and balcony for views. at Ballycotton. It’s a racing certainty that new occupants will only want to consider this add-on feature…

Upper deck: 'pull-out room' on the first floor with shutters
Upper deck: ‘pull-out room’ on the first floor with shutters

There are no signs of corners being cut anywhere here (even if some rooms are off-center and refreshingly non-rectangular in shape), and the lateral thinking incorporated into the architect-supported design is seen in ideas as well. like an internal glazed wall above between the landing and the living rooms. Neat and clear, in more ways than one.

“We wanted a clear and uncomplicated
Mediterranean character inside and out,” says one of the owners of the house.

Aided by the many windows, white walls, sand and cement plaster – even the ceramic birdhouses on the side walls for sparrows and swallows, and the rough plastered low walls by the garden step to a lower parking lot give a trek-get-away feeling at this full-time home in near the coast in East Cork.

Master bedroom with pull-out storage in the eaves
Master bedroom with pull-out storage in the eaves

Nearby beaches include Ardnahinch,
Ballynamona, and Ballybrannigan, and Midleton and the railway and Cork harbor are about 15 minutes’ drive away…if you have to leave.

VERDICT: There’s a lot more going on here that’s pleasing to the eye than a cursory glance might suggest.

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