THE WORDS ‘grand country house’ usually conjure a historic property, in a traditional mould. Avalon, at Kinsale, Co Cork, is nothing of the kind.
Set in a fold of green hills with views out across Kinsale Harbour, this is a striking piece of contemporary architecture which was designed to combine sensitivity to the landscape with eye-catching lines – not to mention a high level of luxury. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home is now on the market with Sherry Fitzgerald for €2.35million.
It is located just to the south of Kinsale, a short walk from the harbour at Sandycove, where residents have the right to private mooring.
Built across a single storey with varying levels that define and divide the interior spaces, the home is centred on an expansive set of reception rooms – the kitchen/family space, dining room, and living room. A second living room along the corridor creates additional scope for gathering.
The interior lines have been designed to make the most of the view to the sea: the roof lifts towards the windows to draw the eye and amplify the sweep of the views. The living room, kitchen and family room share a broad veranda which basks in sunshine through the day.
The bedrooms, meanwhile, have a slightly lower roofline to bring a sense of cosiness. The master bedroom is especially well appointed, adjoining a large en-suite that features a double bathtub with picture window looking over the view.
It’s no surprise in a property at this price to say that the interior fittings are to a high specification. The kitchen has one-of-a-kind concrete composite countertops, and integrated Miele appliances.
To ensure the home is welcoming through summer and winter, it combines a geothermal heat pump and boiler system, with zoned underfloor heating throughout and a heat recovery system.
Outdoor spaces are no less thoughtfully designed, combining open areas for rest or play with more secluded spots. A fire pit and a hot tub create outdoor possibilities for all seasons – while the current owners have often used the flat facade of the house as an outdoor cinema.
The home is 10 minutes’ drive from Kinsale town, 35 from Cork city, and 25 from the airport.