TUCKED AWAY BEHIND mature trees and sitting on 1.1 of an acre, The Orchard Field is an impressive 315 m² home that fools you into thinking it’s in the countryside.
A split-level home designed by architect Margaret Walsh, the house originally dates back to 1994 but saw a generous extension in 2008, which upped the floor space considerably. What stands here now is a tastefully decorated spacious home that’s surrounded by enviable gardens – and it’s just a 20 minute drive from Cork city.
The Orchard Field, which has five bedrooms and the same amount of bathrooms, is now on the market for €1.25 million. The current owners are downsizing seeing as their children have grown up, so it’s ready and waiting for the next young family to start making memories in.
On the ground floor, there’s no doubt that the hallway sets the tone for the rest of the house. A well-finished space with room enough to hang out in before you even reach the main social spots, this welcoming space connects to the inner hall, a studio and two large open plan areas that combine the kitchen and a dining area and then a living space and another place to eat in. While two sets of French doors lead to patios, a third set opens out on to the wraparound balcony.
Solid oak and maple flooring, a hand-painted solid timber kitchen and plenty of light prove that lots of thought went into the design of this unique home.
Two of the generously-sized bedrooms, including the main bedroom, reside on the ground floor along with a large bathroom. This level has underfloor heating and the main bedroom has an en suite and lovely double doors that lead straight to the garden.
The first floor is where the three remaining bedrooms are located, one of which is en suite, while the other two share a bathroom.
The acre or so of land that surrounds this striking house is home to a double garage with ample storage or could be used as a workshop, while keen gardeners will certainly gravitate towards the large polytunnel that stretches 8 metres.
The gardens are luscious and green mixing woodland with lawns, wild meadow and vegetable patches.
For sports enthusiasts of all types, Muskerry Golf Club, the Inniscarra Sailing and Kayaking Club and the Cork Powerboat and Waterski Club are all close by. The house is just 5km from the Inniscarra Community Centre, a sports facility that hosts Inniscarra GAA, Camogie Club as well as a community hall, playground, pitch and putt course and Muskerry Rugby Club.
It may feel like it’s located in the depths of the countryside, yet The Orchard Field is just a short drive to the city and Ballincollig. All in all, this is a home that’s sure to be a happy compromise for those who differ when it comes to urban or rural living.
The Orchard Field, Curraleigh, Inniscarra, Co Cork is on the market for €1,250,000 through McCarthy & McGrath Auctioneers.