- Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
- Overall Floor Area: 567m2
Set behind wrought iron electric gates lies a meandering driveway under a canopy of mature shrubs and trees which leads to Kennitt House on the Rochestown Road. This is a bespoke family home that has evolved over time marrying the Arts and Crafts home originally constructed on the site with a modern extension constructed 10 years ago. This enhancement blends well; so much so that it is difficult to see where the original ends and the new begins. The overall size now boasts 6,100 sqft and offers an abundance of living and bedroom accommodation. Standing on a site size of approximately 0.7 acres it is hard to imagine that this home was anything other than its current configuration. The gardens are amazing and while the current owner was mindful to protect all that was already planted on the site during construction, the amount of attention given to the gardens over recent years has transformed the outside space. There are many specimen plants including rare and endangered specimens throughout the garden and some boast an ancestry to Kew garden whilst others are only found on Garnish Island. The oasis that this diversity and maturity creates in a location so close to all amenities is magical to say the least. An extensive patio, running the entire width of the house to the rear is so sheltered with its southerly aspect ensures it is a place in constant use. The selection of access points from bi-folding doors in the kitchen to double French doors in the reception hall means there is no excuse not to be outside on any given day. A well-stocked pond complete with fountain takes centre stage here.
The accommodation at ground floor level gives some of the best use of living space seen in the Cork residential market. The internal flow of living accommodation was thought out in tremendous detail at design stage with a brief to the architect to keep it simple, homely and comfortable while at the same time giving enough space to each of the important elements family life dictates while still being mindful to future proof it.
Extensive reception hall, lounge, teenage den, home offices, study spaces as well as spacious bedrooms and the heartbeat of any home, the kitchen, were all created with that brief in mind. It is clear the architect listened and the combination of all of these elements now delivered as Kennitt House is absolutely breathtaking. The kitchen/dining/living/snug is one room with four uses giving plenty of space to each of the uses and measures an impressive 1,100 sqft. Fitted with a House of Coolmore designed kitchen with top of the range appliances from the Gaggenau, Wolf and Miele lines, this area is bathed in southern sunlight throughout the day with walls of glazing looking out across the mature gardens. The main reception room, the lounge, weighs in at a further 530 sqft and with its dual aspect status is a beautiful entertainment space. These rooms are complimented further by the teenage den. The reception hall is a room of its own complete with fireplace and glazing to show off the gardens beyond. The upstairs has six bedrooms all en-suite many with a suite status boasting walk in robes. Such was the confidence in designing this home that the circulation spaces at the first floor level have been given careful attention to ensure no long dark corridors and instead spaces bathed in natural light. There are two separate access points to the first floor bedrooms.
All of the rooms are individually thermostatically controlled. With under floor heating throughout the ground floor as well as solar panels it is easy to see how this home returns a B2 energy rating. American oak floors, refurbished fireplaces and stripped original timber floors give this home a blend of finishes with stand out quality seldom seen in the residential market in Cork. The property is wired with Cat 5 with a Nuvo system compatible with Alexa and other smart speaker systems. It has a pressurised water system throughout and a boiler of a commercial status to service it all.
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