Operation transformation in Cork
Ard na Mara €565k
If you want to know how to turn a modest, unprepossessing bungalow into a contender for Home of the Year, you could ask the owners of Ard na Mara, near Glengarriff, in west Cork.
They bought the bungalow in 2010 and completely transformed it, and it was featured in RTE's Home of the Year series last year.
It's on the N71 Cork to Killarney Road in the townland of Ardnaturrish Beg, and it's on an elevated one-acre site with views of Bantry Bay and the surrounding mountains, so the living areas have been organised with this spectacle in mind.
The total floor area of the house is 3,458 sq ft, mainly on one level but with a mezzanine to take better advantage of the views.
The main living area is an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room with a solid-fuel stove. The kitchen is fitted with a centre island with a polished concrete countertop, and there's a wall of windows taking in the view, with two sets of French doors to the gardens out the front and back.
Above this room is the mezzanine level, where there's a den or family room, a studio and a bathroom. There are three bedrooms in all on the ground floor, and the master bedroom is en-suite.
The grounds include several useful outbuildings for the home worker, artist or general tinkerer. One is a lofted garage or games room measuring 31ft by just under 20ft. The other is a workshop divided into two rooms - one 16ft by 13ft and the other a little under 25ft by 18ft.
It's about five kilometres from the village of Glengarriff down the N71, and 11 kilometres from Bantry by the same route. Cork city is about an hour and a half away by car.
The agent is Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill in Skibbereen (028) 21404, and the asking price is €565,000.