This architect-designed home on the edge of a 940-acre nature reserve is an Instagram dream
Coorannel House €695k
Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve in West Cork is one of those conspicuous examples of the state making an absolute hames of things and then having to atone.
It was established as a nature reserve in 1991, or it might be more accurate to say it was rescued. Back in the 1950s the state acquired 940 acres of the woodland and immediately set about felling its ancient oaks and planting vast areas with commercial coniferous forestry instead.
Now 740 acres of the woods constitute a nature reserve and much of the damage has been undone. The National Parks and Wildlife Service has cleared non-native conifers and replaced them with indigenous broadleaf species, protected existing habitats and added new ones, and waged a decades-long war on rhododendron.
Coorannel House is in a small clearing on the edge of the reserve, at the end of a 300-metre cul-de-sac. This means you can leave the house and begin rambling immediately among the fragrant woods. And for sequestered recreation it has four acres of its own, with a wildish natural garden doing a sideline in fruit and vegetables.
In keeping with its environs, it's a timber-frame house designed by an architect and built 10 years ago, and it's energy-efficient too, with a B3 rating.
It's 3,090 sq ft in an L-shaped layout, mostly on one floor but with a smaller first floor and a lower ground floor that's not quite finished.
The ground floor has an open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room, triple-aspect with a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace and French doors. There's a study too, as well as a separate utility and pantry. There's one bedroom on this level and the other is on the first floor, with an en-suite.
It's for sale for €695,000 with Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill in Clonakilty (023) 883 3995.