Substantial waterfront residence set on c. 5 acres
The Grain Store, being sold fully furnished, is an impressive and beautifully presented residence. Surrounded on three sides by the Ilen river estuary, it was originally built in the 19th century to store grain for export during the Napoleonic Wars. It underwent a complete transformation between 2000-2003 into a notable home whilst bringing it in line with modern 21st century living standards.
Ringarogy, although an island, is joined to the main land by an all-weather causeway. Once on the island, it is only a short drive to this property's discreet entrance framed by two stone piers. Approached over a private drive, which creates a wonderful sense of seclusion and privacy. The grounds are well landscaped and mature with a wide variety of specimen trees and shrubs. As you follow the bend in the road, the grounds unfold to a stunning aspect of The Grain Store framed against the backdrop of the river.
The final approach leads to a large parking area at the front entrance of the residence although also adjacent is a triple door garage, providing ample parking for a number of vehicles.
Clad in local stone and Bangor Blue® slate with a wraparound terrace, The Grain Store sits beautifully poised in an impressive position on the estuary. It is abundantly evident that great care and attention was taken during the sympathetic restoration and extension of this property.
On entering the entrance hall with its double height ceiling and clever use of design, there is a great feeling of space and light which is replicated throughout the house. There are views of the river from practically every room, each giving a different aspect to be admired and appreciated. With over 557 sq m (6,000 sq ft) of living space, there is a sublime flow to the rooms to enjoy one's own space whilst always feeling connected.
The kitchen acts as the fulcrum of the house, a contemporary space though made to feel very homely through the use of different natural materials such as maple wood and marble tiles, though most interestingly all work surfaces are made from Lava Stone. This durable and unique stone is primarily hand-quarried from opencast Volcanic quarries. There is also an extensive list of integrated high-end appliances. To relax, there is a welcoming seating area and adjacent is a separate utility which is plumbed for washer/dryer.
The dining room has solid walnut floors and access to the sun terrace, it can accommodate a ten-seater dining table comfortably and also affords a substantial seating area with TV cabinet.
The sunroom is accessed by glass pocket doors from the dining room with separate access from the hall on the south eastern side, it has Indian sandstone flooring and access to south east sun terrace. This space is bathed in natural light courtesy of the wall to ceiling glazing which is enhanced by the light reflecting Indian sandstone where one can sit and enjoy the uninterrupted river view either with a morning coffee or a glass of something stronger in the evening to enjoy the setting sun or listen to the birdsong.
As with the reception rooms on the ground floor, the bedrooms boast an impressive size. There are five bedrooms, all en-suite. Though the master suite itself is exceptional with two dressing rooms, a magnificent Italian en-suite bathroom and a bedroom which almost feels like you are on a ship with tall wrap-around windows looking out on the estuary, there is no shortage of natural light. Another notable feature of the bedrooms is that they are all wired for TV.
Situated on the inner reaches of Roaring Water Bay and on the bank of the River Ilen with extensive direct private access to the shorefront with a private temporary pontoon allowing for easy access to Baltimore Harbour and the renowned sailing waters of Roaring Water Bay and ‘Carbery Hundred Isles' at all tides, providing a rare option when it comes to travelling from one's country house.
Further along the Wild Atlantic Way, Skibbereen (c. 7 miles) is a vibrant market town. It has a number of attractive shops, supermarkets, a thriving country market and restaurants. It was chosen as one of three towns in Ireland to roll out SIRO broadband and now has high-speed broadband connectivity. The project included the establishment of the Ludgate Hub which provides hot desks for individuals, start-ups or established companies.
West Cork attracts a very cosmopolitan population, with many artists and writers of renown residing in the area. It offers many leisure opportunities and sporting facilities together with a peaceful pace of life. There are many fine public houses and restaurants dotted along the coastline, two with Michelin star status.
Approximately 70 minutes' drive from Cork International airport, this is an exceptional residence and one that has to be viewed to be appreciated.
Entrance Hall: 22.1m x 6.5m. Italian sandstone floor, double height ceilings, concrete staircase with steel and glass balustrade.
Study: 6.1m x 4.6m. Walnut floor, handmade wall paper.
TV Room: 6.1m x 4.2m. Walnut floor, Built-in walnut TV cabinets with matching display cabinets & book shelving, handmade wall paper.
Cloakroom: Built-in floor to ceiling storage units.
Guest WC: 3m x 1.5m. Walnut floor, wc, wash hand basin with marble surround, matching mirror, shuttered blinds & handmade wall paper.
Kitchen: 9.4m x 7.5m. Marble tiled floor, maple wall and floor units with central island, Lava Stone work surfaces, integrated appliances such as Miele coffee maker, twin Miele dishwasher, Gaggenau steam oven & warming drawers, micro convection, Wolfe range & extraction with gas BBQ & gas hotplate with 4 gas rings, twin SubZero wine fridges, SubZero fridge freezer.
Utility Room: 3m x 1.9m. Plumbed for washer/dryer, storage units.
Dining Room: 10.1m x 4.9m. Walnut floor, access to South West sun terrace. Chandelier light fittings.
Sunroom: 9m x 5.6m. Indian sandstone floor, pocket glass doors to dining room, chandelier light fittings. Access to South East & South West terraces.
Side Hall: Italian sandstone floor.
Landing: Walnut floor & hot press.
Bedroom 1/Gym: 4.4m x 4.1m. Walnut floor, shuttered blinds, outside access via stone steps walnut stairs to mezzanine seating area.
En-suite Wet Room: 4.6m x 2.3m. Fully tiled with Carrera marble, wc, wash hand basin, double size shower & shuttered blinds.
Sauna: 2.2m x 1.4m.
Bedroom 2: 4.6m x 4.1m. Bamboo floor, chandelier light fitting & shuttered blinds.
En-suite Bathroom: 2m x 2m. Fully tiled, wc, wash hand basin, bath with pressurised power shower.
Bedroom 3: 5.1m x 4.3m. Solid wooden floor, built-in wardrobes.
En-suite Bathroom: 2.6m x 2.1m. Fully tiled, wc, wash hand basin, bath with pressurised power shower.
Bedroom 4: 5.2m x 4.8m. Walnut floor, Baccarat chandelier, built-in wardrobes.
En-suite Bathroom: 2.3m x 2m. Fully tiled, wc, wash hand basin, bath with pressurised power shower.
Master bedroom (5): 5.6m x 5.3m. Wall to ceiling windows looking out over Roaring Water Bay, Baccarat chandelier.
Bathroom: 4.9m x 4.5m. Fully tiled with marble, double shower with pressurised power shower, wc, wash hand basin, large corner bath, heated towel rail, shuttered blinds.
His & Her separate dressing rooms: Built-in wardrobes, shuttered blinds.
Triple door garage c.800 sq ft
Mains water, electric, private sewerage treatment works, oil fired central heating & ground source heat pump, Broadband available
Charles McCarthy Estate Agents
Tel: +353 28 21533