A house in West Cork that ‘floats’ on water for €1.1m – The Irish Times

Address: Glengarriff

Price: €1,100,000

Agent: Engels & Volkers

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It was never going to be an ordinary house for builder Des Morris. Originally from Douglas, the Cork man, who says “my birth certificate tells me to slow down”, has had a rather unusual property portfolio over the years.

From a converted watermill in Drinan, a seven-story silo that he converted into apartments, to a beachside villa in Owenahincha that he later sold to Canadian/Ukrainian model Daria Werbowy, his waterfront home in Glengarriff too. it is something out of the ordinary. common.

The top floor of this elevated three-bedroom home with 100 feet of private waterfront was a hospitality suite in a previous life. “It was actually a suite designed by O’Mahony Pike Architects in Cork for a large complex being built by Pierse Construction, which was building 300 apartments. It was a place where all the draws, meetings and viewings were held.”

Morris kept the frame and wood of the modular steel unit and added new windows and walls. In addition, he applied for and obtained permission to build a ground floor to the building, to give an excellent split-level house that appears to float while being secured to the underlying bedrock.

Initially, he wanted larger windows, to maximize views from rooms to the front: “But we were limited to just over two meters high, as we couldn’t put a crane in the way,” he recalls. Despite this, they remain generous in size and offer views that even on a dull day are food for the soul.

Your double garage with folding doors has room for two cars and your boat. A mooring is located in front of the tidal shore, which you reach by kayak to get on your boat (access to the water to launch a boat is about 250 m away in the village). The waters here teem with fish for seaside dinners, and just beyond are moorings deep enough for sailboats.

The fact that Garnish Island, one of the most important gardens in Europe, is located off the coast, means that it acts as a refuge from the prevailing winds from the southwest. It is also an area that has a unique microclimate due to its sheltered position and the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. This means the possibilities in the 0.75-acre gardens are endless, and for new homeowners, a trip to Garnish Island is a must for inspiration.

Interiors, as the photos show, are luxurious and all about the views, and the 180-square-meter (1,937-square-foot) property is incredibly bright as it benefits from a southern aspect.

Two double bedrooms are located upstairs, as is a contemporary Siematic kitchen and living room. Here, all water-facing rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors to look directly onto a balcony protected by a long glass balustrade. On the ground floor there is another en-suite bedroom and a spacious lounge, which could be converted into a fourth bedroom if required.

The striking waterfront home, which has a BER of B2, is now on the market through Engels & Volkers seeking €1.1m.

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