WHEN there’s an acre to play with, green-fingered homeowners can satisfy their every plant whim, which is exactly what a former Springfield House owner did. Not only did he plant as he pleased, but he also documented everything that grew in his garden, scrupulously tending a log during the 30 years he lived near Maryborough Hill, before passing this diary on to the family who have bought Springfield House, Lower Hilltown, from him c 20 years ago.
“I basically inherited the garden from the previous owner, so all I had to do was keep it tidy,” says the current owner modestly. He continued the tradition of documenting all new growth, including the dates when flowers and trees were planted, as well as their scientific and common names.
The result is a nearly 50-year journal of the gardens of Springfield House, a “very insightful little book” for future homeowners, who will reap the rewards of decades of passionate gardening.
Not only is the acre delicious, it is also immensely private. As a bonus, a spring runs along the edge of the site, forming two of the boundaries (no cost to guess the genesis of the house name), before converging to create a small freshwater pond that attracts storks and other wildlife, like foxes and hedgehogs.
All of this can be enjoyed from a variety of vantage points including a south facing patio next to the veranda, seating area by the pond, and additional seating near a small orchard, which the current owner has planted. .
He also installed a greenhouse, vegetable beds and a Scandinavian-style shed.
Flowering continues year round on this organic acre that could easily accommodate a second home, if building permit was granted, says Jennifer Roe, sales agent at Casey & Kingston, who runs the 1980s two-level property. to 900,000 €.
As it stands, the 226 m² house can accommodate two generations, with a granny’s apartment downstairs, which includes a double bedroom, WC and independent access from the garden level.
Another room on this level is currently used as a home office.
Ms Roe points out that the ground floor accommodation could also be used to generate an additional income stream.
The seller describes his house as “T-shaped”, with the sleeping quarters in the “foot” of the T and the main accommodation in the upper “T”, ie the first floor of the two-story section. .
These living rooms include a modern, spacious and open-plan kitchen / diner, renovated by the current owners in 2013, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering lovely views of the garden.
There is also a veranda with a vaulted ceiling and sliding doors leading out to a south facing patio.
A separate family room also offers an elevated view of the garden and there is a utility room.
On the other side of the house, five bedrooms include a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and three additional double bedrooms, while a potential sixth bedroom is currently used as an office. There is also a bathroom.
Ms Roe says the house, accessible by a tree-lined road, is beautifully situated just 2.5 miles from the village of Douglas and a 15-minute drive along the side road to Cork Airport. A 24-hour bus service runs through the front door and Cork city center is just 5 miles away.
The gardens, according to Ms. Roe, are “magical”, with a vast array of specimen plants and trees, which protect the property from the road.
With the current owners downsizing, having raised a family of four, they say this is a “perfect location, a house where we have had many happy years.”
Ms. Roe is already responding to strong requests from families living locally looking to exchange.
She expects most of the interest to come from people already living in the area who are interested in an acre property, as well as people working in the pharmaceutical sector in Ringaskiddy or Corkonians returning from Dublin. who see good value for money. Ex-Pats are also likely to feature.
Beautiful spacious house with wonderful garden. A fairly rare opportunity near the village of Douglas.