Immaculate Victorian Period City Centre Home

Immaculate Victorian Period City Centre Home

Nigel

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
3 Bathrooms
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Our home

Our three-story Victorian home was built in 1875 by the architect William Hill, also responsible for some of the major landmark buildings in Cork City including the Crawford Gallery and the famous Metropole Hotel. All of the original features including shuttered sash windows and nine real fireplaces! are still in use today, including one in the main bathroom - a great place to spend a winter's afternoon! The house is a protected structure and we have lovingly restored it to its former glory while adding a modern architect-designed kitchen/dining room at the rear and full central heating.

The house has always been something of an artist's enclave and stained glass windows and works by some of Cork's most famous artists surprise you at every turn.

We're just ten minutes walk from the city centre and do our shopping in Cork's legendary English Market - Pat O'Connell's prawns are magnificent - the man who made the Queen roar with laughter during her visit last May!

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Who we are

  1. We are a couple with one child, Jocelyn aged 3. Jan is a professional photographer, mainly architecture, while I - Nigel - work in media and public relations. We love travelling and think this is a great idea. We adore good food, meeting people, are into most sports, though we differ on skiing! We have done one home exchange inFrance and loved the experience. We are really looking forward to getting in touch with some more great people.

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Where is it?

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Our area is one of the oldest communities in Cork City and just round the corner are a pharmacy, deli - Aveen's cupcakes are unreal - five pubs! a local shop - where Katie always has a smile - and a butchers. All of these are within 200 yards so you can live a complete life in the city without a car if you wish.
Cork City Centre is a ten minute walk where you have a fantastic nightlife, great restaurants and shopping. Lonely Planet 2012 describes the city as "Chock full of great restaurants fed by arguably the best foodie scene in the country" and says of the county: "Everything good about Ireland can be found in Co Cork".
A 15-minute stroll gets you to St Finbarre's Cathedral while University College Cork is just another ten minutes further on.
Further afield to the South West is Kinsale (half hour drive), home of the gourmet festival and renowned for its restaurants and Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club. While to the East about the same distance is the world famous Ballymaloe Country House where Myrtle, Darina and Rachel Allen make everything "simply delicious".

Schull, Bantry and Ireland's most westerly point Mizen Head are 90 minutes west while Blarney is only 10 kilometers away on the way to Killarney which is about an hour and a half's drive.

Other cool places are Cobh - the Titanic's last port of call (30 minutes), Crosshaven - home of the oldest yacht club in the world (30 minutes), Glengarriff, where legendary actress Maureen O'Hara has just opened her film centre.

If you are into Golf then aside from the Old Head there are 10 championship golf courses and a pile of others within 45 minutes drive, while the legendary Ballybunion, Lahinch and Waterville links are all less than two hours away.

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