You might have admired the tiles on The Six O’Clock Show.
Now there’s an opportunity to make TV chef and food writer Lilly Higgins’ Cobh kitchen your very own, provided you’ve got the budget.
Lilly and her husband Colm O’Donovan are selling their beautifully restored period home, which has long provided the backdrop for her television cooking segments and Instagram stories.
No. 1 The Crescent, Spy Hill has hit the market guiding at €653,000 and with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, every inch of this spacious three-storey family home has been updated to reflect the couple’s laid-back, bohemian aesthetic.
Built around 1860, The Crescent was designed to house Cork’s elite. In fact, the flat section in the Crescent’s cocoon was originally graced by a croquet lawn, and later a tennis court. It’s now a private communal garden for residents of the terrace.
The entire property has been sensitively and thoughtfully renovated with the help and guidance of Lilly’s dad David Higgins, a conservation expert whose company, Queenstown Restoration has restored buildings as diverse as the historic houses inside Elizabeth Fort to Michael Flatley’s gargantuan Castlehyde mansion.
Rooms with a view
While the interior is a treat, you’ll be hard-pressed to avert your gaze from the jaw-dropping views from almost every window.
The harbour is a hive of activity during the day and lights up like a jewellery box by night, while the private Indian sandstone patio enjoys uninterrupted views of Cobh Cathedral.
The entrance hall, complete with original tiles, leads into the spacious grand hall and the main living space, which boasts original floors, fireplaces and restored sash windows. A separate living room to the rear offers another view of the Cathedral.
“Upstairs there are two big front bedrooms offering superb harbour and town views (they really are spectacular), a rear bedroom looking out onto the Cathedral and the Bishops Palace.” says agent Johanna Murphy.
“There was a fourth bedroom on this floor but a nice size bathroom and a large hotpress were installed instead, which makes complete sense.”
The basement, which leads into the private terrace and garden, consists of a sitting room with a bay window, utility room and kitchen, bathroom, playroom, or office.
“Out the back are storage vaults for all the world, ideal for the gardening tools etc. Back in the day, the basements of the Crescent were self-contained apartments so again you could so do this if you wanted,” says Murphy.
Interested in learning more about No. 1 The Cresent? Check out the property listing in full at johannamurphy.com.