It looks like something from a movie set.
But ‘Woodsmoke’, a five-bedroom home that just hit the market around 2km outside Bandon, has some very real eco credentials carefully crafted into every nook and cranny.
Guiding at €750,000, the mesmerising structure is nestled in an ultra-private and enchanting woodland in Castlebernard.
Built in 1994 to a bespoke design by pioneering architect Paul Leech of Gaïa Ecotecture, Woodsmoke was exhibited in Paris as part of the L’Imaginaire Irlandaise exhibition and the RIAI Architectural awards.
With an A-frame roof and all windows purposefully placed to maximise natural light into the property, the house is designed with a cadence of five split levels following the southerly slope of the woodland terrain.
Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a gated entrance that leads up a winding driveway, surrounded by rare turkey oak, beech, arbutus, pine, and sycamore trees.
“The property is entered from the east via walk bridge.” say the agents, Savills.
“Stepping inside you will find a welcoming reception area. To the left-hand side, you will descend to the ground floor to find a spacious kitchen, living, and dining room.”
“This room has high pitched ceilings in excess of five meters high and master joinery, a common feature throughout the property. Large picture-style windows overlook the outdoor greenery, while timber paneling creates a superb warming interior. A solid wood-burning stove is positioned centrally providing a beautiful focal point with a Liscannor slate hearth.”
The conservatory connects to the main house, with a charming split-level office and library on the way to the guest bedroom, lavatory, utility, and garage off the entrance hallway.
On the third level, the en suite master bedroom boasts a triangular picture window with a Juliette balcony opening onto the conservatory below and the gardens beyond.
The main bathroom makes up the remainder of this floor, with two more double bedrooms are on the fourth level, one of which has access to a large storage room. The fifth level is accessed by a spiral staircase leading to a large attic room with three aspects, vaulted ceilings and built-in wardrobes – a dreamy home office, studio or yoga space for the right buyer.
Within the grounds you will also find a large high eaves wood store and workshop area, fully powered, which is accessed off the main driveway.
“This stunning property is located close to the bus stop, a moments’ drive from Bandon town centre with all essential and social services within walking and driving distance including Bandon Golf Club, Bandon Rugby Club, and Bandon Grammar School.” said a spokesperson for Savills.
“Cork Airport and Kinsale are a mere 25-minutes’ car journey away with Cork City centre also within reach in under 30 minutes. The property is ideally suited to traders up and those seeking to relocate to this wonderful and peaceful location.”
Intrigued? You can find out more about Woodsmoke by contacting Savills.