It’s the room at the centre of all family life.
And if a top-notch kitchen is a key requirement in your house hunting journey, one beachside East Cork gem could be everything you’ve ever dreamed of.
This glorious, light-filled space in Ballynamona in Shanagarry, Midleton is where Ballymaloe chef Rachel Allen filmed her TV cooking show Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen.
Built by Allen and her husband Isaac as their family home in 2004, it’s listed with Sherry Fitzgerald O’Donovan at €795,000, offering one home cook (or wannabe) the chance to snap up a very tasty deal indeed.
With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the coastal home boasts uninterrupted views of Ballycotton Bay and Lighthouse. Ballymaloe and the blue flag Ardnahinch Beach are a stone’s throw away too.
It’s spectacular outside, but it’s the interior that makes this property unique in a number of ways.
Guests are welcomed into the large open plan kitchen, dining and living area, which extends the length of the home.
High vaulted ceilings and a large feature circular window ensure the area is flooded with light and the decor is modern farmhouse; clean and bright but cosy and comfortable.
There’s a fully fitted kitchen with the must-have double Aga and gas hob. This area is also wired for surround sound, so you can whip up a Sunday feast to the soothing strains of Lyric FM at the weekend.
To the rear of the kitchen, stone steps lead down to a dropped living area with comfy cushions upholstered in chic grey Kerry Wool; a cosy spot for relaxing with a cuppa or entertaining.
There’s built-in seating, huge wall-to-wall windows with panoramic views of Shanagarry Bay.
There’s also room for a family to spread out, with a further sitting room, a utility room complete with Belfast sink, four spacious bedrooms, a large ensuite, shower room and a bathroom.
The garden is a key feature of this coastal home (imagine the barbecues).
The property stands on approximately 1.75 acres of mature and well-maintained gardens, with sweeping views to the sea to enjoy all year ’round.
If all that leaves you wanting more, there’s a large detached double garage that could be turned into an office or a separate living space for guests.