Are you fond of a bit of Bikram?
If hot yoga is your favourite way to blow off some steam at the end of a long day, the idea of owning your own heated studio is probably something you’ve daydreamed about, but filed away in the ‘never going to happen’ folder.
At The Old Schoolhouse, a four-bed home that just hit the market in Kilbrittain, that pipe dream could become your reality.
Guiding at €495,000, the elegant Victorian period building (built c.1877) is a short stroll from Howe and Coolmain strands, around eight miles from Kinsale.
It’s been carefully renovated, extended and converted into an architect-designed residence that comes packed with a selection of fun treats, including a Bikram studio and no less than two barns that could be used for entertaining or transformed into workshops or accommodation.
The building began life as Gurraneasig National School, which had separate classrooms for boys and girls (two entrances from the front porch are a remnant of this set-up). The school was converted for residential use in 1961 and has been sensitively upgraded and extended in recent years to meet the needs of a modern family home.
“The property exudes character.” says agent Con O’Neill of Sherry Fitzgerald.
“The stone-fronted external facade is in perfect symmetry, while the large windows are set with pretty red brick surrounds and the property is accessed via an original, locally forged, wrought iron gate.”
A breakfast courtyard and sea views
The interior boasts high ceilings and large windows offering two items every house hunter has on their laundry list of ‘must-haves’ – light and space.
Oak veneer ceilings and lime plastered walls create a cool industrial vibe, heightened by a custom-built staircase and glass panelling. The stair treads are made from the reclaimed timbers of the original roof, while the stairwell wall is crafted from reclaimed mahogany.
“The entrance hall is a welcoming space and leads directly to the main living space, which has been cleverly subdivided into a lounge, living room, TV room and study while providing all the benefits of open plan living,” says Mr O’Neill.
“The feature Danish ceramic stove with large coil to retain heat for up to 12 hours adds to the character of this superb space.”
The kitchen/dining room is located off the main living space and opens onto the south-west facing courtyard area – perfectly positioned for alfresco breakfasts in the warmer months.
Just off the study is a hallway with a utility room and guest loo.
With four large bedrooms and a spacious bathroom upstairs, this is a property that is ideal for a growing family. The master bedroom boasts views to Howe Strand to the south and picks up the evening sun to the west.
One bonus that is guaranteed to excite the more enterprising buyer is a pair of modern barn buildings on 0.72 acre plot divided by the public road from the main residence, both included in the sale.
Block-built on raft foundations, the first barn contains 993 sq.ft of floor space and has super quilt insulation. This building is where you’ll find the hot yoga room, which can be heated to 34 degrees, the required temperature for Bikram yoga. The room is heated by a wood burner and also includes a shower along with a top of the range composting toilet.
The second large agricultural barn /workshop includes ample storage space, while the undercroft is ideal for entertaining and hosting outdoor dinner parties in the garden.
Already picturing those summer barbecues and group yoga sessions? To arrange a viewing of The Old Schoolhouse, contact Con O’Neill at Sherry Fitzgerald.