Class and elegance personified is Hazelhurst, this wonderful four bedroomed semi-detached family home boasting some of the best views Cork city has to offer with an exceptionally large and beautifully landscaped garden that extends all the way down to the River Lee.
Set behind unassuming gates on Sunday's Well Road, from street level one wouldn't think that such a substantial property lies behind, and once the gates close behind you, you could be anywhere in the world. With such an abundance of space, it is hard to believe just how centrally located in Cork City you are. However, the picturesque views across to FitzGerald's Park, UCC's Aula Maxima and other iconic Cork landmarks serve as a constant reminder that you are only ever minutes from all that the city has to offer.
The house itself dates back to the 1800's and was carefully restored over the course of three years during which time it was re-imagined, making slight alterations to the floorplan to make it an exceptionally comfortable modern family home whilst retaining the charm, character and originality of the house which is evident throughout in features such as the sash windows all with functioning shutters, original front door and intricate cornices to name a few. The entire project was completed to a flawless standard by Hanrahan builders and overseen by architect & conservationalist John Hegarty.
Accommodation extends to approx. 229.3 sq.m (2,468 sq.ft.) spread over three floors and has been clevery laid out with all reception rooms facing directly south to maximise both natural light and the stunning views over the rear gardens, FitzGerald's Park, Mardyke sports arena and the Cork city skyline. Every room enjoys generous proportions and three of the four bedrooms have an en-suite.
During the restoration process, the current owners also renovated the outbuildings. What was previously the garage has been beautifully transformed into a multi-purpose studio of approx. 500 sq.ft. - ideal for a home gym, cinema or office which also has its own bathroom and kitchenette making it a perfect space for guests to stay enjoying complete privacy.
There is also a WC and 3 storage areas accessed from the courtyard including a wine cellar.
The remaining two outbuildings consist of an original greenhouse that was carefully restored to its original form and a garden room of approx. 236 sq.ft. that was added during the restoration. This gorgeous room is fully glazed to take in the natural light and views on offer. The sliding doors open out on to the patio / barbeque area.
An equal level of care and attention has been shown to the outside of the property. As you enter through the electronic gates, there is a large driveway leading to the front of the house that offers ample parking space for several cars - a rare commodity in the area.
The gardens are tiered, getting lower as you go further down the garden towards the river. The top tier has a patio, ideal for outdoor dining that can be directly accessed from the dining room creating a lovely connection between the indoor and outdoor accommodation. There is stepped access to the next level where you will find a second patio area and a stunning multi-purpose garden room. From here, a winding graveled path lined with beautiful stonework done by Barry Kidney who also carried out much of the landscaping of the gardens. The garden levels off at the end of the pathway where the long lawn begins, leading all the way down to the bank of the river with a wonderful selection of mature trees on the way and a magnificent Magnolia Stelatta at the end of the garden which can be seen from FitzGerald's Park.
It is exceptionally rare that properties like this come to the market, even more so ones that have been so meticulously restored to such a high standard.
Viewing is essential to fully appreciate all this exquisite home has to offer.
Entrance Hall Upon entering through the original front door from the 1800's, the character from the Georgian era continues in the entrance hall with the high ceilings, beautiful cornice and ceiling rose and feature archway.
Family Room 3.40 x 5.10. Cosy reception room that enjoys great natural light and features original wooden floors and solid-fuel stove.
Kitchen 3.90 x 4.60. The kitchen is open plan to the dining room and has 3 original alcoves dating back to the 1800's which were uncovered during the renovation. An Aga has been installed in the middle alcove, with an oven & hob to the right hand side and storage to the left. The reclaimed kitchen units date back to the 50's and are finished with a beautiful marble countertop. There is also marble flooring, recessed lighting and access to the rear courtyard that is home to a large tree fern and four vaulted cellars, one of which is for wine storage.
Dining Room 4.60 x 4.80. The dining room allows light to flood in from the south through the large glazed doors which, when opened create a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors making it ideal for entertaining, particularly on long summer evenings. The dining room also features wooden flooring, an open fireplace and decorative cornice.
Utility Room 3.40 x 2.02. Discretely hidden away from the main living accommodation, the utility room houses the washing machine and dryer.
WC Two piece suite with tiled flooring and centre light.
Drawing Room 6.80 x 4.60. Multiple factors come together to make this room a truly special place to be. The 11ft high ceilings, the original fireplace, the coving and ceiling rose, the bold Churchill wallpaper and the two large sash windows that frame the spectacular view over the gardens, River Lee, FitzGerald's Park and Cork city skyline.
Bedroom 2 4.60 x 3.90. Double bedroom to the rear of the property with original wooden flooring and fireplace.
En-Suite Three-piece suite with wooden flooring and tiled shower walls.
Bedroom 3 3.40 x 4.80. Double bedroom adjacent to the drawing room with wooden flooring and sash windows overlooking the gardens and city skyline.
Bathroom Three-piece pump shower suite with wooden flooring and tiled shower walls.
Master Bedroom 6.80 x 3.20. Situated on the second floor, the master bedroom is a superb vantage point and offers the most magnificent views over the gardens, Cork city and beyond through the two large sash windows. There is original wooden flooring and wall to wall high quality fitted wardrobes.
En-Suite 3.70 x 1.60. Four-piece bath & shower suite with heated towel rail, velux window, wooden flooring and tiled shower walls.
Bedroom 4 4.60 x 3.60. Double bedroom overlooking the coutyard area with wooden flooring and sash windows.
En-Suite Three-piece shower suite with wooden flooring.
Studio 8.80 x 4.30. Previously the garage, this building has been beautifully transformed to create a very versatile space. It would make an ideal home gym, cinema or office and has its own bathroom and kitchenette facilities making it perfect for guests staying over.
Garden Room 7.30 x 3.00. The garden room was an addition during the restoration and renovation process. Currently in use as an art room, there is great potential for a multitude of uses. It is fully glazed to maximise the light and gorgeous views. Its location on the patio / barbeque area makes it an ideal reception area to relax on long summer evenings after a barbeque when the sun goes down.