When a couple bought a 6.5-acre site in rural Wexford to build their dream home in 2007, they were no strangers to the construction business.
“We had already built three houses in the district, but with four grown-up children we wanted space for all of us to be able follow our different interests, and entertain family and friends in style. We were very keen on being eco-friendly, and we decided that every bedroom should have its own en suite bathroom,” is how the vendor summed up the grand plan.
The result is Kilmallock, an imposing, double fronted, energy-efficient family home with the generous interior floor space of 340 square metres.
The ground floor accommodation consists of a spacious hallway with a solid oak staircase, a sitting room, a dining room with a marmalade marble floor, an open-plan living room/kitchen, a hexagonal sunroom that opens to the patio and landscaped gardens, and a double bedroom with a luxurious marble bathroom.
The heart of house is the immense kitchen where a Rangemaster takes pride of place. “Being multi-fuel, electric and gas, if the electric goes due to a storm or a power break, it automatically switches over to a generator,” the vendor explained.
A large double wood-burning stove is set in a wall of exposed brick, serving both the kitchen and the sitting room on the other side of the wall. The marble-topped table seats 12, and the island unit, fitted with a wine store, is on wheels so it can be moved around.
The first floor houses five further en suite bedrooms and a laundry room. Doors on the landing open to a little balcony, big enough for a small table and chairs – the perfect place to greet the morning with its sylvan views over the surrounding countryside.
With energy efficiency in mind, solar panels that provide all the hot water year-round were installed. Broadband is excellent, so family members were able to work from home during lockdown. Central heating is oil fired and BER is B3.
An unusual feature is that Kilmallock has been divined for geopathic stress levels. Geopathic stress is caused by paths of underground water which create an electromagnetic field, distorting the earth’s natural vibrations. Sleeping or spending a lot of time in geopathic stress zones can affect health and wellbeing.
Having dowsed the plot, expert in his field Brendan Murphy decided that what Kilmallock needed was an underground geopathic barrier all around the house, consisting of copper piping filled with continuous running water.
Outside, the double height garage has a WC and a shower room and the loft is ideal for use as a home office.
With two of their children already having built their own homes on their land, the couple decided to downsize. Construction on what will be their fifth home, on a nearby plot, is almost complete.
“We’ve been here in Ballymurn for 40 years and love the area and the friendly community. While the house is in a private rural setting, we’re only a kilometre from the amenities of Ballymurn Village, 10km from Enniscorthy and 6km from the N11.”
Offered on a 1.2 acre site, Kilmallock is now on the market with a guide price of €499,000. For more information, contact Eleanor Hughes of Quinn Property at 054-9480000.
Article via Sunday Business Post by Ros Drinkwater.
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