A vintage car isn’t the only class in this £795,000 Rathcooney mansion

At first glance, Timaru, a mansion in Rathcooney, has nothing in common with a major cargo port in New Zealand’s South Island, also called Timaru.

It’s all in the name, as it often is. Timaru, derived from the Maori ‘Te-Tihi-o-Maru’, means ‘place of shelter’, and at its most basic level, that is what this home is.

There are very few other basic things about Timaru, which is large enough to house a small army. More than twice the size of a standard 3-bedroom tractor-trailer (nearly 3,500 square feet) and enough land to gallop a pony (1.6 acres), there is, to paraphrase the naturalist and writer Gerald Durrell, more than enough room for family and other pets.

Front view
Back view
Back view

“We’ve had four children and many animals over the years – ponies, cats and dogs etc,” the owner explains. And they had a paddock and stables to boot.

They chose Rathcooney for their home because the housewife was a local and they chose the name Timaru because he stayed with the owner after he traveled to New Zealand in the early 1990s. bought the site, they hired now-retired architect Peter Buckley to design their dream home and for their very large garden they went to the late artist and landscape designer Brian Crosse.

“He did the design, but we literally planted everything ourselves,” the owner explains. Everything they planted matured beautifully in the years that followed, from the bank of hydrangeas brought from West Cork onto the lawn, to a dramatically drooping weeping cypress purchased in the Midlands, to the spectacular plants of rhododendrons.

Bench of hydrangeas in Timaru
Bench of hydrangeas in Timaru

There is growth in all directions so the site is very private, much of it protected by trees.

It’s also at the back of a cul-de-sac, called Oakridge, off Rathcooney Road, so through traffic isn’t an issue. There are no more than a handful of houses in the cul de sac, all spread out, all upscale, all on beautiful sites.

The owner says what they loved about their home at 3 Oakridge was the space and the quiet.

“We raised our family here and there was so much space. And as they grew, the house could handle it,” he says.

In addition to Timaru’s ability to adapt to changing needs, what they also appreciated was the tranquility.

“The calm is one of the things we appreciated the most. And although it was very quiet, we were only five minutes from Glanmire,” says the owner.

The look of the site was another positive. A king-sized rear patio faces south and can accommodate multiple seating areas.

Accessed through double doors from a large living room which runs the full depth of the house (24’4″x14’4″) and also from the veranda, it is a superb outdoor dining area – although you’re already spoiled for choice inside, as there’s a large open kitchen-dining room with center islands and a breakfast bar, not to mention a formal dining room, which is slightly two levels from the kitchen, on a lower level. It’s the perfect indoor/outdoor setup for entertaining/circulating guests.

Kitchen
Kitchen
Living room
Living room
Dining room
Dining room

One could say that there are too many rooms on the ground floor, because in addition to the four already mentioned, there is a living room (17′ 4″ x 17′ 4″) and a TV room/boudoir, as well as a very generous reception room, a WC on the ground floor and a laundry room.

conservatory
conservatory
Reception room
Reception room
tv room
tv room

Oh, and there’s also a downstairs bedroom, with another door to the patio.

The remaining four bedrooms are above, the largest of which has an en-suite bathroom and dressing room.

master bedroom
master bedroom

The other three share a bathroom. Above is again the fully floored, plastered and painted attic, measuring 42’7″ x 15″5′, with two velux windows, so even though the five bedrooms were needed for family members, the Work from home options still abound.

Attic ready to convert
Attic ready to convert

In fact, even if you need to work from home, you don’t have to be home per se, as there is a full-fledged home office on a separate part of the land. This two-story, 930 square foot building, nestled among the trees, is also currently used as a home gym. Future uses are at the discretion of the new owners.

Home office and gym
Home office and gym

There is also tons of space to park and the current owners have made good use of it. There’s a passion for vintage cars in the family, and there’s a British classic owned by an extended family member, a 1955 MG TF. It’s a touch of luxury that goes well with the overall look of Timaru (spot it in the photos), which ERA’s Sean McCarthy sales agent Downey McCarthy describes as “a truly magnificent residence…in beautiful mature gardens”.

Timaru Oakridge Rathcooney
Timaru Oakridge Rathcooney

“This is a great opportunity for potential buyers to acquire a family home in perfect condition in the most convenient location,” he says of Timaru, which he is marketing with an AMV of €795,000.

He points out that whilst enjoying “countryside views and a rural setting”, it is nevertheless just 2km from the village of Glanmire and around 6km from Cork city centre.

VERDICT: You won’t be short of space in this luxury family exchange, set in beautifully landscaped grounds.

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