Over the weekend I had the opportunity to take a peek inside this beautiful, rustic family home in Cork. Nested in a forest, surrounded by trees on all sides, this house is privately tucked away from the world.
The driveway meanders through the woods before curling around in to an open area where you can catch your first glimpse of the house.
I love the arched double-door front entrance with its wrought iron hinges and handles – it’s like something out of a fairy tale.
As is customary in most Irish countryside homes, we entered through the back door.
Inside, you can see that the interior walls are constructed with either brick or a mixture of larch and birch soft wood. The exposed beams and hardwood floors give the house a natural, rustic feel. Texture is added with patterned fabrics and baskets hanging from the ceiling.
The baskets don’t just add texture – they’re also a unique way to save space and store toxic cleaning products away from tiny hands.
‘Simplicity’ is something the owners tried to focus on. This is reflected in the kitchen cupboards which are simple, yet very cleverly designed. Instead of mainstream fitted kitchen units, the owners used brick walls and handmade wooden doors to design their own units.
Large, thick beams with rounded edges serve as counter tops.
A seat has been carved in to one of the kitchen counters so that you can sit next to the heat of the range.
The range heats the entire house including the water. The owners fuel it by felling the trees on their land.
Despite the single glazing, the house is really cosy – a testament to the power of the range and the insulative ability of wooden walls.
A lot of the furniture has been hand picked from auctions, antique merchants or vintage stores. Each item has its own personality and story to tell, such as the seating in their dining area which are actually pews from a church, or this wardrobe (used for storing coats) decorated with hand carvings.
There is a great sense of space and light in the master bedroom due to the high ceilings and plenty of windows.
Less is more in this no-clutter office.
Outside there is a shed for cutting and storing wood. There is also a separate building that houses a laundry room and a tool shed.
As we make our way back down the drive, we pass this little stone bridge that allows you to cross the stream that runs through the property. This place is picturesque, private and peaceful – everything you could want in a home.
By Jenna Crotty