A water’s edge approach through double entrance gates along a sweeping driveway past original whitewashed pillars leads you to Annefield House, a home steeped in history.
Immediately you are struck by a picture-perfect Victorian stone property surrounded by original Bothán style outbuildings and log barn. You would be forgiven for imagining you had arrived at a home in Provence with its woodland surrounding, a glimpse of the sea through the towering mature trees and a blanket of bluebells to complete this dreamlike setting. And if you think the setting is spectacular, wait until you experience this stunning home. Lovingly restored by its current owners thirteen years ago, the intricate attention to detail is evident in every room from the Chalon Handmade kitchen to the Ebonized wooden bun door handles. From the antique marble fireplaces and roll top baths to the Fairco sash windows and doors, as well as the multiple Aga stoves giving a cosy feel wherever you wander in this magnificent home. Reclaimed dark oak stained pine wood floors are a feature in many rooms from an old college in London while fabrics came from Kate Foreman, Cabbages and Roses and Laura Ashley. Local workmanship was uppermost in the owners’ minds while restoring this beautiful home to its current glory.
The west facing stone fronted Victorian façade, complete with limestone plinths and cills, brims with colourful Clematis, Jasmine, Honeysuckle and David Auston Roses offers three entrances to the property. French doors from the limestone paved terrace lead to the kitchen/breakfast room, the heart of the home with its vaulted ceiling, Aga dual fuel cooker and an Aga freestanding woodburning stove. The original grain store is now a study with its own stairway from the Kitchen while the extensive utility/boot room gives access to a bespoke pantry, guest WC and to the rear. Through to the double ended lounge which also has a stairs to the upper level has double bay frontage and two marble fireplaces also leads on to the dining room and family room beyond. All living rooms are beautifully decorated with simple and classic Farrow and Ball cream tones with linen window dressing and reclaimed wood floors.
On the southern end, once the barn under a salt roof annex is now home to the wonderful master suite with its Cider Mill entrance door, reclaimed wood floor, extensive walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom. Upstairs is equally full of character where each room has original exposed beams, where you will find three bedrooms, one exceptionally large ensuite bathroom / dressing room, a second ensuite and the family bathroom.
The garden, with its rustic stone walls and pillars, boasts an extensive display of mature trees and shrubs including Western Red Cedar, Japanese Camelia, Horse Chestnut, New Zealand Cabbage Tree, Ash, Cherry Tree, Sycamore, Clematis and Hydrangea. Close to the house you will also find vegetable beds and a fruit garden before you can wander on the extensive lawn catching glimpses of the high tide through the majestic woodland.
The Shetland pony’s stable with power and water, a cottage/artist studio with shower room and WC, two large garden stores and the wood barn are incorporated in the extensive whitewashed outbuildings. Subject to planning permission, these are easily convertible to guest accommodation or for home office use.
Oysterhaven is a well renowned tranquil sheltered sea-inlet immediately to the east of Kinsale harbour. A 5 minutes stroll from Annefield House will take you to the pebble beach, a popular water sport location with sailing, kayaking and windsurfing facilities. Cosmopolitan Kinsale is only an 8 minute drive with its sheltered harbour being home to Kinsale Sailing Club, the marina in the heart of the town and it’s world renowned Old Head Golf Club and many other sports and outdoor activities available. Kinsale town, known as the gourmet capital of Ireland, has a wide array of eateries now including a Michelin Star restaurant. Nohoval is the local village only 5 minutes away with local shop, pubs and restaurant.
On the northern gable there is a lean to fuel store/potting shed.
Artist Studio (25 sq m / 275 sq ft)
Detached from the property at the southern end of the main house this studio has exposed stone walls, old fireplace ope, a shower room and wc and power, loft accommodation, roof lights – perfect for further renovation to a guest cottage or home office/studio. French door to rear garden.
Detached outbuilding with room for a pony or two, power and water.
Two large double doors, ample storage space for all garden machinery and equipment, open to rear.
Large open fronted wood store.
The outbuildings form a beautiful sheltered gravelled courtyard with ample room for parking. Wander behind the courtyard to the northern portion of the garden with mature trees and shrubs or step on to the front lawn which leads across to the southern garden where you will encounter many mature trees, specimen shrubs and flowers along with the vegetable beds and fruit garden. From both gardens, there are views of the water but what will strike you the most is the bird song. No need for music in this garden… it is provided by nature!
BER No: 101286136
Performance Indicator: 221.77 kWh/m2/yr