VERY ahead of its time when it was first designed and built in a rugged West Cork beauty site around 20 years ago, this distinctive blend of properties called Honeycomb House and its Honeypot Annex, an outlier of ecological life with roots going back 30 years.
The duo linked to Derryduff near Coomhola, between a mountain and the river and close to the Cork-Kerry border, also stands out in that it was built to be energy efficient decades ago and is expected to be neutral carbon in the future, a sort of grand design carried out by continental Europeans, in an entirely Irish setting.
Timber frame and timber cladding, with natural insulation and with a host of clever design touches that have only become more common recently, including geothermal underfloor heating and reed bed waste disposal by biodigester, the duo Honey with the promise of a nature-based lifestyle are for sale now for the Grubert family, with a price guide of £ 375,000 quoted by realtor Ray O’Neill from Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill.
This is part of a larger 1991 land / farm business program in Derryfarm, now associated with a 20-year-old non-profit organization called the Unicorn Eco Foundation.
After years of intense activity on the mountainside lands, the arrival of the larger four-bed house, called the Honeycomb, along with the one-bed annex called the Honeypot connected by a secret hallway, precedes the planned arrival of more property, including buildings and grounds, for the family / foundation at the Derryfarm site.
It sits in rocky ground in the main, above the Coomhola River which heads out to sea near Ballillickey, about three miles downstream between Bantry and Glengarriff on the scenic N71.
Guiding this quirky and hidden property on its two acres at € 375,000, Ray O’Neill says it’s both a rustic and unspoiled place, but convenient for the N71, with Gougane Barra inland and the priests Leap nearby.
Showcasing both architectural and ecological aplomb, the two-story house with special K-glass for heat absorption and retention “was built to a high standard of environmental friendliness which is reflected in its design. and is constructed of wood with a central fireplace that serves as both an open fire with a rear boiler and a solid fuel stove, ”says Mr. O’Neill, as well as a solid fuel stove, a water supply source, geothermal underfloor heating on the ground floor and wall heating upstairs.
The accompanying land includes natural planted gardens, vegetable beds, social spaces and seating areas, and is not entirely ‘off-grid’ as the sales brochure lists a TV room among the internal accommodations. from the main house.
The interior matches the natural and rustic exterior, with a cob-style open fire in a radiator-shaped frame, with a central spiral staircase wrapped around a chestnut tree, topped with carvings
Features include balconies, mezzanines, and galleries, and an overall organic earth, from top to bottom.
VERDICT: Planning on living a beautiful green life in a beauty spot in West Cork? Well, here’s one that was prepared for you earlier.