A charming 200 years old house a stroll away from the city centre, lovingly refurbished over the last five years. Situated on a quiet street, this is possibly the narrowest house in Cork: and unusual 3 storey sliver of a home.
The house is an (almost fully) restored characterful 2 bedrooms - Solene is an architect and this is our home.
The main living space (kitchen & dining) is situated at first floor level to make the most of the South facing sunny aspect. The ground floor comprises a sitting area and a back space, currently used for storage of diy materials (it could be a second bedroom or and office). The cosy master bedroom and brightly lit bathroom are on the top floor. If four guests are staying, two will be sleeping downstairs in the living area on the foldable sofas.
There is no TV in the house, but there is wifi and a good collection of books and graphic novels, in English and in French. We do have some decent DVDs as well in case you bring a laptop. On request, we can also leave a laptop for you to use (complete with Netflix).
You will have full use of the kitchen, including spices, tea, coffee etc.
While almost finished, like all self build this is still a work in progress. You might notice a few missing skirting boards and still to be perfected lighting quirks.
For the more technical blurb: as most buildings on Red Abbey Street, the house is on Cork City Council’s list of Protected Structures. Described by locals as “the Narrowest House in Cork”, is was probably built in the late 18th Century together with its sister house No. 21, though its floors were raised in the 1820s. After years of poor maintenance, we started full refurbishment works in 2010. This included a new roof, ground floor slab, doors and windows, insulation and lime plaster. The design aimed to respond to the unique challenges of the house (2.6m at its widest, a small 45m² spread over three floors) while making the most of its original qualities and surviving features (double orientation, South facing front façade, original doors, architraves and staircase). We designed bespoke joinery and furniture to maximise storage space and installed internal windows to provide long views through the whole house.
You will have access to the whole house. Please note that the back room at ground floor level is currently home to stacked boxes and a ladder.
Interaction with guests
The house is only available when we are away, but we will do our best to be reachable by phone or email during your stay, in case of any issue.
Mostly, we hope you feel at home.
It would be great if you could take off your shoes when in the house (we do) but this is not compulsory.
Also, be aware that because the walls are lime plastered, the wall paint is breathable. Which unfortunately means it is not wipe clean, except in the kitchen. Generally this means that it is a good idea not to touch the walls too much or throw wine at them (we will leave instructions in case this happens).