Would you like to live in your own architect-designed eco treehouse in the forest? This incredible eco house outside of Bantry is like nothing we're ever seen before
This five-bedroom home is on the market for €750,000 with Savills, who usually don’t take on many properties beneath the million euro mark. However, when you take a peek at the incredible architecture of Woodsmoke, it all makes sense.
Located just outside of Bandon in Co Cork, Woodsmoke is nestled into an ultra-private woodland with the undulating A-frame house replicating the surrounding treescape. Designed by internationally renowned architect Paul Leech of Gaïa ecotecture, the house uses eco-materials and passive energy to create a bright and cosy family home on the sloping site of a former quarry.
Split over a series of levels across three floors, you enter at the centre of the house, with a large, triple-aspect kitchen/living/dining space to the left that opens onto the glass conservatory. With two huge triangular dormer windows at either end, five-metre tall pitched ceilings and a wood-burning stove as its centre, it really does feel like you’re in the most spectacular treehouse. The conservatory does more than just create the perfect environment for a thriving grapevine too, collecting passive energy that heats the rest of the house.
Also off the main hall is an office space overlooking the gardens, a utility, a spare bedroom, bathroom and a covered carport with direct access to the house.
Upstairs are three more large double bedrooms and a large family bathroom. The principal room has an ensuite, a vaulted roof, plenty of light thanks to a series of windows and a Juliette balcony that looks onto the curved conservatory and the gardens beyond. Timber beams complete the space. The top floor is accessed via a spiral staircase where a secret fifth bedroom completes this truly unique home.
Outside, the mature gardens and meandering paths merge with the treeline beyond, giving the place a magical, ethereal quality. There’s also a woodstore and a workshop on the 2.25-acre property.
Take the full tour, below.