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Inver, Low Road, Cobh, Co Cork: This fine old Victorian property built in 1860 was once home to the Hungarian Consulate and still retains an air of grandeur. Designed with entertaining in mind, there is an elegant drawing room with bay window, marble fireplace and corniced ceiling, and a double-aspect dining room with butler’s pantry.
In fact, with eight bedrooms, there’s plenty of scope to run a B&B like some of the neighbouring properties along Low Road in Cobh. Low Road is in the more desirable end of Cobh, known as Rushbrook, and with beautiful views over the river, and Whitepoint Strand close by, would make a good family home too. There are large and well-kept mature gardens with a raised patio area and vegetable beds to tempt the “good lifer”. And for those looking to commute to Cork, both Cobh and Rushbrook stations are just five minutes’ walk. The current owners have raised their family and are now looking to downsize to something smaller.
Agent: English Auctioneers and Valuers (021) 481 1494
Cedarwood Lodge, Summerhill, Co Meath
Architect-designed and built in 2010, this roomy cedar-clad house runs to 278 sqm and comprises of four large double bedrooms. On the ground floor, the open-plan kitchen is a foodie’s dream, with plenty of counter space, high-gloss kitchen units, and an island with hob and an American-style fridge freezer. Timber ceiling beams add a country flavour, while French doors out to the garden ensure a brightly lit space. The living room also has French doors and there are two ground-floor bedrooms and a bathroom, one of which could be converted into a study, or used for an elderly relative. Underfloor heating runs throughout the ground floor. Upstairs, both bedrooms are en suite and both feature balconies perfect for enjoying the views of the rolling countryside. The property is well-suited for a family wishing to get the best of both worlds with the village of Summerhill just 3km away and Dublin city a 30 minutes’ commute.
Agent: REA Coonan (01) 628 6128
Greenane Hall, Cappanacush West, Kenmare, Co Kerry
This spacious architect-designed house was built in the Tudor style roughly 20 years ago by the vendors. It comes with 32 acres of land, eight acres of which are in forestry, and a man-made lake on the property offers potential as a wildlife sanctuary. Inside, the large hallway has a balcony above and a large wooden staircase leading to the upper floor. The living room is built on a grand scale with a soaring roof complete with wooden beams and floors, and west-facing windows that offer sunset views. The dining area would accommodate large numbers easily and is decked out in a baronial style with a stone fireplace and flagged floors. Upstairs the large master bedroom has a balcony over Kenmare Bay and a dressing room with built-in wardrobes. Three other bedrooms, all en suite, are in the annexe, while another on the ground floor of the main house could be used as a study. The area is known for its beauty with the Ring of Kerry and Kenmare within 15 minutes’ drive.
Agent: Dominic Daly (021) 427 7399
The Feathers, New Lane, Darcystown, Balrothery, Co Dublin
The vendors of this five-bed detached house near Skerries in north Dublin are also the people who built it 20 years ago as a bungalow. Ten years ago they added a second floor which increased its floor space dramatically, adding a second master bedroom with en suite, a living space and home office. The ground floor has a living room, family room, kitchen/dining area with bay window and built-in seating, utility room, family bathroom and four bedrooms, one en suite. It’s a generously built house, and a major draw is its ¬ acre gardens with mature trees, well-planted flower beds and a block-built shed. To the southwest, a large stepped deck makes a sunny trap for hammocks and barbecue evenings. The property would suit a young family and is well served for schools with Milverton National School, Ardgillan Desmesne and Skerries beach all close. The 191 bus to the city centre runs through Balrothery village and Skerries train station is nearby.
Agent: DNG McKenna Healy (01) 849 1510