Wednesday 26 October 2016

Art lover's cottage in Co Meath for €320k

Oak Cottage AMV €320k

Published 29/04/2016 | 02:30

The cottage, which dates from the 1920s, has been extended but retains its character.
The cottage, which dates from the 1920s, has been extended but retains its character.
The kitchen has a beamed ceiling and quarry-tiled floor.

Kilcock Art Gallery was established in 1978 and is still run by its founder, Breda Smyth. Now, though, she wants to live closer to the gallery, so she's selling her restored cottage at Clongiffen, near Enfield, Co Meath, by public auction.

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'Oak Cottage' dates from the 1920s but has been renovated along the way, and extended, so that it now stands at about 1,800 sq ft. It still has a cottage atmosphere though, with beamed ceilings, reclaimed oak floors and several fireplaces.

There's one of these fireplaces in the master bedroom, which has a vaulted and beamed ceiling, a dressing room and an en-suite with a Victorian claw-foot bath. As well as the master there are three other bedrooms, two with beamed ceilings and one with an original cast-iron fireplace.

The living room, which measures 25ft8 by 14ft4, also has a vaulted ceiling and there's a stone fireplace in there. It's a dual-aspect room, with oak floors and French doors to the garden.

The kitchen has a quarry-tiled floor, oak cabinets and an oil-fired range. Adjoining it is a dining area with a corner window and more sunlight coming through a large rooflight.

The house is on an acre-and-a-half of grounds, with two electronic entrance gates. There's a paddock behind the house which the agents point out might become a site for another house, although that would rather wreck the seclusion of the property.

Elsewhere, the gardens include a Japanese-style courtyard, a patio and fish pond, a vegetable garden, flowerbeds, and generous plantings of hardwoods including ash, beech and poplar. There's also a dog pen, so you can keep your dog out of trouble.

'Oak Cottage' will be auctioned by Property Partners Brady (01) 651 0000 in the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, on Thursday, May 26 at 3pm. The AMV is €320,000.

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