Four of a kind with Granny Flats
Sunday Independent Property showcases four similar homes with granny flats
Salmon fishing in Kilkenny
Granny might not mind giving up her own house if it means that she gets to live in this contemporary architect-designed home on the banks of the River Nore. And if granny is partial to a bit of fishing then so much the better, because the largest salmon caught in Ireland in the past 20 years - a whopping 32 pounder - was landed in one of the Nore's famous salmon pools just upstream.
The Boat House is approached via the gates of Woodstock Desmesne, past the ruined house and its magnificent gardens. It stands on its own one-acre site, and was designed to take maximum advantage of its setting and views. It is located in the Tighe Estate, in a "Landscape Conservation Area", with a splendid stand of beech, oak, ash, laurel and pine on the far side of the river. The location is a 3km drive or 20-minute river walk from the village of Inistioge.
The double height entrance hall is dominated by a Rocco Borghese chandelier, and there is a sweeping staircase up to the first floor. At ground floor level, there are a living room, dining room and kitchen with picture windows and sliding doors leading out to the teak-decked balcony that overlooks the river and surrounding countryside, and a wildlife population of swans, otters, hares, pine martens, swallows and kingfishers. The hand-crafted kitchen in walnut was designed and made specifically for the house and there's a separate utility room. Also at ground floor level is a bedroom - or home office - with en-suite shower room and dressing room.
At first floor level there are two double bedrooms, both en-suite. The master bedroom has a corner window that takes in the gorgeous views. On the return is a further room which could be used as a small bedroom or an office. The ground floor of the return offers separate accommodation for granny with a spacious living area that has two double French doors with direct access to the river. There is a fully fitted kitchen area, and two spacious bedrooms, both en-suite, one with a Jacuzzi bath.
Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255
2/2a Oliver Plunkett Villas off Monkstown Farm is a two bedroom semi-detached house with a two-storey annex and a south-facing rear garden. The location is convenient to both Monkstown and Dun Laoghaire. The main house has an entrance hall with under-stairs storage, living room, kitchen and dining room on the ground floor, while upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a shower room. The annex has a kitchen/dining room, living room, double bedroom, bathroom and attic room which is currently in use as a bedroom. The rear garden is shared by both properties and has gated side access.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 284 4422
Clonmethan in Oldtown, Co Dublin, is a four-bed, four-bath detached house located 15km from Dublin Airport. The house sits on an elevated position with views of the surrounding countryside, on a 0.6-acre site surrounded by beech hedging. The entire property is described by the agents as being in excellent condition and decorated to a high standard. A self-contained apartment has its own access and is completely separate, but can be entered via the hall of the main house. The apartment has a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom, as well as its own independent ESB, heating, and alarm system.
Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255
Number 4 Ardross in Lehenaghmore, Cork, is a custom-built four bedroom detached family home on 0.55 acres. The room proportions are generous and the house is light and bright, with four large bedrooms, the main en-suite and three reception rooms. The kitchen is in solid wenge oak, there are oak, walnut, cherry and maple wood floors and high quality finishes and fittings throughout. Outside, there are mature gardens, lawns, a patio and a deck. A detached granny flat/home office is currently used as storage but could be easily fitted out as a separate accommodation unit. The house is convenient to Cork city and on two bus routes.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (021) 4273041