Four on the market: energy efficient old homes
A choice of four period properties which have character and the added bonus of energy efficiency.
Ballynagall, Co Westmeath
€360k Charters Estate Agents (01) 651 7000
The 1911 Ordnance Survey map shows a pair of semi-detached cottages situated all by themselves on what is now the L1015 road, not far from Lough Owel in Co Westmeath. The structure has now been converted into one house - with a very creditable B3 energy rating - and completely renovated. It has four bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room, and a separate sitting room, with a total floor area of 2,500 sq ft. It's on three-quarters of an acre with lawns, a patio and raised flowerbeds.
Newbrook House, Co Mayo
€299.5k Property Partners Durcan (094) 902 2039
The 17th-century Newbrook House, seat of Henry Bingham, in Ballyglass, Claremorris, was reportedly burnt down in the mid-19th century. It's shown as being 'in ruins' on the second edition OS map (1894). The outbuildings have been saved and now constitute a lovely stone residence on an acre of working gardens. It has four bedrooms (two en-suite), along with an open-plan kitchen/dining/living room, a sitting room and a study. The BER is C2. There's a courtyard with outbuildings, an orchard and walled gardens.
Mount Desert, Co Cork
€595k ERA Downey McCarthy (021) 490 5000
About two-and-a-half kilometres from Cork city centre, on the Blarney Road, is the townland of Mount Desert. There's a wood there, formerly in the estate of Mount Desert House, and now part of the curtilage of St Joseph's Care Village. Nearby is this two-storey stone house which was built around 1900 and extended some 20 years ago to 1,900 sq ft. It has five bedrooms upstairs, with two en-suites, and three reception rooms and a kitchen downstairs. There's zoned central heating and solar panels, and the energy rating is C2.
'Cosima', 5 Victoria Ter, Limerick
€590k Rooney Auctioneers (061) 413511
'Cosima' is part of a Victorian terrace set well back from the street at South Circular Road in Limerick, and though it's been refurbished and extended, it still has its original coach house. The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage says it "adds immeasurably" to the house's historic importance, while the selling agents suggest it could bring in rental income as an apartment. The house itself is 2,427 sq ft and the BER is B3. The ground floor has an L-shaped kitchen/dining room and a study, and there are five bedrooms.