Some Grew Over The Cuckoo Nest
CARRIG Cottage, a refurbished romantic cottage in County Wicklow, has been home for the same married couple since the 1980s, when they moved to the country in search of a scenic and quiet life.
The 1930s-built house at Cuckoo Lane is located half a mile outside Rathnew and comes with three quarters of an acre of gardens.
This has been attentively tended to over the years and includes apple trees, Italian alder and orange-peel clematis.
There's even the obligatory covering of wisteria, which has grown over the gable end.
Accommodation includes a kitchen in the rustic style with terracotta floor tiles, a breakfast bar and wood panelling. There's a living room with an antique fireplace (gas-fitted), maple floors and window views of the mountains and countryside.
For those who want to get some weekend work done in peace away from it all, there's a study with built-in shelves or a bright sunroom with a door to the garden.
From here, there's also a stairs up to an indoor viewing gallery with laminate wooden flooring. From this perch the view stretches as far as the Irish sea.
This platform has been invaluable for the lady of the house, who is a landscape painter.
At almost 1400 sq ft, the house has three bedrooms, one of which is double sized and the bathroom comes with its original window shutters, a mosaic tiled floor with under-floor heating, full wall tiling, a standing feature bath and a wet room shower.
There are modern concessions for cosiness and practicality, including gas-fired central heating, a garage plumbed for white goods, double-glazed PVC windows and triple insulation in the attic.
This home also comes with an environmentally friendly Bio Cycle waster treatment system.
The house is located an hour's drive from Dublin.
The owners are moving back into the city to be closer to their grown-up family and agents O'Gorman Properties (01-2871144) are seeking €325,000 on their behalf.