Take Four: Gate lodges with plenty of character
We take four similar properties throughout the country and compare them in price, location and value for money.
What: A recently modernised and upgraded red brick lodge
Where: Trabeg, Co. Cork
Although it is 100 years old, Trabeg has been extended and upgraded in the last 10 years to meet all the requirements of modern living.
It now measures 1,733 sq ft and incorporates a kitchen/breakfast room which comes with a series of appliances included in the sale price, including a fridge freezer, a washing machine and a dishwasher.
The dining area comes with an antique cast-iron fireplace with a mahogany mantel and there's a hardwood floor in situ.
In addition, the house has a living room and an office/study, which has been built as a mezzanine and is wood floored.
There are three bedrooms, the master comes with an en-suite with a walk-in wardrobe, and a bathroom.
Downstairs, the kitchen leads out into a courtyard garden with a fountain feature.
There is a separate decked area and patio which is south-west facing. Also included in the sale is a storage outbuilding which takes the family bikes and garden tools.
The Douglas Road is 3.5km from Cork city and UCC. Mahon Golf Club is the same distance to the east. Mahon is one of the best public golf courses in Cork and is renowned for its unusually demanding greens.
Enquiries to: Cohalan Downing (021) 4277717
What: An ivy-covered two-bed lodge in a rustic style
Where: New Ross Co. Kilkenny
With exposed beams, hardwood floors and a cast-iron fireplace, this gate lodge has retained many original features. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, living room and kitchen, which comes with fitted units and a Belfast sink.
It comes with an E2 energy rating, so could probably benefit from some upgrade works by the new owner. It has a pitched roof and could possibly be extended.
Accessed on a gravel turn in a cul-de-sac, the property is set on large grounds with lawn, mature planting and a large patio area with access to the Barrow estuary.
The cottage is 6km from New Ross and 24km from the Mount Juliet Estate and golf club.
Enquiries to: Sherry FitzgGerald Radford (051) 426161
What: A stylish gothic lodge house with turrets
Where: Woodenbridge Co. Wicklow
Circular geometry is a big part of this period home, which comes with a rounded entrance hall, leaded windows in the living room and a curving mosaic-tiled Turkish bathroom.
At 1,023 ft, the accommodation includes two double bedrooms with a fireplace in the master chamber; a kitchen with a gas range and a living/dining room.
Woodenbridge is 3.5km from Avoca and the well-known golf club in the village is adjacent. Dublin city is 71km distance, which might make this a nice country house for a city family. The property is found by travelling south through Woodenbridge, taking a left at the hotel and it is 1km on the right hand side.
Enquiries to: Sherry FitzGerald Catherine O Reilly (0404) 66466
What: A brand new gate lodge built in the regency style
Where: Clonee in Meath
Although built in 2005, this four-bedroom gate lodge's regency styling gives it a period appearance. Measuring 2,140 sq ft on 0.3 acres, it has a walnut kitchen with integrated Neff appliances.
Marble flooring features throughout the living areas and two of the bedrooms are en-suite, the master measuring 250 sq ft.
There are two reception rooms, a dining room and utility with access via a gravel avenue. There are hardwood glazed windows throughout.
Clonee is in Co Meath but half of it is Dublin 15, giving easy access to the city via the N3 and M50 which is 5km away. The Phoenix Park is 10km and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre is 5km away.
Enquiries to: Anne Bannon Auctioneers (01) 8011300