Live on history's doorstep
Maydenhayes, Mornington, Co Meath
Mornington, a village that sits where the river Boyne meets the Irish Sea, is a blend of the old and new: it is in the heart of the Boyne Valley region - home to some of the most archaeologically significant sites in the country, including the passage tombs at Newgrange - yet is linked to Drogheda, Dublin and Belfast via motorways.
The village, once known as Maydenhayes, lends its name both to developer Mornington New Homes and to Maydenhayes, the scheme of three and four-bed homes it is building around the 19th century Donacarney House and its grounds.
The first 20 properties Mornington New Homes released in September have all been reserved, with some new residents having already moved in. But a new four-bed showcase will open for the first time this weekend for Maydenhayes Lane, a tranche of 15 homes the developer is releasing at the eponymous scheme.
The fresh row of houses at Maydenhayes Lane will form part of the development's U-shape around Donacarney House. Four of the new 15 properties are four-beds and 11 are three-beds, though all of the homes have the potential to convert loft space into an extra bedroom, home office or playroom. There are five different house types to choose from in all.
Buying a home in the east Meath estate means getting plenty of bang for your buck: the four-beds, which range in size from 1,350 sq ft to 1,549 sq ft, are priced from €259,000.
The size of the three-beds go from 1,165 sq ft to 1,248 sq ft, with prices starting from €235,000 (the loft conversion costs extra).
The exteriors are red-brick with a contrast white render and there is an inset front door in a matte grey with glass panelling to the side and top.
Shrubbery divides each property and there is space for two vehicles on the cobble-lock paved driveway out front. The rear garden has timber fencing supported by concrete posts.
Inside, each home has a fitted kitchen and bedroom wardrobes, a guest WC and utility room, higher-than-standard ceilings, and a walk-in wardrobe in the master ensuite bedroom.
All of the homes have an A energy efficient rating and feature a Dimplex A-Class air-sourced heat pump that provides hot water and heating efficiently and economically.
Golf fans among the would-be buyers will find plenty of putting at Baltray near Drogheda and at nearby Bettystown, while beachgoers would be within easy reach of Laytown and Clogherhead. Commuters travelling from Maydenhayes can use the M1/M50 to reach the centre of Dublin, Swords or Dublin Airport. There is a train link from Drogheda - a 5km distance from Maydenhayes - to Dublin and Belfast.
The showhouses are on view tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm. All of the homes are scheduled to be completed by April.
Asking price: €235,000 - €259,000
Agent: Knight Frank New Homes (01) 6342466 or Tommy Lee Auctioneers (01) 8357089