Country bolt-holes don't come much prettier than Ardglassan Cottages in the chocolate-box village of Ardglassan near Crossakiel in Co Meath. Here two rows of whitewashed single-storey cottages, originally built to accommodate the workers on nearby Clonabreany House Estate (now an upmarket wedding venue), face one other. There's a lovely, quiet, rural sensibility to the the place.
Last week we chatted about one of the most colourful plants of all, roses. These stalwarts of the garden are a little investment, in both time and cash. They'll take a while to achieve their full potential. However, if you're impatient, gardening to a budget and yet still love colour, then read on!
Q We gifted our daughter a house that was left to me some years ago and she spent significant (borrowed) money doing it up. After she married, her husband moved in. They are now divorcing and she plans to stay there while he moves on. They had no children and he was never on the deeds. We are horrified to discover that he is insisting she sell it and give him half the proceeds. She cannot afford to buy him out instead. How can we keep it in the family?
Thousands of tourists climb to the top of the old Jameson Distillery Chimney in Smithfield, Dublin 7, every year to get a bird's eye view of the capital. It takes determination, as the lift has been decommissioned for safety reasons so you now have to troop up 244 steps.
freshly built apartment blocks don't suit all affluent downsizers. In Dun Laoghaire, those who are trading down from period properties aren't just accustomed to homes with sea views, they want a space that will suit the antique furniture they've accumulated over the years.
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