Tuesday 23 January 2018

A little nest in south Kerry

23 Market Street €250k

23 Market Street
23 Market Street
23 Market Street

After Sir William Petty completed the Down Survey of Ireland in 1656, he was given a nice golden handshake consisting of 30,000 acres of land in County Kerry.

He decided to found a town there and populate it with English colonists. He called it Kenmare, although the original Irish name of the settlement had been Neidín, which means little nest.

It's not so little any more, having its resident population of 2,000-odd people augmented annually by thousands upon thousands of ambling tourists.

At Market Street in the heart of the town - formerly known as Pound Lane - is a cute Victorian double-fronted cottage that might still be described as a little nest for someone who fancies holidaying in Kenmare, or indeed retiring to live there.

Number 23 Market Street is one of a group of nine terraced cottages built in 1874, as indicated by the plaque above the front door. In 2007, it was completely renovated, giving it a chic modern interior concealed behind a quaint Victorian streetfront.

It is 700 sq ft in size, with two rooms on each floor. The ground floor has a kitchen and dining room with granite counter tops and double glass doors to a small terrace garden out the back.

One of the two bedrooms is downstairs, next to the kitchen, and has an en-suite shower room. The master bedroom, also en-suite, is upstairs, next to a living room with a vaulted ceiling and eye-level fireplace.

And because it is in the centre of town, Market Street is close to all of Kenmare's various amenities. Most of these, it has to be said, will inevitably be tourism-related, but the upside of that is that gourmands can always find an enjoyable meal.

Number 23 Market Street is for sale for €250,000 with Engel & Voelkers in Kinsale (021) 477 3200.

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