Sunday Independent Property measure up four similar properties in the South East
Phil and Kirstie know that location, location, location is what it's all about - and nowhere is this more true than with holiday homes.
If you're on vacation, you don't really want to be getting in the car to drive to the beach and you do want to be able to look at the ocean while you're having your morning coffee or evening sundowners. Also, the level of comfort that is needed in a holiday house is different to that required in a year-round home. No one wants to be too precious when it comes to getting sand on the furniture or if someone leaves wet towels where they shouldn't. And you want to be able to invite the cousins and the children's friends along on a whim.
The Beach House is located on a generous site in Kenny's Burrow and comprises a compact but well laid-out chalet, a three-bedroom mobile home and a separate games house. Together, they offer a charmed and casual escape from city life, with Gorey town and the M11 motorway (J23) less than a 10-minute drive away.
Located right on the water, with clear views along the north Wexford coastline, there are raised decking and patio areas ideal for barbecues. Inside, the chalet has two bedrooms and a shower room, plus a conservatory and open-plan living room/kitchen, fitted with a Bosch gas hob and oven and an integrated kitchen.
The mobile home also has an open-plan living room/kitchen, three compact bedrooms (no one really minds a squeeze when they are on holiday) and shower-room. Both the chalet and mobile home have oil-fired central heating, making year-round visits a possibility, a prospect that might appeal to creative types in need of seclusion to work on a demanding project. It would make an ideal writer's retreat.
The detached games room, meanwhile, is on the water's edge and there is a separate shed ideal for storing beach and outdoor equipment. The Beach House is lovely as it is, but there's the potential to make it altogether more chi-chi if desired.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald O'Leary Kinsella (053) 9430088
Bayview is a luxury home located in a private development of eight houses, within walking distance of Poulshone Beach and the local shop. Gorey and access to the M11 are less than 10 minutes' drive away. It is described by the agents as spacious and tastefully decorated, with three double bedrooms, two living rooms, a dining area and kitchen, and a large utility room. One of the bedrooms is en suite and there is also a family bathroom. The back garden is family-friendly and enclosed with two side entrances and a deck that catches the afternoon and evening sun. The garden is low-maintenance.
Agent: CD Auctioneers (053) 9481708
Sea Cottage at Porter's Rock on the outskirts of Arklow is a new but unfinished residence on a two-acre site on the beach. There is 297.8sqm of living space and while the exterior is complete, it's up to the purchaser to finish the interior. There are mains water and electricity on site, but the purchaser will need to install a sewage system and to wire and plumb the house. The location is of historic interest, having been part of the Kynoch era, 1895 to 1918, when 4,000 people were employed making explosives for the mining industries of the UK and South Africa, with the dunes used as barriers should an explosion occur.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Myles Doyle (0402) 32367
Ballinamona is a superior holiday home, a fine, architect-designed, luxury, six-bedroom bungalow located in Whiting Bay in Ardmore, Co Waterford. The house is on 1/3 of an acre of safe, gated gardens ideal for children, close to sandy beaches and adjacent to the fishing village of Ardmore. Ballinamona has panoramic sea views and direct access onto Goat Island Beach. The agents say there will not be planning permission for any other houses along this stretch of sand/road into the future, so this is a once-off opportunity to secure a property of this design and finish.
Agent: Denise Radley Auctioneers (058) 42168