Saturday 24 February 2018

Bungalow with tower in gardenWhat: Three bed with sea views and a Martello tower

Where: Dun Ar Ruin, Duncannon, Co Wexford

How much: €275,000

How wonderful would it be to have your very own tower? Well, Dun Ar Ruin includes not just a well maintained three-bedroom property with sea views, but it also comes with its very own Martello Tower dating back to the early 19th century in its back garden.

With a guide price of €275,000, the house is just a short walk from the seaside village of Duncannon and you approach the property by a long driveway. The main house extends to 92 square metres, opening with a bright entrance hall leading to a sitting room with solid fuel stove. There is also a dining room, a living room, three bedrooms and a shower room, and the house has a BER E1 rating.

But the unique selling point of this house is certainly its tower. This granite built Martello Tower is one of only three built in Co Wexford as defences against a planned invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte. Local myth suggests there are tunnels connecting the towers to the Fort.

This Martello Tower is a free-standing, compact, squat, circular, two-storey structure built over a vaulted cellar with a parapet-protected roof which has a fixture for a large traversing cannon.

The tower stands 10m high, with bomb-proof walls, over three metres thick in places.

There is a stone staircase to the roof and the first-floor was the garrison's living quarters for 11 men and one officer. There were two rooms on this floor with one window and one fireplace in each.

The entrance door was on this floor also. It was 3m from the ground and access was by a ladder. The ground floor was devoted to storage of materials and supplies.

There is a well in the cellar.

Enquiries to P N O'Gorman Ltd, Tel: 051 421226 Web:

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