Tuesday 17 September 2019

Distinguished Athlone house gets restored to its former glory

Cross Haven, Bonavalley €289k

The open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge
The open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge
Cross Haven extends to 1,464 sq ft

When the people from Google Street View visited the townland of Bonavalley in Athlone, Co Westmeath, in 2010, they photographed one very unusual house getting a major facelift.

A workmen's van was backed up to the door, there was gravel heaped everywhere, a skip lurked hungrily in the driveway, and the house looked very sorry for itself indeed.

The place is known as Cross Haven, and it's an unusual, flat-roofed, early 20th-century house whose potential was evident even amid the chaos that then surrounded it.

Fast-forward almost a decade and Cross Haven has had its glory restored, its uncommon characteristics enhanced and even some new features added.

Cross Haven extends to 1,464 sq ft
Cross Haven extends to 1,464 sq ft

The small-scale symmetry you can observe from the front elevation belies the fact that the house has been extended to 1,464 sq ft, with quite a sprawling ground floor.

Either side of the entrance hall there's a reception room, each with unusual curved ceilings.

To the left is a sitting room, with a study off it, and to the right is a living room, where the stairs is, both rooms have wooden floors.

Duck into a rear hallway behind the living room then and you'll reach a big (roughly 27ft by 22ft) open-plan tiled kitchen, dining room and lounge, with a wall of windows and French doors giving onto the garden.

The back garden is lawned with a gravel patio.

Also off that inner hallway is a bathroom with a bath and separate shower, along with a bedroom. Another two bedrooms can be found on the first floor.

Bonavalley is just on the outskirts of Athlone. The town centre is about 20 minutes' walk in one direction, and Athlone Institute of Technology is about the same distance away in the other.

Cross Haven is for sale for €289,000 with Sherry FitzGerald O'Meara in Athlone (0906) 475 500.

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