Four on the market: canal-side houses
These four canal-side properties contain loads of character in addition to a charming setting.
Digby Bridge Cottage, Co Kildare
AMV€250k Jordan Town and Country, (045) 433 550
Digby Bridge spans the Grand Canal with the 16th lock just next to it, and Digby Bridge Cottage overlooks the whole. Having been extended from its 1790s footprint, the cottage is now 1,937 sq ft. That includes five bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen, conservatory and office. It needs modernising inside but outside it's a treat as it is, with two acres of lovely grounds including an orchard, woodland and a stable. The cottage is about four kilometres from both Clane and Sallins. It will be auctioned on July 3 at 3pm at the Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge, unless it sells before that.
The Dispensary, Daingean, Co Offaly
€395k Sherry FitzGerald Lewis Hamill, (057) 932 0862
'The Dispensary' fronts onto Molesworth Street in Daingean, and the Grand Canal flows along right next to it, along with the Grand Canal Way walk. Built in about 1900, the property consists of a two-storey house along with a lofted coach house and stables, a courtyard and a walled garden out the back. The house itself is 2,368 sq ft and very well cared for, with two reception rooms on the ground floor along with a breakfast room and kitchen. The four bedrooms are on the upper two floors. The adjoining single-storey wing has been a doctor's surgery.
The Lock House, Co Carlow
€145k Sherry FitzGerald McDermott, (059) 972 0528
The odd pleasure boat might pass this 18th-century lock-keeper's house right next to Tinnahinch Lock. It's on a short canal at Lower Tinnahinch, bypassing a stretch of the River Barrow, with Wind in the Willows views along the water and across it to Co Kilkenny. A flight of steps leads from the garden up to the first floor, which is where the two bedrooms are. The ground floor has an open-plan kitchen and living room with a fireplace, and a shower room, in a floor area of 603 sq ft. It's at the end of a private access road so it's perfectly private, and less than two kilometres from Graiguenamanagh.
6 Windsor Terrace, Portobello, D8
€725k DNG Central, (01) 679 4088
The houses of Windsor Terrace face full south towards the Grand Canal, and while many of them have made over their front gardens to car parking, No6 has not. There's still a flower-filled space out there in which to sit and enjoy the stilly, greeny view. There's a 38ft paved back yard as well, some of which at least might be sacrificed to extend the house from its current 1,335 sq ft. You reach the yard from a nice, west-facing, lean-to sunroom off the kitchen, and there are two more reception room on the ground floor as well. Upstairs are three bedrooms (one en suite) and a bathroom.